by Penny Lane on October 24, 2012
Recently I posted on the blog about having my in-ear headphones on non-stop, getting psyched for the Bridge School Benefit Concert last weekend in Mountain View, CA at Shoreline. It was definitely an amazing night! The sense of community coming together for a good cause – to benefit The Bridge School – was definitely in the air. Some of the artists I had seen prior to this show, but for most it was the first time I had ever seen them perform live.
The highlight of the evening was without a doubt, Jack White. His all-female band Saturday night brought the house down. Guns N’ Roses was a little strange, maybe out of place, as the performance would have been fine but the F-bombs Axl dropped several times in front of the students and their parents were a little jarring. The shocker of the evening was Eddie Vedder who was not on the bill but came on to do a couple of songs before GNR came on. I would have very much welcomed a full set from him! I enjoyed Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Foster the People, and Ray LaMontagne, all artists whom I have seen before. Steve Martin was really funny and entertaining with the Steep Canyon Rangers. Gary Clark Jr., Lucinda Williams, Sara McLachlan and k.d. lang all put on a great show for everyone.
Every year it’s a different lineup, but always acoustic and always a good time. For the last few days, I have constantly had my headphones in, listening to some favorites but also getting acquainted with Gary Clark Jr., whose set I really liked. Here are some great images from Velodyne friend Jay Blakesberg who was there to document the 2-day concert.
Hope to see you there next year!
by Penny Lane on October 15, 2012
It’s Music Monday – What are you listening to? Sitting at my desk working, I’ve had my vPulse headphones in and buzzing along to Jack White, Foster the People, The Flaming Lips. Usually my musical choices are chosen on a whim but not this time. I’m getting very excited for The Bridge School Benefit concert next weekend!
You may not know that Neil Young, iconic singer-songwriter who has a career spanning over 40 years and – count ‘em – TWO inductions into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame has two sons with cerebral palsy. In 1986, Neil and his wife Pegi helped start The Bridge School, which specializes in educating children with severe speech, communication and physical impairments. Twenty-six years ago, the first Bridge School Benefit Concert was held, with performers including Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Nils Lofgren, Don Henley, Tom Petty, Robin Williams, and Bruce Springsteen raising the funds necessary to open the school in 1987. Every year since, with the exception of the year the school opened, a benefit concert has been held with a performance by Neil Young – with the full line-up playing acoustic instruments.
This year, the concert is the weekend of October 20-21, 2012. Here are the artists scheduled to perform:
- Neil Young & Crazy Horse
- Jack White
- Guns N’ Roses
- The Flaming Lips
- Sarah McLachlan
- Foster the People
- Lucinda Williams
- Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers
- k.d. lang
- Gary Clark, Jr.
- Ray LaMontagne
As always, this line-up is impressive and the night will likely be legendary. I couldn’t be more excited to attend a killer concert while contributing to a great cause. Enjoy this video of “Ramada Inn” by Neil Young with Crazy Horse; it’s got that raw, unmistakeable, rockin’ signature Neil Young sound I have grown up with and respected my entire life. Enjoy the rest of your Music Monday!
by Penny Lane on October 8, 2012
The new pink vPulse are in stock now. Three lucky people will have a chance to win a pair of these highly coveted in-ear headphones which retail at $99. It’s easy to enter – just go to our website, and pin the pink vPulse image to one of your pinboards to get started. Complete the rafflecopter below and you will be entered to win!
by Penny Lane on September 19, 2012
by Summer Muse on July 19, 2012
Some people have an amazing surplus of imagination and ingenuity concerning science, technology and gadgets. These people often become engineers or inventors, like our very own CEO and Founder David Hall. But sometimes their passion lies in some other field, and that techie ingenuity is suppressed. At some point, it comes bursting up to the forefront when some technical problem needs solving, or when that person comes across a really cool record and doesn’t have a record player (or the money for one). When that happens, the person comes up with a brilliant idea for a homemade record player. In this case, that person is Livia Ritthaler.
Ritthaler’s record player is made of a piece of rolled paper, a few pieces of metal, and a wooden board. The only downside is that it runs only by hand, not by electricity, so you have to crank it yourself. But for the relative ease and minimal expense with which the record player is created, having to crank it by hand is not too much to ask. The key is to turn the record at a constant rate.
It works just like any “traditional” record player. The sound is comparable, as long as you have a steady hand. And it’s a whole heck of a lot cheaper. When it costs less than a dollar to make this record player, what’s not to like?
Of course, this record player is wonderful as a novelty, but if you really want to hear some great, all-encompassing sound, the best thing is good speakers and one of Velodyne’s quality subwoofers. For travelling? The vPulse headphones. But at home with some vinyl you found? The homemade phonograph is without a doubt the perfect thing for the job.
