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Best Scratch Pads 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated December 1, 2018
Best Scratch Pads of 2018
Following is the list of top three scratch pads of 2018. I have taken the initiative to educate you on the top three best scratch pads that you can buy this year.
Not all scratch pads are created equal though. So, what exactly would anyone want to know about scratch pads? I know most of us don’t really care much about the history and the origin, all we want to know is which of them is the best. Of course, I will spare you the history and go straight on to the best scratch pads.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this scratch pads win the first place?
I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable.
Why did this scratch pads come in second place?
Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money.
Why did this scratch pads take third place?
I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. The material is incredibly nice to the touch. It has a great color, which will suit any wallpapers. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built.
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It is the core of the brake drum system. Brake shoes have been in use since the first automobile was released. They refer to friction elements that are made out of steel that assumes a curved shape and feature friction coating material on one side. The main benefit of using brake shoes is that the friction material can be refilled. Hence you don’t have to change the whole system.
How Brake Shoes Function
While braking, the shoes bulge outwards against the spinning brake drums connected to the wheel. The kinetic energy of the spinning-wheel is narrowed down and converted to heat or friction, and it stops. Simultaneously the vehicle stops as the kinetic energy dies out.
Hawk Performance HB302Y.700 LTS Brake Pad
Our third entry on our list again comes from Hawk Performance. These brakes offer the same great brand name but at a step down from the enhanced product.
This version of Hawk’s brakes is a bit less expensive and – well, a wise man once said you get what you pay for. While these brakes are by no stretch of the imagination worthless, they are a certainly a grade down from their bigger brother in the HB552P.72product.
These brakes still benefit from the knowledge at Hawk Performance and are engineered using technology from fleet and military applications.
These brakes are made for light trucks and SUVs, as well as moderate towing. They are built for outstanding braking power with superior fade resistance that you are sure to enjoy.
They have outstanding pad and rotor life and are virtually noise free. These brakes are perfect given the opportunity to shine under the right circumstances.
Apparently, these Hawk brakes are great for city driving, some quick stops, and, best of all, towing. Now, this is not to say that towing everything with these brakes is a great idea.
But they are certainly great for a light or moderate tow. Also, users love the durability that these brake bring to the table. Nearly every review you can find cites the long lasting ability that these brakes have. Overall, these brakes are a great option for you and your average towing needs.
To hold the pad up manufacturers often put a small strip of silicone on the top and bottom seams. It can irritate the skin however, so some manufacturers use slightly smaller strips or eliminate it all together, preferring a stretchy hem instead.
Why you need a tailgate pad
You need a tailgate pad to save yourself from damage to your bikes and to your truck.
Not using a tailgate pad can have some pretty disappointing consequences.
Third, a tailgate pad helps you keep all the bikes you are shuttling up the mountain organized and safe as you bounce up to the trailhead.
New arrival at the office. Time to play.
Bringing it back over 40 years after its initial introduction, we were a bit skeptical as to what KORG’s re-issue (sometimes referred to as the KARP Odyssey) would have in store. But all worries were immediately alleviated once we sat down, plugged it in, and started playing. The sound is spot-on. Close your eyes and you’re there, back in time, it’s that damn accurate. Some things have changed, though, but all for the better. The entire casing is about 15% smaller, which is great because the original Odyssey never fit right on any desk I’ve ever used. You also have a new headphone jack, plus a selector switch for all three classic Odyssey filter revisions (an amazingly welcome feature). The keys are smaller, which might turn off some purists, but they’ve got a fast action, and there’s now a piece of casing underneath the keybed that wasn’t on the originals (a nice touch, because that lack of protection is precisely why you see so many of the old ones with broken keys).
We love almost every addition except one. MIDI implementation is pretty weak. You’ve got note on/note off and as far as we could tell (trust us, we dug around hoping this wasn’t the case), that’s it. So as a MIDI controller, it’s a bit of a dud. But really, that’s not why you’re buying it, is it? Nah, you want that Odyssey look (our re-issue is in the Rev case, the classic orange/black combo) and sound without breaking the bank. And on that front, KORG delivers in a big, bad way. Color us impressed.
