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PunchLight Recording Lamp USB
LED RECORDING Light for Pro Tools, Nuendo, Cubase, Logic Pro, Digital Performer, Sonar, Vegas Pro, Reaper & PreSonus Studio One
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Real Price............... $119.95
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PunchLight Recording Lamp USB RGB Description

No hardware required, just USB!

The RECORDING Lamp USB is a small plexiglass light unit which automatically indicates Recording start/stop and record "ready". You can now choose your own colors with the Recording Lamp USB. The new hardware allows customization of all three lamp modes: Recording (usually red) and Pre Roll (usually yellow), and Cue can each be a separate colour. This is possible thanks to a new internal RGB design. No PSU or MIDI Interface is needed !

PunchLight Recording Lamp USB Features
  • Automatically indicates recording and record ready/preroll
  • A cue (third colour) can be controlled manually
  • New RGB internal design
  • Choose your own custom colours for all 3 lamp modes
  • Connects directly to USB
  • No Midi Interface
  • No Power Supply
  • All electronics inside
  • Size - 74 x 35 mm (2,91" x 1,38")
  • Removable cable 5m (can be longer if USB extension cables are used)
  • Easy installation
  • Power consumption 250 mA
  • MAC or PC compatible
  • Supported applications: Pro Tools, Nuendo, Cubase, Logic Pro, Digital Performer, Sonar, Vegas Pro, Reaper & PreSonus Studio One
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Punchlight Recording Lamp USB Review / See All ZenPro Audio Reviews Here: Review Page

I love simple devices that just do a job well and bring something to the process, and this is one of those devices. This Czech company seems to have found a very cool way of bringing simple but functional needs within the price range of anyone, and is something that the most well equipped studio is probably still without. Utilizing USB from within a DAW while tracking is pure genius, and it even powers the device so a simple USB cable is all that is needed (and includes a 5m cable with each lamp). The lamp is nicely sized at almost 3” across, has a felt-like backing for using table-top, and the cable entrance is from the side (so it could be wall mounted without a cable issue).

To learn about the device we installed it on a Windows XP 32 bit machine running Steinberg Nuendo / Cubase. We simply plugged it in, and within seconds it was recognized and ready. Then we visited to download the latest utility software, and placed that file on our desktop. Next we chose “Generic HUI” in the utility, then created a Mackie HUI device in Nuendo with an output of “USB Audio Device” (it seems Punchlight didn't write a name for it to report otherwise). At that point the device will function with “Play” (pre-roll) defaulting to yellow and “Record” defaulting to red.

You can enter the utility and choose any combo of colors for each mode (we liked green for play mode) and also adjust the brightness. There is a manual “cue” mode which you can click on to send a quick blue (default, you can change it too) flash to the artist. In stop mode, the light is off. You can also just have the lamp on all the time, turning it red for instance and hanging it over a door might make sense in general to let visitors know not to enter a room.

Conclusion: We all know musicians and vocalists need help in the studio knowing what is going on, and the Punchlight Recording Lamp USB is the perfect way to keep them informed and ready. For overdubs, or for simply letting visitors know not to enter a room while tracking, there is no better solution if you need interactive DAW controlled indication to others.


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