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Doing it right.

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A few months ago, we got a call from a pastor about the sound quality in the main worship space.  He talked about uneven coverage, uneven sound pressure levels (volume), lots of low-midrange rumble at the podium and a general lack of audio fidelity.  He seemed like he was ready for a new sound system. 

We asked what he had installed now.  Bose 502A.  No problem there.  Was he using the system controller?  Yes.  How and where were they installed?  In a center cluster, about 5-6' directly above the podium microphone (see below).  Uh oh.  

Bose 502A

This is not how to do it.

Two things stuck out to us.  First, the center cluster was low.  Of course, the ceiling is low, too, so options were limited.

Low frequency pattern control is a big issue that most don't consider when it comes to a new system.  The short story is that...

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How many $100 bills can DPA send you?

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Would you like DPA to send you a Benjamin?  A Benjamin Franklin, that is.  And how many you'll receive is unlimited*.  Of course, there's an asterisk.   

If you knew what you were looking for, you'd realize that most of the headworn microphones that you see on broadcast television and in the largest churches in the country are DPA.  Of course there are other brands, but DPA has a pretty good hold on the higher end of the headworn world.  The d:fine sounds fabulous, it's extraordinarily lightweight and comfortable, and is available in both omnidirectional and cardioid versions, for use in just about any application.  The d:fine sounds like...well...you.  Very transparent, very smooth, very natural. 

And from now through early October 3, 2014, DPA wants you to buy d:fines from us -- as many as you can. 

* Here's how it works.  Buy a DPA d:fine from us, fill out this form, send the form with serial number (along with a new or used headset mic from the listed competitor's models below) for each new DPA d:fineā„¢ Headset Microphone you purchase.  DPA will send you a check for $100 per microphone.

To be eligible, the form, along with proof of purchase and trade-in mic need to be postmarked no later than October 31st, 2014. 

There is no limit to the number of rebates. Offer available for U.S. purchases only. See full terms and conditions here

Order online or get more information here

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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! 

   

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
 

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Also wanted to let you know that our first week with the new system was incredible!!!
People were really blessed, and were so blown away at the clarity of speech and audio overall in the entire space.

So thank you so much!!
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Phil Kosakowski
Director of Technical Arts