Today's Technology: Guitar Tuning

It used to be that the average person playing a stringed instrument, often it would be a guitar, had in terms of tuning resources, a tuning fork. This at the time would be considered as the 'best guitar tuner'. In this era, more houses had pianos so it was also common to tune to the piano. In other circles a pitch pipe was used. Many tuned by ear and you can even hear this 'ear tuning' on some popular albums that were recorded at the time. All these tuning circumstances encouraged pitch sensitivity. The instrumentalist really had to focus on what he or she is hearing and tune whatever string involved accordingly.

What was initially available at the time in terms of technology was the 'strobe tuner' created by Peterson Tuners. These tuners were often used by those in the recording and touring profession but were too expensive for the average musician. This tuner was very accurate by nature and was based on technology that was actually invented in 1931. To understand how strobe technology works it might be helpful to look at how it is applied in other industries: any thing that might use a 'flashing light'. This can be found in the airline industry, movie and theater industries, today the cell tower industry and so on. That 'flashing motion' causes circular motion to appear to stop in mid motion until the next flash. Presumably this technique can be applied instead to the sound wave of a guitar string being tuned rather than a light wave and the 'stillness' effect occurs when both are matching the same frequency.

It was the 'Korg' company that came out with the first 'hand held' tuner and this would be in 1975. This tuner was at the time a usable device for all musicians with a price that fit the need. This conception at the time spawned a whole new industry where upon many companies got into the business of instrument tuning. The WT-10 had an L.C.D analog needle display and actually looks similar to a rectangle transistor radio of the time. It could be held up by a brace in the back and looked like it has a number of features on the side. Buttons pressed would accord with the string being tuned. A similar looking tuner is actually available today by the same company with added features.

Today we have many different types of tuners. We have 'clip on' tuners (this idea first spawned by the Intellitouch company), and more console tuners by various companies. We have other companies jumping into the strobe technology arena. We have tuners on a capo, tuners that also have chord references, tuners that have great 'strobe-like' displays and other tuners that have a better response time then others. Some hang on to a note longer than average making the tuner easier to use. We have tuners (usually the clip on style) designed for difficult visual or auditory tuning environments. We have also wireless tuners (exclusively at this time by Korg) with the orchestral environment in mind and tuners that are good for the budget. Many are chromatic and others are designed for a range of instruments. Some are good to use for alternate tuning needs and others for mandolin and violin pitch range. Many have a 'pitch reference' and or a metronome. Many have calibration settings.

Clearly today we have the convenience of a wide range of technology available for a wide range of needs. Because of this we have made whatever tuning situation much easier. For example setting up before a play or setting up before a gig has become less arduous. There are higher tuning standards with today's recordings that come out. People can now tune at the same time without interfering in each others process. When considering a tuner it is important to consider what your needs are in order to make the best investment. It is my hope that in all this our 'pitch' sensitivity needed for yesterday does not get neglected for the conveniences of today.

Energy Preserving and Durable Warning Light LED

A warning light LED conserves energy while giving out high intensity beams with low beam temperature. Their durability and resilience is what makes them ideal for emergency vehicle lighting. Warning lights are used in many different places including highway patrol cars, construction sites especially on the highways, cop cars, ambulances and fire engines. The lights have undergone a lot of improvement in recent times. They can be easily controlled with control circuits which could be as small as an embedded chip in some cases. Using this chip they can be customized to suit different requirements.

Warning light LED circuits make use of III generation LED technology. These light emitting diodes usually include 1 watt elements which keep heat dissipation to a minimum, saving a lot of energy. These can be operated with voltage sources of around 12V. Warning lights are seen in several combination of colors including red, amber, green and even white. The lights can be synchronized to provide several types of flash patterns that can be used for different purposes. The flashback shield that is provided along with these lights can be adjusted for the right angle. Mounting brackets, suction cups and cigarette plug switch for operating these lights are also provided along with other accessories. The intensity of the flashing patterns can also be altered for day and night usage.

Warning light LED varieties also include 10 head, 8 head, 4 head and 2 head combination with different number of flashing patterns. The number of LED elements per head is usually fixed at 3. A push button can be used to change the flashing patterns with ease. The sleek lights are also enhanced with a waterproof design that permits the usage of these lights in harsh weather conditions for long hours. LED arrays are also manufactured in single, multiple or dual modules. The outer lenses are quite small and clear, which makes them undetectable. This permits their usage in stealth vans as well. Linear and split LED models are also manufactured for enhancing the number of options that are available while choosing these lights for various purposes.

