With Kyler Murray in the NFL, A’s take another swing at a first-round draft pick

first_imgOAKLAND — The Athletics will select a player much of their fan base has never heard of Monday night when picking at No. 29 in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft.In contrast to last season, when they selected Oklahoma outfielder Kyler Murray at No. 9, there’s a good chance that player will eventually end up in their farm system.The Athletics knew when they selected and signed Murray he was playing his last season of football at Oklahoma as the heir apparent to quarterback …last_img

5 Products for Audio Editing Under $50

first_imgDeck out your video editing bay with these audio-related products — all available for under 50 bucks!Discover five products that can improve your audio editing without breaking the bank. What inexpensive gadgets do you use in your edit suite? Let us know in the comments below!Editor’s Note: PremiumBeat is not paid by any software manufacturer or developer. These recommendations reflect our honest opinions of these products. 1. Powermate USBThe Griffin Powermate is a multifunction controller that not only looks amazing in your edit suite, it also can serve a multitude of functions. Use the Powermate as a volume control or jog wheel in your video editing timeline. The controller comes in two flavors, Bluetooth and USB. The Bluetooth version costs twice as much as the USB version, and many users have actually reported having a better experience with the wired model. At around $25 USD, it’s an inexpensive tool to potentially speed up your audio and video editing workflow.2. Bluetooth HeadphonesMost quality Bluetooth headphones extend well over the $100 USD range. That’s why we were surprised to hear about the new LX-10 from EditorsKeys (a company that specializes in shortcut keyboards for video editors). Currently retailing for $49.99 USD, the LX-10 offers ten hours of playback on a single charge. They sent us a loaner to review and we put it through the paces…The line-in function is useful, enabling the headphones to work as a traditional wired version when Bluetooth isn’t available. The metal body is also a nice touch… the set feels substantial and able to withstand being tossed in a bag for editing-on-the-go.Arguably, that’s where the strength lies with this pair of headphones… I can see this as the perfect set for video editing on the road. The sound is clear, but the top end does seem to get lost in the mids and the bass is a bit overpowerful. The ergonomics are ‘middle of the road’… while the earpieces are comfortable, the overall fit is a bit on the tight side.That said, for the price, this is a respectable pair of headphones. You may find other wireless Bluetooth models in this lower price range, but for the battery time and overall quality, this is a solid choice under $50.3. Blue SnowballHaving a simple USB microphone in your edit suite is essential for recording ‘scratch track’ audio. Are you waiting on a final voiceover recording from voice talent? Do you need to test out the timing of narration? Having a mic handy makes it simple to record directly into your video editing application (check out our previous posts on instructions for doing this in Final Cut Pro X or Premiere Pro).For nearly a decade, the Blue Snowball mic has been a great USB option (it’s the mic we use for on-the-fly recordings). The Snowball iCE offers much of the same functionality as the regular Snowball, has a built-in desk stand, and is available for less than $50.  The vintage stylings are a nice touch too.4. Blue IcicleWhile we’re on the topic of microphones, it’s worth mentioning another product by Blue, the Icicle. This XLR to USB converter is a simple interface option for recording audio from any traditional microphone into your computer. Audio quality is 44.1 kHz / 16-bit and the unit is phantom powered — an external power source isn’t necessary.5. Acoustic PanelsUpgrade the sound of your edit suite with acoustical wall tiles. A quality pair of foam panels can actually be purchased for less than $50 USD. Not only will the acoustic profile of your space be better for recording audio, it will also improve sound playback by minimizing reflection and reverb.Got any go-to audio gear that you’d like to recommend? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Dream the impossible

