Do you really know how to use a vocal microphone?

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Audix has released the first in a series of three videos that showcase proper vocal microphone technique.  This video is a must-watch for members of your band or worship team, especially new members.  As you know, you can try to teach people about microphone technique yourself, or you have a video from an outside source say the exact same thing and they'll buy it -- hook, line and sinker. 

Please make use of this tool provided by Audix.


Better Drum Sounds - the kick

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The kick, or bass, drum is typically the foundation of most audio mixes when there's a drum set in the room. Spend a few minutes with Mike Snyder and Dean K. as they explore microphone technique for the kick drum. 

As they say, the Audix D6 sounds pretty darn good right out of the box.  It shouldn't need a lot of equalization or crazy engineer tricks.  And it's on just about everyone's "Top 3" list of kick drum microphones -- if it's not their favorite.  The D6 is $199.95 and it's available right away.  Call for more info, or click here to order online


Better Drum Sounds - the basics

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Chapter One in a series of videos on how to mic up drums using your Audix microphones featuring Mike Snyder, drum clinician and Dean K, Kink.FM audio engineer. This introductory chapter also features Mike Snyder's "Microphone Terminology 101"

If you have questions about how to get better drum sounds, or would like more information about Audix microphones, please give us a call at 800-747-7301. Keep an eye of for the next episode of How to Mic Up Your Drums in just a few days.


To Upgrade Or Not?

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To Upgrade Or Not?

by Mike Sessler,

A few months ago, Outreach Magazine asked me to come up with a few questions they could pose in a short article called, Should We Go For It?. Being the over-achiever that I am, I wrote 850 words. When the article came out, they published about 60 of them. Since I thought this was actually a pretty good article, I'm publishing it here, with the lesson learned (when someone asks for a few questions, write a few questions). The good news is that you—the reader of this blog—get the whole article...

Whenever making new technology purchases or technology upgrades, it's important to think through the reasoning behind them as well as the actual purchase/upgrade process. Here are five things to think about when evaluating technology.

Does the technology further or enhance our mission as a church?

In other words, what do you feel you can't do now (or aren't doing well) that is critical to your churches specific mission? Of course, this presupposes you are really clear on the mission of your church, but that's another article. Too many churches want a piece of technology because...

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CTA Classroom - Using a Click

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by Mike Sessler,

A lot of worship bands want to play to a click track, a metronome that keeps everyone on time. There are quite a few companies (Boss, Korg, Yamaha) who make small, portable metronomes, and most have an 1/8” headphone or even a 1/4” headphone jack on them.

I’m not going to debate the use of a click and what it does or doesn’t do for the music; that’s another debate for another article. At this point, all I’m assuming is that the band wants to use a click and you as the audio engineer has to figure out how to make it work. There are several scenarios to consider, and I’ll try to come up with as many as I can.

Basic Configuration

First, you need to find a metronome (hereafter called a click because it’s faster to type…) with a headphone or line out. Take that output and route it into a DI. We have a cheap DI that’s designed to take a 1/4” stereo (TRS) source and turn it into two XLRs. Someone replaced the 1/4” with a 1/8” plug and we use that to get the click into the system. While you could buy a really expensive Radial DI for this purpose, it’s a click, so a cheap one will do fine. Set up gain for a solid, but not slamming level and you’re good to go. I use mono for the click; I’m not convinced stereo is worth the channel count.

Once in the system, you have to be very intentional about how you route it. Most mixers allow you to assign a channel to either a group or the L&R bus. With the click, you want to leave it unassigned. This is really important as you don’t want the click coming through the mains.

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