It looks awesome, but what is it?Primarily, it is a voice processor which in itself is not a novel idea, but the time had come to pull out all the stops and make a truly professional high-end statement. One that covered the needs of the project songwriters and big-time major studios alike. One whose all-tube signal path could bring every instrument and overdub to life. One that, plain and simple, sounded unquestionably better than the rest, provided flexibility, simplicity, and well thought-out ergonomics. Full of features, timeless style, robust build quality, and that world-famous Manley Sound, we present to you the MANLEY VOXBOX®.That’s nice. What’s it good for?While we were designing the VOXBOX® we couldn´t help but notice how well it works on other instruments besides voice. There are some great settings for drums, bass, guitar, and keys and the two separate sections can be used together or independently. Stereo using two VOXBOXes? You know we couldn’t resist planning for that as well. There are Stereo Links for both the compressor and the De-Ess/Limiter sections, special compression settings and super-sweet EQ frequencies for your mix or pre-mastering. So don´t just use it for voice. The name VOXBOX® represents only the beginning...MICROPHONE PREAMPLIFIER SECTION : The preamplifier is a clone of a highly regarded and popular mic pre: the Manley Mono Microphone Preamplifier! The mic input transformer is our own design wound in-house at the Manley Labs factory. High current 48V Phantom power is switchable from the front panel. A simple and effective passive BASS CUT switch kills rumble and reduces popping. The INPUT ATTENUATOR is a variable pad control situated before the first tube stage allowing the preamplifier to accommodate +4 line level signals via the balanced LINE INPUT and instruments via the front panel 1/4 DIRECT INPUT. These inputs are selected in the middle position of the dual-function phase invert switch. We provide both transformer balanced XLR output as well as a transformerless audiophile 1/4 phone jack output. The Gain switch is actually a clever variable feedback control that changes not only the gain but the slew rate and flavour of the circuit. With it you can choose how laid back and mellow or how up-front and aggressive you want it to get. See Notes on Variable Feedback for more info. Headroom is a strong point in this circuit, +31dBu capable. This is 5 to 10 dB better than almost all other pro gear. The music passes through only our super-clean pure Class A vacuum tube circuitry. There are obvious advantages to our purist approach and foremost is the un-electronic final sound that carries emotion into the digital realm. COMPRESSOR SECTION : This cool compressor design takes our opto-isolator approach of the Manley ELOP® Limiter to the max. We adjusted the Ratio down to 3:1 to turn our ELOP into a compressor and added ATTACK and RELEASE controls for more versatility. What is clever is how the signal is compressed before it hits the tubes with no detrimental effect on distortion or frequency response. This way, it can prevent mic-pre clipping and eliminate whole stages of electronics. This cuts the typical path of mic to tape in half! We also pioneered new thinking in the sidechain by using up to four different time constants simultaneously and controlling them with familiar simple attack, release and threshold controls. We call the approach Parametric Compression. We developed optimum settings or presets based our favorite Vactrols that we use in our own fast ELOP® Limiter, the quick LA-2A´s T-4 module, the slower LA-3A and then created more complex special settings. This extended range and method of timing delivers fresh sounds from powerhouse punching drums to super-solid bass yet can also emulate the way good engineers delicately ride a fader while recording. It is transparent and liquid-smooth on vocals, easy to use and accurate. Also rare for an opto-based dynamic processor, this compressor works great on mixes. Of course, you’ll be needing two VOXBOXes linked in stereo... EQ SECTION : Lots of folks requested that we include the Pultec Mid Frequency Equalizer in the VOXBOX®, but they wanted MORE.... Now we’ve extended it to 33 frequencies in 3 bands with 6 new frequencies from 20 Hz to 150 Hz, and 6 more in the highs from 6.4 KHz to 20 KHz. Ever notice that only EQs with real inductors have the bottom end magic or that only Class A circuitry can keep the top...