Seasoned floor maintenance personnel understand how to specify the correct floor pad for the most efficient burnishing, buffing, scrubbing and stripping procedures. But professionals without experience rely on their jan/san distributors to point them to the products that will make their work as efficient as possible. Distributors can help end users avoid using a floor pad that is too weak to have an effect and essentially would be a waste of time. On the other hand, a floor pad that’s too aggressive can cause problems that require extensive remediation.
Pad Types “Buffing takes the dirt up and brings a semi-gloss back to the wax,” says Scotty Roberson, sales and marketing manager for Norton Abrasives, Stevenville, Texas.
A buffer or swing machine used at 17to 600 rpm is often used with a buffer or polish pad, which are typically synthetic or microfiber, says Roberson. “They remove the top layer or two of wax, along with all of the scratches and dirt,” says Roberson.
To save on labor, many facilities are using harder finishes, says John Miller, executive vice president of sales for Americo, Acworth, Ga. These finishes can have layers scrubbed off and polished to look like new, which extends the time between more intensive stripping and recoating. “It’s five times less expensive to scrub and recoat vs. strip and recoat,” says Ed Michels, marketing development manager for 3M Building and Commercial Services Division, St. Paul, Minn. “The pad cost is to percent of the procedure; the majority of cost — 80 to 90 percent — is labor. We try to encourage customers to practice scrub and recoat more frequently to extend the amount of time between stripping and refinishing.”
How often a cleaning crew needs to scrub depends on traffic. “You know it’s time when your regular daily cleaning operations are not getting the floor clean, and you’re seeing traffic lanes, and perhaps a yellowish appearance,” says Michels. “That tells you that there is soil embedded in the floor finish.”
The blue or green scrub pad will remove one to two coats, giving the floor a uniform, dull surface. Then users can apply another coat or two of floor finish.
Other tips for longevity include using both sides of the pad, brushing it gently during rinsing, and taking it off the machine when it’s not in use.
High-speed burnishing machines run at 1,000 to 3,000 rpm and apply more heat and pressure to the floor to remove wax. “An electric burnisher creates up to 2,000 rpm, but has little downward pressure,” says Miller. “Battery-powered burnishers create a higher rpm and more brush pressure, and propane creates the maximum rpm and the most downward pressure. Tell your vendor what finish and what machine you have, and the vendor should be able to provide you with recommendations on the best pad to complete the system.”
Floor Pad Compositions “The reason hog bristle works better than other natural fibers, is because it’s hollow and can heat up and cool down,” says Randy Flowers, regional sales manager for ETC of Henderson, Henderson, N.C.
Hair is also biodegradable, and some say it’s green for that reason, but others say feel that’s cancelled out by the processing needed to acquire the hair.
High hair content can also create a burning hair odor when used with high-speed applications. On the upside, heavy hair can generate more heat so you can burnish harder waxes more efficiently, says Roberson. “Synthetics can be manipulated in different ways,” he says. “To act like heavy hair, the manufacturer can change fiber deniers and latex binders which makes the pad heavier. A denier is pretty thin, a 50 denier is a lot heavier and will be a hardier product.”
A downside can be cost, but they’re easily cleaned and readily reused. Also, while microfiber won’t decompose quickly in a landfill, users can reduce the harshness of the chemical and rely on the fiber to clean.
Before choosing a floor pad, users need to determine the hardness of the finish, the frequency of care, the equipment, and the chemical being used. It’s a recipe that can be fine-tuned until an end-user knows exactly what works for their needs.
Manufacturers encourage distributors to ask questions and get recommendations for their clients.
Manufacturers also recommend continuing education from associations to empower distributors, building service contractors, facility managers and housekeeping managers to understand the facets of floor care. “One of the biggest areas missing is education of the distributor, and thus the end user, on where to use particular products,” says Flowers. “It’s wise to choose a manufacturer that will give you education. Products need to work together so you don’t waste labor. Ninety-five percent of the job is labor, and four percent is chemical. Using a wrong, cheap or inferior pad will undo the other 9percent.”
This ‘color and clarity restorer’ has long been one of our favourite paint treatments, as it strikes a great balance between abrasion and progress on marks. Nothing we tested could match the way it tackled our self-inflicted scratch and left a shiny finish that did not require further polishing. It can be applied by hand with a foam pad or cloth in a circular motion, or by a machine polisher or buffer. A superbly balanced and effective solution.
