Sunday, 1 March 2015

Raspberry Pi 2 Meridian Explorer 2 DAC

Raspberry Pi 2 running Volumio and a Meridian Explorer 2 DAC




















Monday, 23 February 2015

Raspberry Pi 2 HiFiBerry DAC "No Soul"

I got myself a Raspberry Pi 2 the other week and after reading that the audio wasn't up to much i was pleasantly surprised to what i was hearing from a little £30 box when using with a Yamaha A-S500 Amp and JPW Sonata Speakers, the sound was a little closed in plus a little low in volume but it still put a smile on my face that the little box had a voice

Well the other day i decided to buy a HiFiBerry DAC and after spending the last 3 days listening to my music with the HiFiBerry DAC installed which ranges from Loose Ends, Let Em Riot, Trevor Something and 80's Electro it did open up the music giving it a larger sound stage plus it now matches my other devices volume wise i just find my music is now devoid of any soul

Monday, 16 February 2015

The Best Way To Stream Music To Your HiFi

What could it be ? what could be the best thing ever to stream music to your HiFi

Well after using a Bluetooth Receiver to stream music from my PC or iPad to my HiFi for the last few years i got myself a Raspberry Pi 2 i wasn't sure what to do with the little device but after having a read and with a little help from Volumio i found out it can be used as receiver / network player when plugged into your HiFi

All you need to do is download Volumio from https://volumio.org/ and copy to a Micro SD card and plug the pi into your HiFi and then turn on your Raspberry Pi you don't need to have the Pi plugged into your TV to setup as it can all be done via any web browser by going to http://volumio.local/

Right off the bat it will play music from a USB Dongle plus if your using iTunes on your PC it will come up as a option as a playback device (Airplay)



















You can also play directly from a iPad



















You can also use with a network hard drive as i use a WD My Book Live all you have to do is go into  the Library within the Volumio Menu with any browser and Mount the drive which is just a case of adding the Network hard drives ip address and then the Remote directory which will be something like Public/Shared Music/ Don't worry about Username and Password and after a little while depending on how may folders / Albums you have your music will show up in your Library



















That's it really and your be sitting back enjoying your music :)

My Setup

Raspberry Pi 2
Samsung UHS-I CLASS 10 32GB SD Micro Card
TP-LINK TL-WN823N 300Mbps Mini Wireless N USB Adapter
RCA Phono Female to 1x 3.5mm Male Jack
Linksys by Cisco WAG320N Router
WD My Book Live
Yamaha A-S500
JPW Sonata Speakers
Kimber PBJ interconnects
Supra 10 Speaker cable

Friday, 16 January 2015

USB Microphone For PS4

If your after a cheap USB microphone to use with your PS4 a good alternative to the Snowball range of microphones which are great just a little bit expensive for me is the Kinobo Mini "AKIRO" which is only about £9 on Amazon Link To Buy

I've been using a AKIRO for a few weeks now and everyone i've spoken to has said i sound nice and clear so gets a thumbs up from me

Also if like me you do gaming videos for YouTube using a USB microphone plugged into your PS4 lets you record gamer chat in lobbies so if you have say a Hauppauge Rocket like i do all you have to do is plug the AKIRO into your PS4 and in the PS4 settings you send all audio to your TV and then just plug a set of headphones into your TV, you will still need an extra mic plugged into your Rocket to record your voice



Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Convert 30fps Video to 60fps Guide

Video showing how to convert 30fps video to 60fps which i now use to convert my gaming videos which are captured with my Hauppauge Rocket which can only capture at 30fps so you can have 60fps YouTube videos using Frame Interpolation


Saturday, 19 July 2014

GTA 5 Online Race BIGGEST RAMP - LIBERATOR

Watch out there's a lobby of Liberators about as they take on BIGGEST RAMP around Sandy Shores Airport which can only mean one thing chaos


How to add race to your bookmarks

Join up to Rockstar Social Club Socialclub.rockstargames.com and then use this link http://tinyurl.com/o436htn to add BIGGEST RAMP - LIBERATOR to your game which will be added to your race Bookmarks

Captured using a Hauppauge Rocket

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Quick And Easy Way To Edit Your Gaming Captures / Videos

Video showing you a quick and easy way to edit your gaming captures using VideoRedo


Been using VideoReDo for years to edit my TV captures ie to edit out ad's which also works great for doing fast edits of your gaming captures so you can get them uploaded to YouTube

Software is so much better ie easier to use than what gets bundled with your capture device ie Hauppauge Rocket and Roxio HD Capture Pro plus others as it's so fast to do your edits and you can get then spot on with what frame you want to start and finish on

VideoReDo TVSuite
http://www.videoredo.com/en/ProductTVS.htm

Desktop capture done using Open Broadcaster Software
https://obsproject.com/

Saturday, 28 June 2014

XBox 360 Sniper Elite 3 First Level / Mission

Just playing the first level of Sniper Elite III on the XBox 360

Enjoying so far as love a more slow paced shooter than something like COD which isn't my cup of tea so if you loved Sniper Elite II it more of the same but now set in Africa


Captured using a Hauppage Rocket edited with VideoReDo then re-encoded with VidCoder as the file was over 3GB so shrunk down to 1GB which is easier for me to upload