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by Mike Sessler,

We all know what happens when we disconnect a signal line; the signal stops flowing. Unplug a mic and it doesn't work anymore. Unplug a speaker and it doesn't make sound. Unplug power from a board, and it just sits there. I don't think is coincidence that often the fix for a computer is to shut it down, or unplug and power it back up. Sometimes, you just have to shut it all down, clear our the registers and start fresh.

I think we all need a reboot once in a while, too. A few weeks ago, I had the chance to do just that.

Running Hard and Fast

As TDs I think most of us are pretty driven people. We like to work hard, and enjoy the challenges we are faced with. But sometimes, it can get to be too much and we need some down time. Down time can be a challenge, too, because we really don't know what to do with ourselves. My current job has me running pretty hard. I have installs and proposals stacked up like flights coming into LAX. It's exhilarating and exhausting at the same time.

When I was a TD, life was similar but different.

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Arcana - mysterious or specialized knowledge

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logo-2f1d736ffb892665e33365145c702fb4Have you noticed that the letter "L" appears in the model number of many Shure wireless microphones? In 1990, the Shure "L" series VHF wireless system was introduced. It was to have been named the "Liberty" series, however a legal search found that "Liberty" was already used as a pro audio product trademark. In a flash, "Liberty" was shortened to "L." Five years later, the "L" series was replaced by the "LX" series. "X" was added to "L" simply as a place-holder during the internal development and design stages. "LX" became so commonly used within Shure that the Marketing Department reluctantly decided to use it as the official series model number. This led to "SLX," "ULX," "ULX-D," "GLX-D," "BLX," and now "QLX-D."

…bLame it aLL on the trademark "statute of Liberty."


Three Keys for Building Design

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Editor's note: We can't stress enough that you read this article, read it again, and then promise to follow all of Mike's recommendations.  If you do so, you'll be ahead of 90% of churches out there.  One of my investment advisors rants that no one really wants to learn about investing, but that most people just want a quick-fix.  It's the same in the technical world.  There are no shortcuts when it comes to proper planning, equipment selection, and integration. 

by Mike Sessler,

Today I’d like to tackle a few suggestions that I always give to churches who are starting a building project. I always say the same thing, mainly because these are the areas I see churches skipping time after time. Skipping these things ensures two things: First, you and your congregation will not be happy with the performance of the sound, lighting and/or video in the room. Second, there will remain a healthy market for companies that specialize in fixing churches that were designed and built poorly.

With that said, here are three things you cannot skimp on when entering a building project.

Fix the Acoustics Before You Build

First, the overall acoustic signature of the room has to be correct. This is where most churches skimp out. They let the architect design the building; which is fine except I've yet to meet an architect who has any real clue how acoustics work. A few do, but they're the ones who design churches for a living and have acousticians on staff.

The problem is most architects want the room to look nice and be easy to build.

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Gurus of Tech Main Session Videos

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If you attended Gurus of Tech 2013 and want to watch again, or if you didn't get a chance to make it to Willow Creek in Chicago this year, here's your chance to check it out. 

View all five main sessions featuring Todd Elliott, Lincoln Brewster, Steve Carter, Andrew Stone, Whitney George, and Curtis Templeton!

Click this link to go there. 



Gurus of Tech 2013 Breakout Sessions

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On May 21-22, I made my first trek to the Gurus of Tech conference at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL.  Rumor has it that there were 1800 of us there for two days of learning, sharing, fellowship and worship. 

For those of you who are sorry that you didn't get to attend, now you can.  Well, almost.  Take a listen to topics like, "How Loud is Too Loud?", "Video Production with a DSLR", "Environmental Projection" and 26 more.  Click here to go there.  And after you're there, just click on the classroom name to stream. Or you can right click to save as an mp3 download. Enjoy!


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"We love the mic! It was a great fit for us." -- Greg Ferrara, Holy Trinity Church, GA

(on the Heil PR30 when used for children's choir)