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  • BreezSong JAMHUB -- Silent Rehearsal Studio ($300 - $700)

    The JamHub -- Silent Rehearsal Studio

    from BreezSong


    http://jamhub.com/



    At the Nashville NAMM show last summer, a buzz circulated quickly among innovation-seeking show-goers and journalists. It seems that a brand new company called BreezSong had come up with a brand new product called the JamHub. The concept seemed simple enough: a mixer-like unit about the size of a laptop that allows a group of musicians to practice in near silence, with effects and individual volume controls for each channel.



    But the actual device didn’t look anything like a mixer or a headphone amp. It sported a bold, curvaceous new shape, born of the principle that form follows function and owing very little to traditional rectangular form factors. Yet as unique as it was in appearance, person after person who witnessed the demo, or merely looked at this new device responded with, “Aha! I get it!” Apparently, the good folks at NAMM got it, too. The JamHub won three Best of Show awards.







    [pictured: the JamHub TourBus]

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    As with any new paradigm, some explanation is in order, so in this Pro Review I’ll try to relay not only the obvious applications but some of the subtler aspects of the JamHub—insights gathered by using the unit over time. As well, I’ll react and respond to the unit’s stated goal of providing a quieter rehearsal alternative for groups of electronic musicians.

  • JamHubSteve
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    Hey Jon, when you (and/or Craig) are ready, we'd love to have you review our next "big" move www.BandLab.com. We'll have a piece of hardware soon (still working on the patent) that will connect to the JamHub studio, capture discrete tracks of audio, upload them to the BandLab Studio Cloud and let you mix and message from any device you have handy. Check it out. Hope to see you guys at Winter NAMM.

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  • Jon Chappell
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamHubSteve
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    Hey Jon,



    It was nice to see you at NAMM. Sorry we didn't get much time together.



    Hi everyone, one of the things that JamHub LLC has been working on is making music access for everyone more available. At the NAMM show we announced a website that is designed to help your local store or school to offer many "silent studios" that allow everyone to be in a band. Many of us can be in a band because we have (or find) a place to jam. For others it is impossible and they give up on their instrument because playing by yourself is no where near as fun as being in a band.



    Please check out the site, it's called www.jamcamp365.com and we hope that it helps every town to add music lessons that go beyond just instruments. After all, teaching an instrument and not how to be in a band is kind of like teaching someone how to shoot a basket ball and never letting them join a team.



    Have a great day,

    Steve




    Good to see you as well, Steve.



    I liked the photos you showed me of that music school in England. It really demonstrated the value of the JamHub in an educational setting.



    What occurred to me was this: If you're going to be getting your sound from the JamHub, it's not necessary to reposition amps as much. They can stay against the wall, in their own "designated area," etc. It seems like less "furniture moving" is required when you employ a JH. You'd still access the amp to make tonal changes, of course, but since all level controls can be centralized, you don't have to worry about positioning the cabs directly at -- or away from -- other musicians for optimal monitoring.



    That might be especially useful in a store, where amps are often stacked upon each other and organized in rows, to allow for foot traffic.

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  • JamHubSteve
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    Hey Jon,



    It was nice to see you at NAMM. Sorry we didn't get much time together.



    Hi everyone, one of the things that JamHub LLC has been working on is making music access for everyone more available. At the NAMM show we announced a website that is designed to help your local store or school to offer many "silent studios" that allow everyone to be in a band. Many of us can be in a band because we have (or find) a place to jam. For others it is impossible and they give up on their instrument because playing by yourself is no where near as fun as being in a band.



    Please check out the site, it's called www.jamcamp365.com and we hope that it helps every town to add music lessons that go beyond just instruments. After all, teaching an instrument and not how to be in a band is kind of like teaching someone how to shoot a basket ball and never letting them join a team.



    Have a great day,

    Steve

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  • JamHubSteve
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    More JamHub information for people who want to jam more and for those who want to teach. This is a news report from Wales about a school with a bunch of JamHub setups (called "JamPods"). Check it out:






    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHbwK_-dNYQ

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  • JamHubSteve
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    Oh, I should add an example YouTube video of how teachers and kids love doing good old rock n' roll at school.






    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PRXDrJa7QE





    Enjoy,

    Steve

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  • JamHubSteve
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    Hey gang, we've seen some cool schools using JamHubs to add rock music programs to their offerings. One of them said they are starting a "silent music revolution" with JamHubs at the core. Just visited a High School in Gahanna, OH, who is adding two full JamHub setups to their school thanks to the band Peligro 614 who won the School Jam USA battle of the high school bands contest. Great kids, great band, great time. If you are involved with a school and want your music program to add the most popular music and instruments to their program, check out http://www.JamHub.com/teach/index.html for stories and tools to make it easy.

