Control Within Your Grasp

Sometimes a product can seem so commonplace that we presume to understand all of its functions, only to learn that’s not necessarily the case. A classroom multimedia player might be one such product.

Certainly there are standard features like your standard radio, cassette, or CD player and the special controls that go with them to assist you with any specific needs you may have.  But within a classroom environment, where you expect the best possible application from your AV equipment to assist student learning, understanding what the digital EQ is can prove to be as important as knowing how to simply work the volume level and power button.

The digital EQ, found on the Califone MP3 player, and the MP3-capable Music Maker media players, allows you to select between different music sounds such as classic, pop, and rock. These selections can enhance certain musical beats that otherwise would not be heard when played on a normal setting. Incorporating all of these controls in music-related activities will further assist you and your students in successfully achieving the full concept of a musical collaboration or instrumental piece they are working on.

Learning the purpose of each of those controls and how they can best be applied to your lesson plans and activities can help students get the most out of the curriculum they are presented. The balance control ensures that the sound is coming out evenly from both speakers and is not one-sided so your students can get the full surround sound experience. The bass control on a media player focuses on the low-pitched sound or tone a song typically has. The treble control is just the opposite in that it concentrates solely on the highest pitch or range, or highest part in harmonized music. In addition to these controls being on a media player like the Performer Plus™, they can also be found on its remote control as well as the remote for the Music Maker™ series.


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