Types of Rowing Machines Explained

Air Rowers – Air rowers are sometimes referred to as flywheel and fan rowers. Air rowers are powered by the resistance of moving a fan against air. The resistance on some rowing machines can be altered by adjusting a damper, such as the Concept 2 range, but on most other air rowing machines the intensity is increased by rowing faster, as you would if you were rowing on water.

Magnetic Rowing Machines – Magnetic rowers are designed to give you a smooth rowing action throughout your workout with the option of selecting variable resistance. They are generally a lot quieter than other types of rowers.

Water Rowers – Water rowers are designed to emulate the dynamics created by a boat in water. Waterrower were the first company to produce the innovative water-based rowing machine in 1988. The Waterrower uses a unique design to create resistance that replicates real rowing much more realistically that most other rowing machines available today.

As you use water resistance when using a water rower, you get a super smooth, realistic action according to Row Flow that gets harder the more your push and the longer you exercise, just like rowing in real life. You’ll also find the build quality to be superb on your water rower.

Headphones for Music Mixing

How to Decide on Your Headphones for Mixing Music Along with some of the Do’s and Don’ts

With so many different types of headphones on the market, some types of headphone are bound to be better for mixing than others.

If you have already read the article; “Over-the-ear, In-ear, On-ear, Come ear!”  you will already know about the different types of ‘phones available on the market.

In fact if you are reading this you probably know more than I do about the availability of different types of headphones interchangeable term with earphones (UK) and earbuds (US) and “phones for short. “Cans” is the term used for circumaural (around the ear models).

I am not going to talk about anything as base such as money, but, and let’s just say a good headphone set can be acquisitioned for around the same price as entry-level monitor speakers at Headphones Unlimited, my favorite webshop.  So basically that’s all we need to say about price, don’t compromise your sound for sake of a few dollars.

Some types of headphone are going to be more suitable than others for mixing;

Circumaural open backed “Cans” are recommended

Why?

Because open backed means they are cooler and keep the ears more comfortable when using for long periods.

And circumaural headphones will give you the deepest and most natural bass sound

However

The disadvantages for open-back ‘phones for performers are;

  • In a noisy environment you will allow background noise in as well as airflow
  • So for noisy environments you and long mixing sessions you are going to have to suffer the heat to block out the background noise with closed back headphones

And

  • Closed back headphones maybe a better choice for your short and sharp mixing sessions, when you are alternating between headphones and speakers

What about the bass?

Let’s talk about the problem with bass

  • Of course with headphones you are not going to feel the bass in your body as with loudspeakers
  • With less high technology and laying out less cash you are faced with the real problem of
  • Judging how much bass sound to use to make it sound right through headphones
  • Vibration transducers may work well with electronic sounds may not be so good when used for mixing decisions
  • It can be easy to misjudge the sound of bass making it sound “bloated” when played on loudspeakers

Now let’s talk about the solution

  • Unfortunately it may come down to money again, as with very high quality headphones the bass mixing problems are greatly reduced
  • One of the only sure ways to check your sound is to keep checking throughout the session to hear how it sounds on loudspeakers
  • Also doing comparisons of similar genres will help you to decide how much bass you need
  • Standing by the door is a good rule of thumb to use, i.e. don’t stand too close
  • Another tip would be to turn your headphones down to a whisper ensuring that no single sound stands out too much 

Turning it up!

If you can’t resist whacking up the sound on the headphones, try to keep within health and safety limits!

Deaf=definitely not good for music producers.

What about using crossfeed plug-ins?

There are many options for free crossfeed plug-in programs on the internet and they are great for use with existing recordings

But

The problem is

It is better to avoid using them in your mixing experiments so your mix sounds good to all headphone listeners not just the top end users with the best equipment.

The solution being

To blend the left/right channels at lower frequencies making for a more natural sound for all listeners

Just quickly, a word about amplification

A headphone is an essential piece of equipment for the serious.