In an age of Twitter, smartphones, and self-service kiosks, high-tech but still high-touch customer service is the answer. Today’s customers are a hard bunch to crack. Time-strapped, screen-addicted, value-savvy, and socially engaged, their expectations are tougher than ever for a business to keep up with. They are empowered like never before and expect businesses to respect that sense of empowerment - lashing out at those that don’t. Take heart: Old-fashioned customer service, fully retooled for today’s blistering pace and digitally connected reality, is what you need to build the kind of loyal customer base that allows you to survive - and thrive. And High-Tech, High-Touch Customer Service spells out surefire strategies for success in a clear, entertaining, and practical way. Discover:Six major customer trends and what they mean for your businessEight unbreakable rules for social media customer serviceHow to effectively address online complainers and saboteurs on Yelp, Twitter, TripAdvisor, and other forums for user generated contentThe rising power of self-service - and how to design it properlyHow to build a company culture that breeds stellar customer service High-Tech, High-Touch Customer Service reveals inside secrets of wildly successful customer service initiatives, from Internet startups to venerable brands, and shows how companies of every stripe can turn casual customers into fervent supporters who will spread the word far and wide - online and off. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Micah Solomon, Sean Pratt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/000910/bk_gdan_000910_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As a savvy and motivated professional, you’re constantly on the lookout for high-impact leadership strategies to take your business to the next level and beyond—without bogging you down in abstract theories or exhaustive case studies. You need foolproof ways to lead your people to achieve outstanding results, even in challenging times. As legendary football coach Vince Lombardi said, it’s time to get ´´brilliant on the basics.” The world’s great business leaders make it all look easy because they keep it simple: measurable, repeatable methods that generate exceptional results in both strong markets and weak, good economies and bad. There is perhaps no greater student—and teacher—of these proven and timeless leadership strategies than Brian Tracy, whose business books, seminars and consulting work have guided countless thousands of professionals, executives, and leaders of all stripes to truly startling results. In How the Best Leaders Lead, Tracy breaks down the art and science of business leadership into the seven fundamental responsibilities that outstanding leaders master. Essential for success in any organization and every leadership position, they are: Setting and achieving goals Fostering innovation Problem solving and decision making Setting priorities Setting high standards—and leading by example Inspiring and motivating others Performing and achieving resultsHow do you master these responsibilities? First, you must ask yourself, ´´How well do I know myself and what do I truly want in my work and my life?” How the Best Leaders Lead will take you through a thorough self-analysis with which you will discover what is truly important to you—and identify the specific steps you must take to achieve it. You’ll then listen Tracy’s life-changing lessons culled from the leading edges of business, the annals of history and military strategy... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Tracy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/000342/bk_gdan_000342_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How Felicia Sees It: I came into the world an Army brat. Moved here, moved there, landing at the corner of trailer park and military housing. I learned how to load a gun, dodge a social worker, and make an exit plan – before I could even drive. My escape came via the doors of a strip joint coined the Peppermint Lounge. It’s there that I met a comic, became a comic, won this and won that. I pounded the road hard, picked up a camera, did beaucoup TV, married my manager, then quit the biz - because more than anything in the whole wide world, I really wanted kids.There were times between baking cupcakes, changing diapers, and daydreams, that I would dress up fancy for Hollywood brunches. Sometimes I would find myself droning on about art, vintage furniture, and the irony of disappointing love. I would even catch myself saying things like, ´´Less is more, clean lines are timeless, and carefully considered materials are always enduring.´´ When in reality, I only liked a an old vintage dresser because my grammie had one on the side porch. Soon enough, I knew, I needed to make another exit plan. Today, I’m a single mom and proud to say - once again - a working, professional stand up comic. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Felicia Michaels. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/roar/000163/pf_roar_000163_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Issued in London in 1917, the Balfour Declaration was one of the key documents of the 20th century. It committed Britain to supporting the establishment in Palestine of ´´a National Home for the Jewish people´´, and its reverberations continue to be felt to this day. Now the entire fascinating story of the document is revealed in this impressive work of modern history. With new material retrieved from historical archives, scholar Jonathan Schneer recounts in dramatic detail the public and private battles in the early 1900s for a small strip of land in the Middle East, battles that started when the governing Ottoman Empire took Germany´s side in World War I. The Balfour Declaration paints an indelible picture of how Arab nationalists, backed by Britain, fought for their future as Zionists in England battled diplomatically for influence. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to either side or even to most members of the British government, Prime Minister David Lloyd George was telling Turkey that she could keep her flag flying over the disputed territory if only she would agree to a separate peace. The key players in this watershed moment are rendered here in nuanced and detailed relief: Sharif Hussein, the Arab leader who secretly sought British support; Chaim Weizmann, Zionist hero, the folksmensch who charmed British high society; T. E. Lawrence, the legendary ´´super cerebral´´ British officer who ´´set the desert on fire´´ for the Arabs; Basil Zaharoff, the infamous arms dealer who was Britain´s most important back channel to the Turks; and the other generals and prime ministers, soldiers and negotiators, who shed blood and cut deals to grab or give away the precious land. A book crucial to understanding the Middle East as it is today, The Balfour Declaration is a rich and remarkable achievement, a riveting volume about the ancient faiths and timeless treacheries that continue to drive global events. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicholas Guy Smith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/005174/bk_rand_005174_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Edward Van Halen earned his spot in the guitar tone hall of fame with the first note on his debut album in 1978. The guitar work on that album still boggles minds more than 25 years later. The tones that EVH got on that classic record are among the greatest ever, and a huge part of Eddie‘s guitar sound has always been the MXR Phase 90. The Phase 90 contributed to the unbelievable tones on ´´Eruption,” ´´Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love,” ´´On Fire,” and ´´Atomic Punk,” plus many other timeless Van Halen tracks.Now you can grab a piece of Eddie’s magic with the new MXR EVH 90—a collaboration between Eddie Van Halen and Dunlop Manufacturing that represents a totally redesigned, updated version of the legendary Phase 90. The EVH 90 will give you the same great spacey swirls and hypnotic warbles that made the Phase 90 famous. But the EVH 90 also features the all-new Script switch that lets you instantly toggle between a vintage, ´´Script Logo” phase tone and a more modern, in-your-face ´´Block Logo” phaser. Plus, the EVH 90 sports the greatest graphics in the history of rock: the red, white, and black stripes from Eddie’s legendary Frankenstein guitar. Oh yeah—it’s also got a bitchin’ new blue LED. Now, how cool is that?
