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Presonus StudioLive Rebates - save $200-500

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SL-AI-Rebate 300x250 6-25-14 jn01Which digital mixer to recommend is a hot topic of discussion around the office. 

Thankfully, there is no way to be right in a definitive sense, since the use of audio gear is at least somewhat subjective.  We're allowed to have preferences and biases, and habits, and it's okay.  So which digital mixer is best for you? 

That's more of a question than this article is equipped to answer, but since Presonus is offering $200-500 savings through the end of August, we thought that you'd like to know what we like about it. 

One of our guys uses a StudioLive 24.4.2 weekly at church and one uses a Behringer X32.  Let's talk about Presonus for now. 

An advantage to the Presonus is that it operates in one layer.  There are not multiple banks of faders with each serving difference purposes.  In this regard, #1 fader is the #1 fader is the #1 fader.  It's not the pastor's fader on one layer, the bass drum on another, the main output level control for a monitor mix on a third, and you get my drift.  Layers allow a console to have more function in less space, but mixing in layers or banks can be confusing.  Anyone who has ever mixed on a console with layers has adjusted something that he or she didn't intend to adjust.  We like the simplicity of the Presonus StudioLive for that reason.  One fader per input - period. 

Add to that the ability to set up each channel for two purposes.  On setting "A", microphone #1 can be the announcement microphone, and on setting "B", microphone #1 can be used by a a solo vocalist with a different equalization, and control. That might offer some level of additional complexity, but allowing the sound tech to push a simple A/B switch to go from announcements to a vocalist is a feature that we like. 

The Presonus StudioLive also offers a suite a SMAART sound system optimization tools, feedback control, iPad and iPhone control, one-click multi-track recording, and integration with Nimbit to instantly upload sermons for immediate distribution on your church's free Nimbit store. 

For mixing, recording, and producing your weekend services and events, the Presonus StudioLive is a powerful, straightforward tool for the job. Please call us for more information and questions, or click here. And save up to $500 through the end of August 2014! 

 

LiveMix - Personal Monitor System

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Let's just call this a pre-review because we're pretty early in the acceptance cycle for LiveMix, but all looks pretty convincing that this is a personal monitoring solution that is both affordable and effective.  As they say "Simple enough for volunteers, deep enough for professionals." 

The system is available in two packages - one with analog inputs and one with Dante for digital.  Both are $3999 for eight users with mixers, cables, a hub, mic stand mounts, and your choice of input device.  Additional personal mixers (each accommodates two users) are just $524.99. 

We were introduced to LiveMix by one of our larger church clients and also by a system integrator in the upper midwest.  Take a look at the video below (it's well thought out and tells the story pretty convincingly), and if you'd like more info, give us a call at 800-747-7301.  We'll have it up on the site for purchase soon. 

 

   

Behringer - in stock, X32 Compact, X32, and S16 snakes!

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We have them - all in stock, for sale, new in the box, and at the same price as the big stores that are allowed to sell them online. 

Virtually all authorized Behringer dealers are prohibited to feature Behringer products on their websites, let alone to offer you the option to "Buy it Now" or to "Add to Cart".

Right now, we have the brand new X32 Rack, the X32 Compact, the X32 Producer, the X32, and the S16 snakes in stock for immediate shipment, but you have to call us to place your order. 

As a bonus, we'll even set your console up with our free migration service.  Buy any X32 (with or without S16 snake modules) and we'll set up your console for you and give you two hours of one-on-one tech support (on site if in the Columbus, Ohio area) free. 

We think that's service that you'll like (and it's way beyond what other dealers offer); just send us your input list and we'll get started.  And our prices are the same as the other guys.  We just can't tell you what those prices are, unless you call.  So call (800) 747-7301.  We'll both be glad you did!

   

Think Different

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by Mike Sessler, ChurchTechArts.org

From what I can gather, one of the traits of most successful people is the ability to try new things. Ability may be the wrong word—we all have the ability to try new things. Perhaps the word I’m looking for is desire. I love to try new things. I’m always on the lookout for some new technology, process, idea, whatever. Along the way, I’ve made some fantastic discoveries.

Sadly, I have also had many conversations that go somewhat like this.

Other Person: So, what kind of PA are you putting in your room?

Me: Bose RoomMatch. We’re pretty excited about it.

OP: Oh, I would never mix on one of those. Terrible.

Me: Really? Have you ever mixed on it?

OP: No.

Me: Have you ever heard it?

OP: No.

Me: Have you even looked into the technology behind it?

OP: No. Bose=bad. That’s all I know.

Usually, all I can say at that point is, “Huh.” Now, we all have our biases. We all have things we know that we generally like. Given the choice, I’d probably choose a Heil mic over another most of the time. But if someone shows up with a new mic I’ve not used before, I’ll give it a shot. In fact, that’s how I discovered Heil. I had never heard of them five years ago, but someone showed up with a box full, and we gave them a try.

Try New Things

Alton Brown used to say, “Play with your food!” I tend to agree. Try new things. You never know what’s going to happen. Just because you’ve been doing something the same way for the last 10 years doesn’t mean it’s the best way. Talk to someone else and see if you can learn something from them.

I’m convinced that one of the reasons our stage is so efficient is because I’ve stolen ideas from a lot of smart people over the last 10 years. Every time I visit a church or talk with another TD, I try to pick out something that I can learn from them. It’s amazing how much you will know if you just talk with other people.

Take Ideas From Unexpected Sources
 

Read more: Think Different

   

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