You cannot plug headphones into line-level outputs so what can you do?

Some hi-fi amps include a headphone socket, however, this can result in bloated, heavy bass.  Try it first!

For super sounding bass, consider buying or building your own amplifier.

Headphone amplifiers come in all shapes and sizes beginning with budget basic models up to audiophile top of the range.  You really will get what you pay for.

If you have a background in engineering you can definitely save some of your budget by building your own amp, there is plenty of information on the internet on how.

Over all;

If you are fortunate enough to be doing what you love for a living, investing in your equipment is not going to be too much of a sacrifice.  I hope now you know what the most fundamental needs are to get really going, you really will be able to get going.

Remember this, when the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Rock Climbing Wall

Taking One for the Team: That One Time I Fell Off of the Rock Climbing Wall

Rock climbing is a great workout, and if you haven’t tried it for yourself, I would really recommend that you do so. I always make sure I’ve got time for a climb or two during the weekends, as I’m often really busy during the week. I work a full-time job that keeps me on my feet, as well as learning new things, but nothing is as exhilarating as getting strapped in and heading up the wall. In most cases, someone will tell you that the first rock climbing experience you ever have will be the worst. It’s going to be uncomfortable, and you’re going to feel as if you have no idea what you’re doing. That’s fine, because that’s what happens when you’re a beginner at something – even the masters of any hobby in the world had to start as a beginner. I work with a sort of team when it comes to rock climbing, because you need people to spot your weight while you’re moving up. Without those people supporting you, one slip and you could end up in a wheelchair – it allows for the process to be a lot safer than it used to.

I won’t sit here and say that rock climbing is for everybody, you need to be willing to get your hands dirty. I mean that literally, as you’ll need to have some chalk (or anything to help your grip) on deck and ready to go, it could mean the difference between your next move and your next fall. It’s always a quest to go higher and higher, as well as to see how high you can really go. Without any limitations, some people tend to go way too high, but I don’t believe in all of that. If you don’t want to reach the top, just give up rock climbing and go back to your Fitness Shopper website (which is a great site for anybody who needs workout equipment, by the way). The right exercise machine might be able to last you a few years or so, but rock climbing is an experience you’ll never forget. Life is all about experiences when all is said and done, isn’t it? Take my word for it, rock climbing was specifically designed to keep our hearts racing; except it was developed to do so in the best way possible.

I’m not an adrenaline junkie by any means, but when I get on that wall its like I’m a completely different person.

The Mission 

We have races every single weekend, and the team that gets the fastest time to the top wins. You don’t need to win as a whole, you pretty much only need one fast person to get everything done for you – it just so happens I was that person. It was me against their fastest woman, and I knew that I had to beat her, it was something I had been keeping my eye on for at least a month or two. Her name was Yvette, and she was pretty good at climbing, but I knew I was better! It was time to show everybody that I was ready to claim the local title, because who wouldn’t want to? I don’t know about you, but if there is some sort of trophy or recognition to be had, I’d like a shot at it (at least!). I never felt nervous, not even a little bit, because I was so certain I would beat this woman.

It turns out that she wanted to beat me just as bad, because when we started climbing, she was going for broke. She was skipping certain stones and just kept on rising and rising, but I knew it would tucker her out. I saw her get tired about halfway up, and that’s when I made my move. I pushed all the way to the top with all of my speed, I even used the support of my team went for a lunging leap sideways on the wall – it felt like I was in that one Tom Cruise movie! I beat Yvette to the top and won my Subway gift-card of victory, and then I realized it was time to come down. I started coming down a little quicker than usual, but it wasn’t anything too drastic. I was in my victory pose, until I realized that my entire team was clapping for me as I was coming down, and I had just let go of the last stone I was holding on to.

I wasn’t that far up, and it wasn’t a painful fall, but it was somewhat embarrassing. All of my support members had taken their hands off the support rope to congratulate me – I guess they forgot I needed their weight to stay up in the air!