DescriptionThis Little Black Book Of All-Time Hit Songs is a pint-sized collection of 72 of the most timeless and enduring tunes ever written, all presented in chord song book format including chord symbols, Guitar chord boxes and full lyrics. Included within this Little Black Book are some not-so-little hits that are universally known as some of the greatest songs ever, composed by some of the greatest artists to have graced the airwaves. Artists like Elvis Presley, Queen, Van Morrison, Marvin Gaye, Dusty Springfield, Stevie Wonder and The Rolling Stones are represented here, and the list truly does go on. Reading the contents is like looking back through time at the legends and geniuses of the musical world - those performers and bands who transcend genres and time periods to become immortal. If you´ve ever wanted to play songs like Bohemian Rhapsody (even though the list of chords takes up almost a page!), Go Your Own Way, Baby Love, as well as massive modern classics like I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor, Song 2 and Seven Nation Army then this Little Black Book of all-time hit Guitar chords is for you. With handy chord boxes, chord symbols and full lyrics, you can learn the songs exactly as these musicians have played them, and therefore nail each and every tune here. This All-Time Hit Songs book is perfect for a variety of players, with simpler songs that are stalwarts of a buskers´ repertoire as well as more challenging tunes for the advanced player. The old favourites rub shoulders with contemporary pop melodies making this Guitar chord song book perfect for musicians and audiences of all tastes. The Little Black Book Of All-Time Hit Songs packs the biggest songs into a brilliantly small size. Perfect for the home or on the move, Guitarists will love every one of these immortal hits.A Groovy Kind Of Love [Mindbenders, The] A Rainy Night In Georgia [Benton, Brook] ABC [Jackson Five] Alone Again, Naturally [O´Sullivan, Gilbert] Always On My Mind [Presley, Elvis] At Seventeen [Ian, Janis] Baby Love [Supremes, The] Baggy Trousers [Madness] Bohemian Rhapsody [Queen] Brass In Pocket [Pretenders, The] Can´t Take My Eyes Off You [Williams, Andy] Come Away With Me [Jones, Norah] Dance The Night Away [Mavericks, The] Daydream Believer [Monkees, The] December 1963 (Oh, What A Night) [Valli, Frankie] [Four Seasons, The] Do Right Woman, Do Right Man [Franklin, Aretha] Do You Really Want To Hurt Me [Culture Club] Down Under [Men At Work] Dream A Little Dream Of Me [Mama Cass] Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me) [Train] Everybody Wants To Rule The World [Tears For Fears] Fire [Kasabian] Go Your Own Way [Fleetwood Mac] Have I Told You Lately [Van Morrison] Help Me Make It Through The Night [Kristofferson, Kris] Holding Back The Years [Simply Red] How To Save A Life [Fray, The] I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor [Arctic Monkeys] I Don’t Wanna Dance [Grant, Eddy] I Heard It Through The Grapevine [Gaye, Marvin] I Saw The Light [Rundgren, Todd] I’m Not In Love [10cc] It Must Have Been Love [Roxette] Jack And Diane [Mellencamp, John] Labelled With Love [Squeeze] Livin’ Thing [Electric Light Orchestra] Living Doll [Richard, Cliff] Love Shack [B-52’s, The] Maggie May [Stewart, Rod] Mercy [Duffy] More Than This [Roxy Music] Mr. Jones [Counting Crows] Mustang Sally [Pickett, Wilson] My Cherie Amour [Wonder, Stevie] My Girl [Temptations, The] Nowhere To Run [Martha & The Vandellas] Orinoco Flow [Enya] Personal Jesus [Depeche Mode] Pretty In Pink [Psychedelic Furs, The] Reach Out I’ll Be There [Four Tops] Rio [Duran Duran] Seven Nation Army [White Stripes, The] Sledgehammer [Gabriel, Peter] Smoke On The Water [Deep Purple] Song 2 [Blur] Start Me Up [Rolling Stones, The] Stupid Cupid [Francis, Connie] Take Your Mama [Scissor Sisters] The House OF The Rising Sun [Animals, The] The Loco-Motion [Little Eva] The Look Of Love [Springfield, Dusty] The Tears Of A Clown [Smokey Robinson & The Miracles] Three Times A Lady [Commodores] Total Eclipse Of The Heart [Tyler, Bonnie] Toxic [Spears, Britney] Uptown Girl [Joel, Billy] Virtual Insanity [Jamiroquai] Walk On The Wild Side [Reed, Lou] What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted? [Ruffin, Jimmy] Would I Lie To You? [Charles & Eddie] Wuthering Heights [Charles & Eddie] Young Folks [Peter Bjorn And John]