Choir mic shootout - Heil PR30 versus Beyerdynamic MC930, Neumann KM185, and Lewitt LCT340
In order to get a great choir sound in modern worship, you need a microphone with exceptional isolation, great uniformity of the polar or pickup pattern across its frequency response, and to be able to preserve enough warmth to make voices sound natural, without feedback. And if you're a choir director, you know this is a tall order. There's always too much of something being picked up (besides the choir) - the drum kit, the orchestra, the bass amp, you name it. You just never have enough of the voices.
In early April, we were contacted by a church in Huntsville, AL with a little bit of a challenge. The choir director had read our article about the Heil PR30 and its effectiveness for choir use and wanted to put it up against some big names in the microphone business. Beyerdynamic (MC930), Neumann (KM185), and Lewitt (LCT340). We talked with him for a few minutes and decided that we were up for the challenge, albeit with a sliver of trepidation. I mean, all of those microphones cost at least double of the PR30. So we sent him four microphones to try, and waited for his report.
Here's what he said. (click the link below for the rest of the story - hint: it's what you think it is, but I'll let his words tell the story)
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Not necessarily as a result of the FCC-announced mandate to abandon the RF spectrum between 566-700MHz, Sennheiser has announced the Gear Up and Cash In summertime promo that offers up to a $500 per unit rebate with the trade-in of any manufacturer's wireless microphone system. Between June 1 and August 31, buy an Evolution 100 Series system and receive $100 per system, buy an Evolution 300 Series system and receive $150 per system. If you'd like to plan the purchase of Sennheiser 2000, 3000, 5000, or 9000 series, please call for more information. Those systems are not available online, and rebates of up to $500 per system are available.
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If you own a wireless microphone, you need to read this.
Last week, the FCC released the date and details of both the start of spectrum incentive auctions and changes to the RF spectrum that will remain available for wireless microphones.
With the ever-greater use of mobile broadband and the internet-of-things, the demand for RF bandwidth is immense, so television broadcasters are being asked to relocate and vacate, and secondary users like wireless microphones, wireless intercoms, and in-ear monitoring systems will be forced out, too.
The start of the auctions will be May 31, 2016. While details are not yet fully known, it appears that wireless microphone users will have 126MHz less RF spectrum available and that use of frequencies above 566MHz will become obsolete (and illegal) at some point.
When users will be required to vacate the use of frequencies above 566MHz is not yet known, but in previous announcements, the time period of 42 months has been mentioned. From this point forward, you will begin to see a transition to new technology, the reuse of the VHF spectrum and placement of microphones in the 900MHz and 2.4GHz portions of the RF spectrum.
The primary takeaway from this announcement is that you should avoid purchasing wireless systems with operating ranges between 566-700MHz, if you plan to use them for more than a few years.
If you have questions about how this impacts your set-up, or if we can help with planning during this time of transition, please be in touch. And of course, we will keep you informed as we learn more.
A projection screen to enhance the architecture, not hide It.
Da-Lite Wireline Advantage Screens
Wireline™ Advantage® Eliminates Black Drop and the Compromise.
When we're asked to install a traditional projection screen in a room with soaring ceilings, elaborate stone work, a cross, and/or other architectural elements, it's often a challenge to place the screen at the appropriate viewing height without covering something up. The way around getting the projection surface into the right location without having an exposed screen roller (or obscured aesthetic and design elements) requires what's called extra black drop. Black drop is essentially an extended fabric border (above the projection surface) that can be several feet tall. That extra fabric allows us to install the screen in such a way that roller itself is not seen, but adding the extra fabric usually requires some sort of visual sacrifice.
Having screens manufactured with extra black drop is a good solution in many cases, but the new Wireline Advantage from Da-Lite has changed the way we look at new projects. The Wireline Advantage uses thin steel cables up to 29 feet long, instead of black drop, to lower the screen surface to an appropriate viewing height, while hiding the roller enclosure. The result is a large display that is almost invisibly suspended at the right viewing height, leaving the architecture of the room right where you want it - in plain sight.
The Wireline Advantage is designed for larger venues, and is a unique solution that will allow you to appreciate both your technology and your architecture.
Please call us if you have questions about integrating the Wireline Advantage into your next project or upgrade.
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What others say
"We love the mic! It was a great fit for us." -- Greg Ferrara, Holy Trinity Church, GA
(on the Heil PR30 when used for children's choir)