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  • JamHubSteve
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    I've gotten a few PM's about using the JamHub with a DAW to record multi-track and live. Yes, it can be done quite easily. Simply split the signal before the DAW or after (if you have enough sends) and use the JamHub as your listening mixer (with a mix for each musician) and the audio IO for all the capturing of the tracks. We have plenty of customers using it that way and they all say the results are fantastic. It's really simple no matter if you need to capture 4 tracks or 8 tracks.



    I hope that helps,

    Steve

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  • JamHubSteve
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirando
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    I really think this is the invention of the year in music.

    With onstage volume competitions being my main gripe with band playing - how about using the jamhub for your monitors(foldbacks) on stage?!

    Perhaps there is a market for a jamhub with double faders for each unit so the voice and instrument of each player can also be adjusted individually by all the others..



    Am I correct that the fifth player in the bedroom sits on R, and do electricl guitars need any preamping?




    Hi Mirando,



    Thanks for the "invention of the year" comment. We really appreciate it. We have won a bunch of awards in our first year, but hearing it from our fellow musicians is way more satisfying.



    You can use a JamHub for in-ear systems on stage. It works really well. You can also use it with powered monitors but that takes some clever cabling and grounding.



    If you want more control over individual mixes, you can spread a player over two sections. In my band, most nights I use section one for my guitar and vocals and sometimes, when we are working on vocals sometimes I use section 1 and 2 for me.



    You can use the R section just like any other section. It has the same number of inputs, outputs and controls. It is essentially section "5" on the BedRoom model and section "7" on the GreenRoom and TourBus models. We just named it "R" because it's on the rear of the unit and we want to encourage recording of the jams.



    I hope that helps!

    Steve

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  • Mirando
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    I really think this is the invention of the year in music.

    With onstage volume competitions being my main gripe with band playing - how about using the jamhub for your monitors(foldbacks) on stage?!

    Perhaps there is a market for a jamhub with double faders for each unit so the voice and instrument of each player can also be adjusted individually by all the others..



    Am I correct that the fifth player in the bedroom sits on R, and do electricl guitars need any preamping?

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  • JamHubSteve
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    Hey guys,



    Here's another thread about JamHubs. A lot of information flying around on this thread and more and more HC members understand the product and can answer questions correctly. Enjoy: http://acapella.harmony-central.com/...sing-My-JamHub



    Steve

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  • JamHubSteve
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    Hi everyone, here's another video of a JamHub studio in action. We're really proud that the JamHub concept is bringing more music making to musicians all around the world. Check this out:



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TB-AMIfy18o



    Have a great day,

    Steve

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  • JamHubSteve
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    Hi gang,



    Here's a cool application for jamming with a JamHub. These rock camps look like a lot of fun and man I wish I had access to this when I was a kid. I played sports with lots of kids, but I only jammed with a single band when I was a kid. Now, you can jam a ton with a lot of bands. Very cool.



    http://www.youtube.com/hubhed#p/a/u/4/Rliz-pu6xaU



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rliz-pu6xaU





    Keep playing,

    Steve



    PS If you own a music school, this is a very profitable endeavor. Email us at "info at JamHub dot com" and we'll share with you how it's done. The best part is that the teachers love it, the kids love it and the PARENTS really love it.

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  • JamHubSteve
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    There is an active thread/conversation about JamHubs happening on HC here:



    http://acapella.harmony-central.com/....php?t=2674902



    FYI y'all,

    Steve

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  • JamHubSteve
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    Randyman,



    Thanks for all the kind words. Andy the impedance is definitely tuned for line level devices, not a guitar/bass straight in. BUT, I will tell you that we have many a bass player who loves the sound of their bass straight into the JamHub preamps. Musicians are a funny lot.



    For a keyboardists I'd suggest either coming straight out of the headphone jack, (you will be listening with headphones and often these outputs are optimized for headphone listening) or use the line level outs and a summing cable/splitter so the JamHub gets a TRS (stereo) signal.



    We've heard some gear that sounds better to our ears with the line out and other gear that sounds better via the headphone out. Again, that's a subjective call for sure.



    Thanks for the interest and I hope you'll give a JamHub a try someday soon. I think you'll find that it's an amazing tool to have in your musical toolbox. I played for 5 hours with my band on Sunday night without disturbing anyone in the house. It was loud and full and detailed and "studio like" in my headphones AND I walked away from it without ringing ears. Just try that with conventional rehearsal space.



    Have a great day,

    Steve

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