Check out this video of her minimalist gramaphone, amazing!
by TheBenevolentSiren on July 4, 2012
- Doing the dishes. My internal monologue without headphones: “God, how long have these dishes been sitting here? That food globule doesn’t look like anything I ate recently.” My internal monologue with headphones: “LA LA LA everything is awesome I’m a rock star! Oh look, the dishes are done.”
- Exercise. Cardio can be a long, cruel exercise in misery if you have nothing but your thoughts to sustain you. With the right pump-up playlist and a killer pair of earbuds, on the other hand, you might even look forward to feeling like a rockstar on your daily run.
- Air travel. Inexplicable delays, intolerable seatmates and long stretches of time away from the internet conspire to make air travel a wretched experience. On the other hand, the right pair of headphones can drown out the crying babies and chatty neighbors with the sweet tones of your favorite soothing songs. Alternatively, a fascinating podcast (such as Radiolab or This American Life) makes a long flight fly by.
- Working on menial tasks or busy work. Endless spreadsheets weighing you down? If you’re allowed to listen to music or other audio media at work, just pop in a pair of headphones and let your mind escape to a better place—like a dance floor.
- Falling asleep. If you’re like me, falling asleep without any external stimulation feels like a chore. My brain just won’t shut up; trains of thought refuse to be derailed unless I listen to podcasts or TV show dialogue.
How do headphones make your life better?
by Penny Lane on April 5, 2012
Personal audio products are invaluable to many of us who can’t live without our music. When I run long distances, nothing keeps me more motivated than invigorating songs. I am fortunate that my current set of earbuds have been with me for over a year, so I haven’t experienced much downtime. Time and time again, I hear of friends complaining that their earphones from all price ranges have stopped working, sometimes after only a few months. Some choose to stick with cheaper brands and go through them like crazy, not thinking twice about tossing them out for a new pair. This practice can become expensive over time. It is ideal to keep them in good working order for as long as possible, especially if you splurged on a pricier set. Here are some tips to keep in mind to give your earphones the best possible chance at a longer life.
- Keep them in a case when not in use. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy, or even specifically for earphones. The goal is to prevent exposure to debris. A roomy pouch or sack that will prevent the cord from getting crimped, caught or tangled is ideal. Avoid stuffing them into your pants pocket, which is very popular, as excessive rubbing and pulling could damage the cord.
- Treat them gently. It seems the most common method of “caring” for earphones – which I don’t recommend – is to wrap the cord around iPods or other listening devices. In general, try to avoid tightly wrapping or folding the cord, and unplug it from your listening device. When unplugging the cord, grasp the plug rather than pull on the cord.
- Replace foam covers from time to time. Some earphones have foam that covers the earbud that is inserted into your ear canal. This material can break down over time and is not meant to last forever. Fortunately, these covers are very inexpensive to replace.
- Keep them away from water. Submerging your earphones or holding them under running water generally won’t end well. Just sayin’.
- Keep them clean. Dirt, oils and earwax may interfere with listening quality. There are different cleaning methods recommended depending on your specific type of earphone, but a soft cloth with a dab of rubbing alcohol should safely remove any debris from your earbud. If your earbuds come with removable parts, such as a silicone cover, cleaning these occasionally will prevent buildup as well.
If your earphones have stopped working, try cleaning them before you give up on them and move on to another pair. Otherwise, check your warranty information to see if you are eligible for a replacement.
How do you store your earphones when not in use? If you have any other recommendations for general care or tips for prolonging the life of in-ear headphones we’d love to hear them!
by admin on March 2, 2012
We’re overwhelmed by the positive responses to our very first foray into mobile audio, the vPulse in-ear headphones. From customer vPulse reviews to professional vPulse reviews, it seems like we’re on the right track. While the details of our upcoming projects are still under wraps, we can say that more exciting things are in the works.
Since so many of you love the vPulse, we want to see how you rock it. Velodyne is offering a $500 cash prize for the best user-submitted photo of someone wearing the vPulse in a way that makes us go, “Wow!!” We want to see you guys get crazy for the camera. You can submit your photo via our Facebook Contest app any time between now and the end of April. After that, a panel of Velodyne judges will select finalists. Once our finalists have been announced, the public will have a chance to vote and decide which wild and crazy photo deserves the $500 grand prize.
If you’re interested in taking your shot at the cash, have a look at our Rock Out and Win 500! vPulse Photo Contest Details. Submit your photo using the Facebook Contest app.
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Born and bred in the Silicon Valley, I have an innate passion for all things technology. I'll post about home theater, quality sound, apps and much more. If I bump into you, its probably because I'm looking at my iPhone. Sorry!
Owner of vPulse and vFree and curious for the ventures of Velodyne Acoustics, I will be exploring our headphones and what we do next. Stay tuned as I share what I find.
Born and raised in Silicon Valley, I am a student at San Jose State University and Marketing intern at Velodyne Acoustics. I am an avid San Jose Sharks hockey fan and San Francisco 49ers football fan. When I'm not watching sports, I'm listening to music and thinking deep thoughts about sound.