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Scott Levine

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Media Player
« on: December 19, 2017, 09:41:14 pm »

I have been mixing gigs where.people are showing up with all kinds of media containing their tracks. This includes company flash and thumb drives. Is there a micro solution that will fit in my gig box without having to have a laptop?  Thanks.

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Re: Media Player
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2017, 09:41:52 pm »

I have been mixing gigs where.people are showing up with all kinds of media containing their tracks. This includes company flash and thumb drives. Is there a micro solution that will fit in my gig box without having to have a laptop?  Thanks.

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Re: Media Player
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2017, 06:34:05 pm »

Hi Scott,

I use a pair of Denon DN-501Cs for media playback when I don’t want/need/trust my laptop.  They’re nifty units and can handle a wide variety of audio formats on CD or USB.  The Denon DN-300Z is similar but offers more input formats, including SD cards.  I’m not sure how big your gig bag is, but aside from USB dongles or maybe a Best Buy-type solution this is where I’d be looking.  Hope this helps!
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Re: Media Player
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2017, 08:50:27 pm »

Hi Scott,

I use a pair of Denon DN-501Cs for media playback when I don’t want/need/trust my laptop.  They’re nifty units and can handle a wide variety of audio formats on CD or USB.  The Denon DN-300Z is similar but offers more input formats, including SD cards.  I’m not sure how big your gig bag is, but aside from USB dongles or maybe a Best Buy-type solution this is where I’d be looking.  Hope this helps!

Thanks Jeff.  These seem great but I was hoping for something more compact and def. not rack sized.  I have a large pelican case that is pretty damn full!  I was hoping not to add a larger load to tote around.
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Re: Media Player
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2017, 09:05:24 pm »

Thanks Jeff.  These seem great but I was hoping for something more compact and def. not rack sized.  I have a large pelican case that is pretty damn full!  I was hoping not to add a larger load to tote around.
Rolls has a half or third rackspace thing that does wma and MP3 but that wouldn’t be enough formats for me... usb and sd card....



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Re: Media Player
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2017, 03:55:09 pm »

Compact Flash. Damn spell check.

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What still uses CF?  I figured it was dead format by now, like the PCMCIA memory cards used in Yammy's PM5D.
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Re: Media Player
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2017, 03:59:40 pm »

What still uses CF?  I figured it was dead format by now, like the PCMCIA memory cards used in Yammy's PM5D.

What?!?! Do you mean I can take those PCMCIA cards and CF>PCMCIA adapters out of my briefcase? I just need to keep the 12-15 USB sticks I have in there?

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Re: Media Player
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2017, 04:32:40 pm »

What still uses CF?  I figured it was dead format by now, like the PCMCIA memory cards used in Yammy's PM5D.

Some pro cameras still use them. You can actually label the cases for them and not lose them in your pocket


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Re: Media Player
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2017, 05:49:33 pm »

USB / SD media players in the $25-30 range on eBay and Amazon.  Requires a monitor if cueing  trax. 
Definitely small. 
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Re: Media Player
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2017, 08:13:13 pm »

USB / SD media players in the $25-30 range on eBay and Amazon.  Requires a monitor if cueing  trax. 
Definitely small.

Yes, but this also opens up the can of worms of “what do you consider reliable enough and quality enough for professional use?”  Not knowing Scott’s situation it’s hard to say what would cut it.  Even my Denons are a far cry from the true professional solutions found in absolutely critical media playback situations, but I’ve found them robust and reliable enough for things like National Anthem playback at municipal tribute events and whatnot.     
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