Thursday, December 19, 2013

MERCENARY.COM Letter from Bob

When the property came to us we sent this letter to the old Mercenary customers, many of whom we knew well.

It has been over ten years since Soundwave Research started designing sensors, transducers, antennas, mics, pickups and other things related to the art and science of sound.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Huckleberry era Closed

The closing of Huckleberry Music/Mercenary Audio was much discussed, but not much mention has been made of the motifs, artwork, advertising ideas and trademarks that make the Mercenary Audio brand a good fit for all kinds of merchandise and services today.  I tried to find an old ad that was not specific to any particular product and came up with this one from way back: "More signal  Less noise"tm is something we always agreed with.

The 1960's style of this ad appeals to me. It is, perhaps, visually reminiscent of old TWA posters set to the tune of Tom Waits' "Prices Prices".  Enjoy the humor and the message!

Soundwave Research owns and uses Mercenary, Mercenary Audio, Mercenary Wireless on products and services relating to a wide variety of products and works with sister division to serve wireless needs in venues, churches, theaters and convention centers.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

John Cate wins Good Song Award. 2nd GSA issues for "You Should've Warned Me"

Ashland, MA June 4, 2013:  Soundwave Research has awarded its second Good Song Award to recording artist John Cate for his song "You Should've Warned Me".  The Good Song Award criteria was met after many months of listening and scanning for that "Good Song". An unspecified, potentially secret award is given to each recipient of the Award, which has previous issued for only one other "Good Song" to date.

Visit this link to find out more about John Cate and his Good Song You Should've Warned Me.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Dowload this album - The Sausage Factory

Klezmer, meets Tin Hat Trio meets Beck meets Bonzo Dog meets Eminem meets Donald Fagen meets Basement Jaxx meets Uncle Meat, ground, salted and extruded by the mind of Sean, known for the El Diablo song, among other creative controversies. This one an encyclopedia of motifs, encased like knockwurst, the kind that is still crackly and sublime, but more complicated than that.  Throw away the flaccid rock idioms and leave behind the indie dirges: Instead listen to this "fun record".  The MOBA-like album art is a plus, and tells you nothing about what's inside.  Just like sausage.

Former guitarist of The Arrogant Sons of Bitches (and brief keyboardist of Bomb the Music Industry!), Sean Eldon wanders out into the pop landscape and hitting all the good stuff. Written and recorded in little over a month, The Sausage Factory is an immediate and incredibly fun record to listen to. For fans of Squeeze, Dismemberment Plan, Elvis Costello, The Supremes and other good things.
Click here to download the album!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Diversity Fin Antenna solves longstanding problems with indoor wireless

The enthusiastic response and fast sales of the Diversity Fin Antenna have been gratifying, to say the least. Most users appreciate the convenience and performance aspects:

1. Single stand

2. Orthogonal elements virtually eliminate cross polarization nulls.

3. Superior signal constancy within the field of use.

4.Non-critical positioning relative to the stage.

5. Forward biased bidirectional dipole 90 degrees from the plane of the substrate - the dipole is not an omni (see specs here)

6. Uncorrelated orthogonally polarized LPDA with minimal cross coupling.

7. Works with all two branch systems and even with two antenna phased array systems (those that switch phase of two spaced apart antennas to provide a positive signal)

8. Safety. If it falls over, there are no sharp or hard edges to damage equipment or other objects. The corners of the dielectric cover is padded, and the cover doubles as a travel case.

9. Stows by just folding the dipole into the stow position.

10. Price

11. Polarization diversity is rapidly being adopted by telecoms, land mobile systems, urban communication systems and other RF transmission equipment due to its superior signal constancy with virtually no tradeoff  (typically 1 dB) in gain. (see this paper for a good read on why this is)

12. Designed using current Human Factors Design principles by a team with over 4 decades of antenna design experience, and over 30 antenna related patents.