It’s hard to know how to rank Autoglym’s new kit. It is undoubtedly expensive for just 100ml of scratch remover paste, but it does come with a microfibre cloth, foam applicator pad and 100ml of Super Resin Polish to bring the rest of the paint to the same appearance. The paste works brilliantly, dealing quickly with marks and leaving a shiny finish.
Water resistance? Why does it matter? It may or may not matter. If you intend to use the AED indoors, work primarily in a dry clean environment and don’t foresee the AED getting into the elements, skip this section. However if you want your AED to be used primarily outdoors, marine applications, work in dirty or even disgusting environments or you just don’t know? You may want to read on. AED’s are rated an IP rating which is
The highest IP rated AED’s are the Philips FRx, Defibech Lifeline, Defibtech View, ZOLL AED Plus, Heartsine Samaritan and for the Pro AED’s they are the Physio-Control LIFEPAK 1000, Philips FRand ZOLL AED Pro units.
Please note that IP rating has nothing to do with the AED’s ability to withstand a drop or it’s overall ruggedness.
To display or not to display? That may or may not be the question. In general a visual display screen probably makes no difference in overall use. Some AED’s have display screens that show text on a screen on what the audio prompts are telling you and some AED’s offer flashing lights that correspond to pre-printed text prompts or graphics and some just have audio (voice) prompts only. Display screens may or may not be an important purchasing factor, unless you work in a very noisy environment where you will not be able to hear the voice prompts thru the AED’s speaker or the person using the AED is hearing impaired. The newest AED the Lifeline View from Defibtech features the best in visual display with full color animation that displays on the screen showing the users what to do next. The Cardiac Science Powerheart GPlus and GPro, ZOLL AED Plus, ZOLL AED Pro and Physio-Control LIFEPAK 1000 AED all feature text displays. The Defibtech Lifeline AED, Philips Onsite, Philips FRx and Heartsine Samaritan AED all feature graphical pictures and flashing lights to indicate steps. The ZOLL AED Plus, ZOLL AED Pro, Cardiac Science GPro and LIFEPAK 1000 offer optional ECG display, for most that information is not helpful but it maybe a great option for EMS, professional rescuers, doctors offices or dental offices. Is it important? Maybe, but maybe not? You decide.
Size may or may not be a factor when deciding which AED to purchase. If you intend on your AED hanging in the AED cabinet in your office collecting dust, then maybe it doesn’t matter. If you are constantly packing your AED around in a rescue pack or to football games, then maybe size is important.
A Brief History of Electronic Drums
In the mid-1970s, the Syndrum, the first commercially available electronic drums, were introduced. Available in three configurations: single, twin or quad, they were soon adopted by drummers such as Keith Moon, Carmine Appice, Terry Bozzio, Jeff Porcaro, and many more. One of the most famous Syndrum parts is heard on the intro to “Let the Good Time Roll” on the Cars’ 197self-titled debut album.
Alesis Crimson 5-Piece Kit packs 70 drum kits and 600 different sounds.
The Roland V-Pad 10” Tom has dual triggers on the head and rim, and offers more natural feel thanks to its mesh head.
Yamaha’s PCY153-Zone Electronic Cymbal Pad has sensors on the edge, bow, and cup zones for highly nuanced cymbal sounds and a very natural feel.
Electronic hi-hats have also made great strides. Multi-zone hi-hats are now available that produce a great range of sounds and permit realistic, expressive playing by responding to open- and closed-position techniques.
Here are the key features and capabilities to consider when comparing modules:
Preset Patterns: Every module has a selection of preset patterns that are usually short two-bar patterns or drum parts that are often related to specific drum kits or music styles. As mentioned earlier, these can be valuable learning tools as well as a source of inspiration in creating your own unique drum parts. Many modules include full play-along tracks for both fun and practice.
Natural Feel and Sound: The best modules offer fast and accurate trigger response that gives drummers the same feedback they get from an acoustic kit. In other words, the module responds accurately to nuances in your playing technique giving you audio feedback that closely parallels your playing. The sensitivity and velocity of the module’s response can usually be tweaked to give you a more realistic playing experience. Many modules let you adjust the EQ of individual drums and cymbals for a balanced mix. They also often include ambience effects to improve your overall sound when playing in difficult performance or studio spaces.
The TD-2Drum Module from Roland is loaded with incredible drum and percussion sounds and offers plenty of connectivity options for expansion. It can be purchased standalone or as part of two full electronic drum kits, TD-25K and TD-25KV.
