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Good news!  Roland has released free firmware and software upgrades for the V-1SDI 3G SDI Video Switcher and the Roland VR-4HD all-in-one streaming switcher.

The new 1.5 firmware updates supports capturing a still image from the V-1SDI & VR-4HD RCS software for Windows or Mac, plus support for 1/3 size PinP window in addition to the 1/2 and 1/4 sizes currently available.

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The combination of the new RCS Software and Firmware updates adds powerful titling creation, image capture, and keying capabilities for live production. The new RCS Software 1.5 for Win/Mac features new titling creation function with graphic import, sizing, and text generation that can be created on a keyed background color and then exported to V-1SDI or VR-4HD running version 1.5 firmware. The image, graphic or combination is then captured in the newly added STILL function in the switcher.  Keep in mind that it stores it in volatile memory so be sure to save your graphic/image/text content in the RSC software so you can reload it from the RCS Software when you boot up the switcher. Once it is loaded in the switchers you can unplug the USB cable so it doesn’t have to be connected during operation.

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Save 100% on a digital snake now through June 30th

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US Promo GLD Home Page June30 17

We've grown to expect more of a good thing, so we were not surprised to find out today that the Allen & Heath BOGO promotion had been extended through June 30, 2017! 

This is a pretty simple deal on a new digital console.  Buy an Allen & Heath GLD-80 or GLD-112 Chrome Edition and get one AR2-2412 digital snake module FREE with the purchase.  

That’s a $1249 selling price item that's free with purchase ($1999 MSRP).  So now's the time!

Click here for more info on the GLD-80 and here for more information on the GLD-112. The GLD-80 and GLD-112 Chrome Edition are capable of mixing up to 48 channels of audio, plus 8 stereo RackFX channels.  

Download the rebate coupon here


Shure - Frequency Bands Discontinuation

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Effective immediately, Shure is discontinuing wireless components operating in the frequency range affected by the latest round of the FCC Spectrum Auction (614-698 MHz). Systems and components are no longer available for ordering in the frequency bands listed below.

ULX-D® and QLX-D® Digital Wireless
J50 (572-636 MHz)
L50 (632-698 MHz)d166df02 e794 43e7 8b52 42787cf3083d

UHF-R® Wireless
J5 (578-638 MHz)

Axient® Wireless
J5 (578-638 MHz)
L3 (638-698 MHz)

PSM®1000 Personal Monitors
J8 (554-626 MHz)
L8 (626-698 MHz)

Please visit the Shure Incentive Auction Resource Center for the latest news about the Auction and updates from Shure.


FCC Auction - more news on wireless microphones of the future.

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The FCC has just completed another round of auctions, selling off more of the wireless spectrum that we use for wireless microphones.  The short story is that your wireless microphones that operate between 617-698MHz will be phased out at some point starting after 39 months from today. And you will have to replace them. 

In 2010, we went through this with you and our goal is to keep you as prepared as possible for what comes next.  So here is some news from the Shure website, with a closing paragraph from us. 


January-February 2017 -- Forward Auction Stage 4 - Wireless telecom companies bid on the spectrum. Stage 4 of the forward auction has raised enough money to meet the minimum requirements to be declared successful. Thus, we now know that 84 MHz, from 614 MHz through 698 MHz, of spectrum will be reallocated.  Stage 4 of the forward auction raised $19.63 billion.

How will the Auction affect my wireless systems?

Read more: FCC Auction - more news on wireless microphones of the future.


The making of a microphone - a video.

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We use microphones, we sell microphones, we recommend microphones. I tend to forget all that goes into the making of a good microphone.

This video blew me away. It reminded me that we all have a God-given creative nature that expresses itself in many different ways from music, to engineering, to machinery, and marketing. People design and make the tools we use.  Enjoy! 

Audix D6 (and other Audix microphones) - Made in the USA, by people.  All of that for just $199.  What a bargain!


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