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    OK, I always wanted one of those little signs that lights up and says "RECORDING" that I could put on the wall outside the music room. I had even gone through and found several "DIY" implementations that I had saved for "a later date." Today I was in Target and in the home decor section they had two styles of battery powered light boards - one that had three rows and one that was a single row. I picked up the single row sign. It is about 12.5 inches long, 3.5 inches high, and about 2.25 inches deep. It comes with black slide-in letters. It is just big enough to spell out "RECORDING". It use 3 AA batteries and even has mounting holes in the back. Best of all it was only $9.95. They also had a three row light which might be perfect for the podcaster who wants an "ON THE AIR" lighted message board. Here is a link to the 3-row light (can't find the single row light on their web site) - https://www.target.com/p/diy-light-b...695#lnk=newtab
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    I'll have to check the local store to see if they have the single line version in stock - that's a great suggestion - thanks for the tip!

    Now just to figure out how to hack it so it is connected to my DAW and lights up as soon as I hit record, and turns off when I punch out...
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    • #3
      American Recorder (that's a company) sells Recording, On The Air, and a couple of other red illuminated signs. They had some on display at their booth at the NAMM show. I remember someone selling on years ago that had a MIDI input that triggered the light when it received a MIDI command.
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      • #4
        I picked up a '3 liner' at the Target Store in Princeton NJ. yesterday. $16.99

        Mine is mounted on the door to my modest studio.

        It reads 'KEEP THE FU*K OUT.'
        Last edited by Luke17; 01-28-2018, 08:09 AM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MikeRivers View Post
          American Recorder (that's a company) sells Recording, On The Air, and a couple of other red illuminated signs. They had some on display at their booth at the NAMM show. I remember someone selling on years ago that had a MIDI input that triggered the light when it received a MIDI command.
          Thanks for the tip Mike. Looks like they have a few different ones, although theirs are more expensive.

          https://www.americanrecorder.com/sea...recording+sign

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          "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."
          - George Carlin

          "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."
          - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

          "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."
          - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post

            Thanks for the tip Mike. Looks like they have a few different ones, although theirs are more expensive.

            https://www.americanrecorder.com/sea...recording+sign
            Also
            TX company


            http://www.onairsignstore.com/

            Don't know how good this is but look
            https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Sty...-/192423358407

            https://www.ebay.com/itm/Recording-R...4AAOSwFb5Z~~hQ
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            • #7
              It'd be cool if the sign connected to the DAW via wifi so it would light every time you armed a track to record... I suppose the DAW itself would have to support this.

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              • #8
                Thanks for the links, Mikeo..The first eBay link https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Sty...-/192423358407 the sign looks nice enough, but it has no lighting..I contacted the seller.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by philboking View Post
                  It'd be cool if the sign connected to the DAW via wifi so it would light every time you armed a track to record... I suppose the DAW itself would have to support this.
                  It would probably be through MIDI. Most DAWs can send MMC (MIDI Machine Control) Record Arm and Record messages, so all you'd need is a MIDI OUT and a MIDI-to-Contact Closure box like the ones offered by MIDI Solutions.

                  If you set it up to turn on the light whenever a track is armed, it would probably be on all day for a busy session and you might as well just flip a switch or hang a "do not enter" sign on the door. What might be more useful is if the sign was visible to the musicians so they'd know when you were recording so they wouldn't have to say "Oh? Am I supposed to be playing now?"
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