Look for a module that gets good marks for its positional sensing—the ability to accurately respond to where you’re playing on snares or cymbals that have multiple triggers. The best modules reproduce your playing dynamics with subtle sound variations. The module’s performance in reproducing cymbal sounds is especially critical. Crash shots should have the power you’d expect from an acoustic crash cymbal. Similarly, delicate swells and brush sounds should be reproduced accurately. The transitional sounds on hi-hats as you slowly move from the open to closed position should be smooth. The module should be able to authentically reproduce the sounds of playing in every hi-hat position from half open to slightly open to closed.
On drums, the sound of open rolls, buzz rolls, and flams should remain continuous and smooth between individual hits. Snare buzz resonances should sound realistic too. In auditioning an electronic kit, close your eyes and focus on its sound. Do the drums sound real? Can you hear realistic tom resonance? Does the kick drum have the “whomp” of an acoustic bass drum?
Making the Transition from Acoustic to Electronic Drumming
Drummers accustomed to the feel and response of their traditional acoustic drum set sometimes have difficulty transitioning to electronic drumming. Here are the main challenges and potential solutions:
Latency: Although MIDI is very fast, capable of processing hundreds of notes per second, you still may experience a slight lag between your sticking and the sound you hear. This is mostly caused by your preconditioning from playing acoustic drums. With time and practice on an electronic kit, this perception of a lag will diminish.
Distant Sound: Accustomed to hearing the sound of their performance emanating directly from their drum kit, drummers can find the electronic kit’s output through PA speakers many feet away distorienting. A small pair of monitor speakers mounted to the drum rack, or in-ear monitors can help eliminate this issue. We will address various monitoring systems below.
The Best of Both Worlds: Electronic-Acoustic ”Hybrid” Kits
Some drummers may never get completely comfortable with an electronic kit. Yet they would love to expand their artistic options with the many sounds possible using a drum module. By equipping your traditional kit with a set of acoustic triggers, you can enjoy the benefits of digital drum modules while enjoying all the visceral feel of a full acoustic drum set.
The ddrum Redshot 5-Piece Trigger Pack is a cost-effective way to convert conventional drum shells to electronic operation.
Another interesting development is the appearance of GEN1acoustic-electric cymbal packs from Zildjian. These innovative bundles include multiple cymbals, a controller/module, condenser mics optimized for each cymbal, plus all cabling and mounting hardware. The cymbals are capable of creating a huge range of traditional cymbal sounds as well as some decidedly non-traditional effects.
Combining reduced-volume acoustic cymbals with a patented digital cymbal processor allows you to play Zildjian Gen 1Buffed Bronze Acoustic-Electrtic Cymbals with tremendous expression. Unlike triggers, you can use real sticks, mallets or rods.
Club work is a great application for acoustic-electric drum sets. Venues with challenging acoustics and unpredictable PAs can be much less difficult to play with a trigger-equipped drum set. With acoustic triggers, you need fewer mics on your kit, reducing sound bleed from other instruments. In conjunction with your drum module, this makes for clearer and punchier percussion. You can take even further control of your sound with your own drum amp, taking front-of-house sound out of the equation altogether.
Drum machines enjoyed a rocket-like ascension in popularity in the ’80s and are by definition quite different from electronic drums. These beatboxes helped shape the sound of the era and still enjoy considerable popularity with hip-hop and rap producers as well as EDM bands and DJs. Even though software-based beat-building has become increasingly common, the tactile control surfaces of drum machines with their real knobs and buttons offer big workflow benefits.
The Korg Volca Beats Analog Drum Machine is a powerful tool for music producers that offers hands-on control of all beat-building processes.
Some songwriters also use drum machines to build rhythm arrangements and grooves. Most of these devices have MIDI support so they integrate easily with keyboards, workstation arrangers, and electronic drum kits. They’re also still popular with solo and duo performers who need rhythmic backup. You’ll find drum machines that run the gamut from affordable and compact tabletop units that can be mastered relatively quickly to sophisticated devices with advanced sequencing functions and thousands of patterns, songs, samples, drum kits, and other instruments.