One of the most notable attributes of warning light LED circuits, manufactured by some companies is the compactness of the circuit. These compact modules can be mounted anywhere and are highly portable too. Special attention is paid to the resiliency of these circuits. Therefore they can be used in heavy-duty applications, marine applications as well as in other off-road vehicles. The resiliency ensures that the models which are corrosion and moisture resistant can give you extreme longevity even when used in salty, wet and dusty conditions. Therefore these warning lights can be used with motorbikes, utility vehicles and equipment used in different industries. Surface mounted LED circuits can provide wide-angle visibility which is quite critical for warning lights. The compact lights are very easy to install and customize too. The lights can be used in combination with tail and composite lamps in vehicles as well.

Make Your Static Pages Interesting Through Flash

Website can get really boring if it doesn't have any zing or so. Having animations being used in flash websites removes the boringness of a web space or page.

Face it. There are lots of websites in the internet and there could be billions or millions of them. Everyday websites inputs different categories or informations and competition between websites that caters to same markets are fierce.

Your only chance of scoring from visitors to have them revisit your site was, through enticing them using web designs or by making animations with flash. Websites with great designs has more capacity to get seen and heard, and often a great image/animation often leaves a mark to visitors -- and they would love to see your site again, if they found something new or fresh.

Probably, you might have seen great or astounding animations as you search through different websites, your interest or your subconscious might have pushed you into wondering on--how they were able to make the lovely design.

That kind of animation is called "FLASH". Flash is a popular means of creating high-quality, and sleek animations, or even light-weight animations, website layouts, and images.

If you're a web surfer, you must learn or have a hint or knowledge in using this technology, as it can be massively used in web page designing.

Flash websites often increase the chances of having your site noticed among all other websites; as you can make them more stand out compared to other forms of design technologies.

Flash designing can help you create marketing ads, animated images, movies, banners, presentations, tutorials, and even high-quality visual effects in your website.

If your website does not have any image or any animation-- and only contains static images and texts, you can spruce it up using Flash. Websites be turned user friendly, interesting, and fun through the use of flash.

However, the fallback of using too many flash images depends on your means of earning. If you want to earn through Search Engine Optimization or SEO, it is not advisable to have your site designed fully using flash.

If you are earning through SEO, you must use a combination of HTML and Flash so that informations or data from your site can easily be optimized.

If you have added flash animations in your site, you can instantly give an appeal on your website. These animations makes your site achieve a level of graphical feel, amazing visual effects, interactive multimedia, animations, and a personal "feel" or attraction with the merchandises that you sell, or whatever that you wanted to showcase in creating the site.

Using flash on your websites not just spruces up your website, but give your web space an unlimited potential to become a great looking site.

Adding Flash intros or banners in your website was needed to make a personalize and competitive website that could leave a mark to users, and could even raise the chance of having them revisit, or appreciate your site more.

Presently, professional web designers are of high demand. They can play with flash animations and they know how to make interesting or eye-catching designs and effects, that is much needed in making an eye-candy website.

Save Money And Enjoy The Night With LED Bicycle Lights

The New LED Bicycle Lights make Night Riding More Fun

LED Bicycle Lights have completely changed the cost and safety of riding a bicycle at night. As recently as 2004 the standard light was a halogen bulb bicycle light. The old Halogen technology was about 50% brighter for the same power rating than a regular bulb. With a Halogen bulb you could get six to eight hours of use from a set of C or D batteries and you would get about 150 candle power.

LED Bicycle Lights are much Brighter

The latest LED Bike Headlights are ten times brighter than the older Halogen lights. That is right 1500 Candlepower from a set of 4 AA batteries. Going from two Halogen lights on my bicycle to one of the new LED lights was amazing. The one light is so much brighter than I can believe from just 4 little AA batteries. The two halogen lights I used to run on my bike put out about 150 candlepower each and two C cell would last rom 6 to 10 hours. My new light works up to 90 hours and puts out 1500 candlepower.

Batteries for LED Bicycle Lights keep going and going.....

The HL-EL500 is rated by Cateye for 90 hours on standard batteries. This will last most people a couple of years. I used to put batteries in every couple of weeks with the old Halogen bulbs. I have gotten a full winter season out of one set of batteries in my new LED Bicycle Lights.

Do not use Rechargeable Batteries

Rechargeable batteries are great for items that drain your batteries quickly. Unless you ride for an hour a night a couple a nights per week you will probably only go through a set of batteries every year or two.

Light Safety

Do not leave your light on your bike when you lock it up. Almost all the new lights can be removed in a matter of seconds. It is really a pain to come out to your bike and find your light stolen.

LED Tail Lights

LED tail lights are very important if you are riding in traffic. The flashing rear light will alert the passing motorists. I have found that motorists really appreciate the flashing light. They can see you. They have several ways that you can have them flash and a couple of ways that you can mount them to your bike seatpost or bikebag. Often in flashing mode the LED Tailights will work for up to 200 hours.

Avoid Cars

I take responsibility for avoiding cars. When I am on my bicycle I am always aware of what is going on with the cars in my vicinity. I know that even if the car is at fault if there is a collision between myself and a car my body will be the one that pays.

Enjoy your bike---Think outside the Car.

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