Product Reviews

EV LiveX vs. QSC K-Series Shootout

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by Mike Sessler,

Speaker shootout

Our setup for speaker testing

One of the most interesting (at least to me) announcements at NAMM was EV’s new line of self- and un-powered speakers, the LiveX. They were a direct shot at QSC’s K-Series, and come in at a compelling price point; roughly $200 a box less than a comparable K-speaker. Based on the demo we heard in their small demo room, I was very interested. This was a timely announcement as we are in the process of upgrading our PA in our student room. The existing JBL Eons are just not doing it, and it’s time to make a change. Though we were told the speakers were in stock and ready to ship, that turned out to be marketing-speak. It took a few months of wrangling, but the truck finally delivered two palates of speakers to my dock. It was an exciting day.

Since the K-series is sort of the new standard in this category, it seemed fitting to compare the LiveX to those.

Read more: EV LiveX vs. QSC K-Series Shootout


Control StudioLive mixers with multiple iPads!

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With their new free iPad app, "front of house" can be anywhere in your church!  Up to 10 praise band musicians can control their own monitor mixes.  

Introducing StudioLive Remote, the free iPad app that works with any PreSonus digital mixer.  It gives you hands-on control of channel levels, mutes, panning, EQ and more for multiple channels at once.  Click for a closeup Fat Channel view.  Tweak monitor mix levels, panning and processing.  Adjust the graphic EQ's, well...graphically.  

Combine Studio Live Remote with Capture (2-click multitrack recording program), VSL, plus Studio One artist DAW, and your church has the most versatile, affordable live mixing/recording solution ever.  

Get the whole story here. 

And then get a StudioLive.  We've got them in stock for immediate shipment!

Imagine allowing your sound technicians and your individual musicians to have control of your StudioLive anywhere in the room. Think of it as a "free" personal monitor mixer with no wires required. 


What's an Underhead Drum Microphone?

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An overhead drum microphone?  Sure.  Ever heard of an "underhead" microphone?  From what some would tell, Bob Workman (the Front of House engineer for Charlie Daniels) invented the concept.  

For visual reasons, people have tried to pick up cymbal sounds for years from below the cymbals themselves, but the technique never worked well since most microphones don't have good rear and side rejection.  In short, most microphones, if placed in the underhead position pick up the toms, and too much of the rest of the drum kit. 

The Heil PR 31 BW came as a result of a suggestion from Bob Workman. Bob uses the Heil PR30 for for many applications, but found it too long, so Bob Workman asked Bob Heil whether he could cut one in half.  Bob Heil said yes, and from that discussion, the PR 31 BW was born - a 4" PR 30.  Both the PR30 and PR31 BW feature 40 dB of rear and side rejection, so you hear only what the microphone is pointed toward and not what's behind or around it.  That creates better isolation, more gain before feedback and a tighter mix.  

I haven't tried the PR31 BW for choir yet, but I think that it could make a wonderful choir microphone.  It's only 4" in length, so it would be less conspicuous than the PR30 which works really well for choir.

Flip the PR31 BW over and by using a right angle connector and the HH-1 rim mount, the PR 31BW is the perfect low profile answer for toms, too. Like the PR30, the PR 31BW is fabulous in front of a guitar cabinet, horns and saxophones, inside a Leslie speaker and I've heard rumor of acoustic piano.  I haven't tried that yet either. 

The Heil PR31 BW is a heck of an all-purpose mic.  If you think that it might be for you, let us know.  We'd be glad to have you try it to see what you think.  Heil PR31 BW is $270.00.  Click here to order yours right now.  


Heil RC35 - read about another very satisfied user

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Heil RC35 Replacement Microphone Capsule for Shure and Line 6 Wireless Systems

We have to admit that this isn't a full-blown techie-type review, but it's one heck of an enthusiastic thumbs-up from a real-world, every week fan of the Heil RC35


Hey Dave!

I Love IT! I’ve even gotten compliments on how my voice sounds so good lately, seriously! It gave my voice a whole new dimension that I’ve been dying to have!

So thank you for noticing that I have a bright voice ;) 

Its awesome! 

I’m gonna try to catch some of the CMA’s tonight (to hear Carrie Underwood on her RC35) but I have services til 8, so we’ll see.

Thanks Dave, awesome doing ministry with you!"  -Tara


Editors note:  Tara has a magnificent, strong voice, and the standard capsule on her wireless microphone just couldn't keep up when she really sang with emotion.  The improvement in performance was immediately obvious.  I heard it myself.  If you'd like to check out the Heil RC35 for yourself, please give us a call at 800-747-7301. 


Tech 21 Sans Amp Character Series VT Bass - Great Tone, No Amp Required

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The Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series VT Bass

by Jacob Roberts

There are many good sounding bass amps out there, and I've had a couple nice ones of my own (Ashdown, Ampeg, Eden to be specific). However, when recording I have rarely used a bass amp and as a result end up getting a very clean but fairly sterile sound. I know many friends that like to plug direct into the DI when playing live and also end up with very little "character" in their tone.

I guess using the word "character" is a good segue into the Character Series from Tech 21. I came across the VT Bass pedal and was originally drawn to the cosmetic of the box. It looked like an SVT grill, which I thought was cool, so I tried it.

I could go on and on but let me just say that I have never encountered a pedal (or amp that wasn't filled with tubes and weighed a hundred pounds) that gave me that "dynamic grit" when I played it. By "dynamic grit" I mean that when you dig into the string you get a response that has power, meaning and yes... Character.

I have turned a few friends onto this pedal and they all use it as a direct preamp. I do this as well when recording and in live situations use it as the front end going into my Ashdown MAG300. It has become an integral part of my bass rig.

And if you need more information or desire to add one of the VT Bass pedals to your rig, please call 800-747-7301 or visit our online store now.


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What others say

Thanks for the great job you all have done!  Thanks for suggesting and sticking with the digital board. The benefits are awesome.

We are so pleased with having great sound, lighting tech...etc in the building.  I have been in many new churches where the sound is squeaking, squawking etc. and it ruins the services.  We have had few to no glitches. There are still many things that I would like to do.

By the way the remote clicker for the Power Point worked great, reached from the platform to the back of the room.

I am looking forward to continuing a working relationship and a growing friendship.

Pastor Steve Hubbard
Ebenezer Baptist Church