How to stop your tech volunteers from quitting!
The grind of weekly set-up and tear-down will consume your volunteers, unless you give them the tools they need. It's that simple.
Virtually all churches we work with, especially those that are mobile, struggle with the same issues. Whether it's developing skilled sound and video operators before their families "want them back", having the time and resources to develop skilled people at all, or just the drain of getting started at 5:30AM for the 8:00 service and striking it all after lunch, keeping weekend production teams going forward is a tough job.
Let's make it easier!
What's the most thankless job on the weekend services production crew? Cable taper - hands down. Especially if your church sets up and tears down every week, your crew spends a lot of time on its hands and knees with rolls of gaffer's tape (that's often the wrong width) measuring out a couple arm's lengths and ripping it with their teeth, while trying to keep the lines straight.
And we ask why our volunteers don't stick around.
What if we could help you make taping cables the job that people wanted to do?
Happy tapers stick around to learn other tasks, feel more productive and spend less time crawling around on the floor. And really, who wants to crawl around on the floor?
The GaffGun from Gafftech might well be your best-ever investment in volunteer retention and growth. Imagine 10 minutes of taping being reduced to a minute. Take a look at the video below.
QSC Touchmix Android App - Just Released
Explore the power and intuitive workflow of the award-winning TouchMix interface for yourself. Download the free TouchMix Control App to your iOS or Android tablet for the virtual TouchMix experience.
The TouchMix Control App features:
• Complete wireless control of all TouchMix functions and features on iOS and Android tablets
• Personal stage monitor Aux mixing control on iOS and Android smart-phones
• Connect up to 12 iOS or Android devices in any combination simultaneously
With sound quality that rivals professional consoles costing ten times more, the TouchMix is... Simply Genius.
Learn more about TouchMix Control.
Tone versus stage volume - an epic battle, and an easy way to solve it
Delivering great tone at low volume.
One of our system designers is working on an article entitled "How Loud is Loud Enough?". It will be published in the next week or two.
We find, especially in smaller churches with contemporary worship, that the battle between what we'll call stage volume and overall volume in the house is often an issue. Instrumentalists need more volume in order to feel their instrument or to get the best tone from their amplifier. And there's truth to that. And that need for volume drives listening sound pressure levels higher than they need to be for worshippers. It's a very real conflict in smaller rooms.
In order to get that full tone, many musicians build or buy isolation boxes for their amps and/or place the amps in another room so that they can get the tone they want and to not overpower the house sound system. There's an easier way, and a less expensive way.
The Radial Headload is a combination load box and attenuator that handles up to 130 watts RMS of continuous power and peaks of 180 watts. To use the Headload, it gets placed between the amplifier head and the speaker cabinet, allowing the guitar amp to be driven hard while reducing the output level - thus quieting the stage.
The headload utilizes Radial's JDX Reactor direct box which captures the signal from the head plus the reactive load from the speaker cabinet for a more natural tone. The Headload is also equipped with a Radial Phazer – phase adjustment tool. This lets you time-align the JDX direct feed with the microphone to deliver natural tones, or when pushed to extreme, create over the top effects. The JDX direct output may also be tailored to suit with a 6 position voicing switch to select from various cabinet emulation presets and fine tuned using a 2-band EQ to tame overly bright amps.
The Radial Headload V8 (8 Ohm version available now) can be used with or without the guitar speaker cabinet to help you get the precise balance of tone and volume that you need. $899. It might just be the product that allows everyone to have what they need.
Sneak Peak - Bose F1 Flexible Array Loudspeaker
There's been a lot of buzz around portable PA the past few years, thanks mostly to power amplifiers becoming smaller and lighter. The idea behind portable is that you can take it anywhere, the downside of which is that all performance venues are not alike -- so the decision of what to buy has always been a question of what's the best fit for most situations.
The engineers at Bose have come up with a solution to speaker systems easy to understand (and even easier to implement) for smaller venues, or outdoor patios. Last week, we got to look at, and listen to, the new Bose F1 Flexible Line Array system which begins shipping September 1, and here's what we thought after our initial demo.
Four speakers in one box! With a simple push or pull to the top or bottom of the speaker array, it was easy to reconfigure the elements to cover a wide variety of rooms vertically. Take a look at the images below to see what we mean.
With the speaker position in J configuration we were immediately able to cover the front rows with the speakers above the listener's heads on a platform or stage. The effect was immediately noticeable as the elements were manipulated. The "C" configuration could cover a small hall or church with a stage and a balcony while the reverse "J" configuration nicely covers a room with no platform and a raked floor or balcony where some of the listeners ears are position higher than the speakers. Straight allows you to keep from bouncing sound off the ceilings when not needed. Pattern control is a beautiful thing.
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