Speaker Comparison

Last Saturday, I went to Arndale to do some window shopping and did a desktop speaker comparison at Currys. The two speakers compared were Panasonic SC-NE1, which uses “aero stream port technology” to deliver a deep dynamic rich bass (1), and Bose SoundLink Air, which uses “Bose waveguide speaker technology” to deliver rich detailed sound(2). Both of them were wireless speakers : Panasonic SC-NE1 uses Bluetooth and Airplay (technology used by Apple devices) as media for connectivity and the technology used in Bose SoundLink Air for connectivity is only AirPlay, which is a bit of a bummer. Both these speakers have auxiliary inputs, so they can be connected to the phone or laptop using a cable with a 3.5 mm jack, if AirPlay is an issue. The Bose speaker has a remote, so the speaker can be controlled from anywhere within range but the Panasonic speaker does not have this option.

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Panasonic SC-NE1 (3)

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Bose SoundLink Air (4)

  • First, I’ll give a comparison on sound quality. Both of them had amazing sound quality. However, the sound quality of the Bose speaker was better than that of the Panasonic one. The bass was much more punchier. Panasonic SC-NE1 contains a 3-1/8″ long woofer with a nano-sized bamboo cone and a 1″ tweeter. (1)
  • Next is the size : Bose Soundlink Air is compact and lightweight. It is the ideal speaker for someone living in a small room. On the other hand, Panasonic SC-NE1 is like a sound bar, so it is longer and heavier than Bose Soundlink Air.
  • Finally, the price : Bose Soundlink Air costs almost £ 300.00 and Panasonic SC-NE1 costs £ 115.00. Well, all Bose products are expensive.

In conclusion, if money and WiFi are not restrictions, then the Bose SoundLink Air is a better choice, in my opinion.

References :

(1) SC-NE1 Wireless Speaker Systems – Panasonic. 2014. SC-NE1 Wireless Speaker Systems – Panasonic. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.panasonic.com/uk/consumer/home-entertainment/wireless-speaker-systems/sc-ne1eb.html. [Accessed 28 February 2014].

(2) SoundLink Air digital music system | Bose. 2014. SoundLink Air digital music system | Bose. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.bose.co.uk/GB/en/home-and-personal-audio/bluetooth-ipod-speakers/airplay-speakers/bose-soundlink-air-digital-music-system/. [Accessed 28 February 2014].

(3) Panasonic SC-NE1 2014. . [ONLINE] Available at: http://brain.pan.e-merchant.com/6/8/21408586/l_21408586_001.jpg. [Accessed 28 February 2014].

(4) Bose SoundLink Air 2014. . [ONLINE] Available at: http://brain.pan.e-merchant.com/9/4/17291849/l_17291849_004.jpg. [Accessed 28 February 2014].

Producing Music

I have been using Apple loops found in Logic Pro X software for my tracks (except for the first one). After sharing eight tracks on Soundcloud and being satisfied with eight likes, two comments and 82 plays (which I never expected), I thought, “Enough with loops. Why not create my own melodies and beats?”

Then, I had to think of a suitable melody and a beat for my next track, which was not easy because it should be made unique and grooving, so I placed some notes on the piano roll of Logic Pro X software and did a playback. The starting and the middle sections were great but the end was not that good. After fiddling around with the notes, I finally managed to get a fine melody. For the beat, I listened to some sequences in the “Boom” plug-in found in Pro Tools to get an idea and drew the notes on the piano roll again.

My next step was to figure out how to get the “whoosh” sound found in electronic tracks, which can be created from white noise. After watching some tutorials, I was able to do this using the “ES P” and “Autofilter” plug-ins. A screenshot showing the two plug-ins can be found below:

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Currently, I am investigating on filter sweeping and time compressing, so that I could get the “weew” sound found in electronic tracks (for example, in Vicetone’s remix of “We Come Running” by Youngblood Hawke).

Here are the tracks that I created after the three tracks found in my previous post. Hope you would enjoy them. One of them is R&B.

My Electronic Tracks

Since childhood, I have been interested in music. In the good old days, I liked listening to pop and rap songs. My favourite groups were Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC and Five. As time passed by, I started listening to R&B, rap and hip-hop. Eminem is one of my favourite rappers and Timbaland, who can create amazing beats, is my favoured producer of all time.

In the year 2007, one of my friends introduced me to the flavour of house music. At first, I thought it was just noise (as most people in the older generations think) but then after listening to that genre for several times, I got the hang of it. Since then I’ve been listening to artists such as David Guetta, Avicii, NERVO, Nicky Romero, Fedde le Grand, Vicetone…..and the list goes on. House music has several genres, a common one found these days is Progressive House. I don’t really mind about the genre sometimes : If a particular song puts me in the mood, I listen to it.

Recently, after being inspired by some of my friends who produce music, I too started creating my own tracks in my free time using a software called Logic Pro X. Getting used to a different type of software was difficult in the beginning but I continue to learn and master it. After checking out some YouTube videos on producing music, I created three electronic tracks. Hope people will enjoy them. So far, I’ve got some positive feedback on one of my tracks and I wish to increase my fan base as time goes by. Some people will say that it is very easy to produce music using a laptop, but there is a series of stages involved in producing. The major step involved in the production process is coming up with a great idea. I think that is what matters the most, not the techniques or tricks used to release a great track.

Here are the tracks that I have created so far :