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The phrase “To Dream The Impossible,” coined by organizers as the Azkals’ battlecry, couldn’t be more perfect as they relish their first Asian Cup experience in the Emirate.Considering that just a decade ago, they were nowhere near this competition, being here is already a milestone in itself—a fact not lost on players like Phil and James Younghusband, who have been representing the country since 2005.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion‘Surreal’“It’s been an incredible journey and I think reaching the Asian Cup is a great way to mark a great milestone of what we’ve really achieved,” said Phil, the country’s top international scorer with 52 goals and also holds the record for most appearances with 105. Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NETDUBAI—The bus that takes the Philippine team to training and to the stadium for its matches in the AFC Asian Cup here is covered with black decal with red, white and green linings depicting the logo of the continent’s biggest football tournament held for only the second time in the United Arab Emirates.On each side of the bus and on the windshield, the word “Philippines” is written. But as you look closer, the phrase printed on each side immediately strikes a chord to a team that has gone through so much just to be among the 24 nations participating in this competition.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES Ex-PBA star Adducul joins Blackwater as ‘teacher’ for Elite big men “It’s surreal when you put everything in perspective and you start to realize what an achievement it has been over the last 14 years. But we’re excited to be here and feel the Asian Cup vibe.”“Still can’t believe we’re here,” James admitted. “It felt so recent that we qualified when we beat Tajikistan [last March] and Phil got his 50th goal. I still have emotions from that night.”The first time Phil and James suited up for the country was in the 2005 Southeast Asian Games in Bacolod City and the Philippines failed to make it to the medal round.The year before, the Philippine team that pulled off the so-called Miracle in Hanoi in the AFF Suzuki Cup was starting to take shape under coach Aris Caslib, who then had the likes of Aly Borromeo, Anton del Rosario, Chris Greatwich and Chieffy Caligdong in the AFF Championship.“When I first wore the Philippine kit, all I was thinking about was the Southeast Asian Games and the AFF Suzuki Cup because we were qualifying in 2006,” Phil said.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening It may be a stretch for the Azkals to change the country’s sporting landscape, but they are more than happy to showcase not just the Philippines’ footballing pedigree, but their uncanny fighting spirit here.“What we’ve always done, we had the Philippine fighting spirit,” said Phil. “When it comes down to the pitch, we’re all fighting for each other, fighting for the country, that means a lot.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30Eriksson’s ‘Azkals’ put Philippines on Asian Cup map00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments “At that time, I didn’t really process or think about the long-term future and I think after that you start thinking how the Philippines can really go when you start creeping up the rankings; when we start qualifying for semifinals of the Suzuki Cup, then you really start thinking how far can this team really go.”The recruitment of talented players with Filipino lineage who have played in leagues overseas much like the Younghusband brothers slowly changed the fortunes of the team and in 2010, with businessman Dan Palami as manager, the Azkals finally took off.A stunning win in Vietnam triggered a wave of support back home, and also renewed interest from foreign-based Filipino players. When the Azkals qualified for the Asian Cup back in March in Manila, Palami candidly joked that the victory was worth his dwindling bank account.“Somehow, it’s a relief that  your belief of what the team can do has been rewarded with this participation [in the Asian Cup], but I think we can even do more,” said Palami. “We try to set our goals higher but at the same time we try to enjoy the moment being here in the Asian Cup right now and I think this is what the players are doing.”Tournament debutThe Azkals begin their debut campaign in the Asian Cup on Monday against South Korea, a regular Asian representative in the Fifa World Cup. The two countries have not played against each other since 1978, when the Koreans beat the Filipinos, 5-0, in an AFC Asian Cup qualifying match in Manila.The Azkals will also play China and Kyrgyzstan in the group stage and while they may be outsiders to reach the round of 16, the team has already set the benchmark for Philippine football.“Somehow you try to expect and try to hope that you make something out of this,” said Palami. “You try to surprise Korea, maybe get out of the group stages.”Swedish coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, who took England to two World Cup quarterfinals in 2002 and 2006, isn’t lacking in belief in his players.“The players are very good,” he said. “One of the problems is that the Philippines is not a great football country. Basketball is [more] popular than football, but I think this generation of players have a golden opportunity to change that.”last_img read more