Most artists have returned to using real drummers in the studio for the feel that only a human can provide. However, some musicians continue to use drum machines as part of their sketch pad for composing songs. Drum machines are also used in cutting-edge genres like techno, jungle, and drum ‘n’ bass for playing extremely fast beats that are beyond the abilities of mere mortal drummers. They are also an important component of computer-based digital studios due to their ease of programming, their vast number of drum and percussion sounds, and onboard rhythms and grooves.
The ’90s saw the rise of production and groove-creation gear such as the Akai MPC and Yamaha QY series that combined the features of a drum machine with sequencing and sampling capabilities. The cut-and-paste aesthetic of these souped-up beatboxes inspired a whole generation of artists. Trip-hop artist Tricky produced whole albums using little more than a Yamaha QY-2Although these devices cover a whole lot more ground than simply creating rhythm tracks, they’re an important part of electronic beat building, with capabilities far beyond those built into electronic drum modules.
Beside full-on electronic drum sets, there are also percussion controllers that allow you to trigger sounds from a small module or pad set. In some cases they can be played with your hands as well as sticks. An electronic percussion controller makes a great addition to a drum set for players who want the versatility of an electronic sound set without changing over to an electronic drum kit. The Yamaha DTX-MULTI 1Digital Percussion Pad is a percussion controller that has many of the features of complete electronic drum kits, and is extremely versatile. It can be played with sticks, hands, or fingers.
The Yamaha DTX-MULTI 1Percussion Pad offers full electronic-kit capabilities in a knapsack-friendly, compact format.
Explore drumming on the go with our Drummers Guide to iOS Gear.
Full-frame PDBs like this make builds very easy but are prone to breaking in crashes and are hard to replace.
Generally the PDB is mounted just under the Flight Controller on the 35x35mm mounting area in the middle of your quadcopter. These square PDBs are the most common on the market and are convenient to work with and generally very durable. We highly recommend using a square PDB.
Some flight controllers, like the DTFc, have built-in PDBs.
Most PDBs have at least a 5V and often a 12V voltage regulator. These regulators take your battery voltage, whatever it is, and bring it down to a level useable by the electronics on your quadcopter.
There are two types of regulators that can be found on a PDB:
Linear regulators have a distinctive look.
The second type of regulator acts like a resistor to burn off excess voltage as heat while delivering the remaining power to your components. The resistance applied varies with the voltage of your battery and the load of your components so that a constant output voltage is delivered. These types of regulators can generate lots of heat when hooked up to power-hungry components like video transmitters. Like finger-burning, board-melting amounts of heat. They are also the most simple types of regulators and are dirt cheap to use.
As was discussed in the 12V section above, the ESCs in your miniquad can induce huge voltage spikes when doing heavy acro maneuvers that require lots of throttle and braking. These swings can actually produce signals that can get into your video feed, causing static and poor range. By adding electronic power filters into the VTX/Camera ports on the PDB, these problems can be averted.
The OSDoge is a popular square PDB that can be mounted directly on top of a Naze Flight Controller to provide FC power and an OSD based on minimOSD. It is a very expensive option, so we have a tough time recommending it unless you specifically want something that is easy to stack on top of the Naze. For other flight controllers, we recommend you check out the PowerOSD or RROSD.
Denon DJ MC7000
Pros: Dual USB ports (easy DJ switch-overs and B2B), DVS capability, key-matching controls and rugged metal construction makes this controller a high-value purchase.
Choose If: You want a premium Serato experience, especially for more than one DJ at a time.
The jog wheels are large and chunky.
Channel metering was added to the SB(and RB), having been notably absent from the original DDJ-SB.
Traktor Kontrol S(For: Traktor) Budget-friendly access to big Traktor power.
Pros: You can access all basic functions of Traktor in decks, and you even get great mobile support with Traktor DJ for iOS.
For example, two Traktor Kontrol Dcontrollers + a Kontrol Zmixer makes for a great all-around setup:
Often, modular controllers are used for adding functionality to an existing setup (rather than trying to piece together an all-in-one controller a la carte).
Sometimes, companies will release a controller specifically for some new DJ software functionality. For example, controlling Remix Deck (Traktor Kontrol F1), adding Serato Flip capability (Reloop Neon), or adding cue point control to turntables with the Novation Dicer.
You can shop for modular DJ controllers in our online store.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Scratch Pads wisely! Good luck!
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- №3 — Ampad 21731 Scratch Pad Notebook