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Hitachi Projectors - Get a FREE lamp with purchase!

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Looking for a reason to buy a new projector sooner than later?  We have one for you.  Between now and September 30, 2016, purchase any of the following projectors and receive a receive a complimentary replacement lamp.  Take a look here for more information on Hitachi projectors.  Make sure to call us for our best price on these machines, since we are very restricted on what we're allowed to advertise.  And don't forget that since we are part of the Hitachi Select Dealer program that you will also receive an extra year of warranty (total of four years) at no additional charge on select models.  Please call us with questions.   

Promotion Offer: Purchase qualifying products during the program dates and register your product by October 31, 2016 to receive a complimentary replacement lamp per model.

Qualifying Products:
CP-X8150, CP-X8160, CP-X8170, CP-X9110, CP-X9111, CP-WX8255, CP-WX8255A, CP-WX8265, CP-WX9210, CP-WX9211 CP-WU8450, CP-WU8460, CP-WU9100B, CP-WU9410, CP-WU9411, CP-WU13K

Certain restrictions apply. For complete details and official terms & conditions please go to click here.

 

Behringer X32 3.0 Firmware and Application Software Now Available

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X32 Firmware 3.0 Features New User Interface

BEHRINGER has released a much-anticipated X32 Firmware and Application Software Update V 3.0, consolidating the new versions of the X32-Edit (PC/Mac/Linux/RPi) and X32-Mix (iPad) remote control apps, bringing major performance enhancements to the X32 operating system.
Most notable are: the new Automixing option; support for the new X32-EDIT 3.0 remote control application; networked and MIDI remote control directly from X-TOUCH control surfaces; and output phase inversion on all outputs, Aux outs and Ultranet channels. Also included are X-Over filter options for the Main LR and Mono/Center bus EQs.

BEHRINGER X32 Auto mix

The automatic mixer algorithm, provides more gain to the main speaker, while other open mics are attenuated. The use of this Dugan-style gain sharing ensures a low background noise floor – without any gating/ducking artifacts.  

X32-Edit App

The new X32-Edit app features a redesigned and scalable user interface, optimized for touch-control; automixing; configurable fader layers; floating FX windows; and much more. The X32-Mix iPad app has also received an update to support Version 3.0 firmware.

X-Touch Integration

Complete integration of X-TOUCH controllers provides a new hardware control option for all X32 users, particularly suitable for X32-RACK and X32-CORE.
 
Constant Improvement

“We are constantly adding new features to the X32’s extremely stable eco-system, providing the best possible feature set and performance– the X32 just keeps getting better!” commented MUSIC Conception Senior Engineer Jan Duwe.
 
The free-of-charge X32 Firmware and Application Software Update V 3.0 is available for immediate download: Click here.

   

Choir mic shootout - Heil PR30 versus Beyerdynamic MC930, Neumann KM185, and Lewitt LCT340

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In order to get a great choir sound in modern worship, you need a microphone with exceptional isolation, great uniformity of the polar or pickup pattern across its frequency response, and to be able to preserve enough warmth to make voices sound natural, without feedback.  And if you're a choir director, you know this is a tall order. There's always too much of something being picked up (besides the choir) - the drum kit, the orchestra, the bass amp, you name it.  You just never have enough of the voices. 

In early April, we were contacted by a church in Huntsville, AL with a little bit of a challenge.  The choir director had read our article about the Heil PR30 and its effectiveness for choir use and wanted to put it up against some big names in the microphone business.  Beyerdynamic (MC930), Neumann (KM185), and Lewitt (LCT340).  We talked with him for a few minutes and decided that we were up for the challenge, albeit with a sliver of trepidation. I mean, all of those microphones cost at least double of the PR30.  So we sent him four microphones to try, and waited for his report. 

Here's what he said. (click the link below for the rest of the story - hint: it's what you think it is, but I'll let his words tell the story)

Read more: Choir mic shootout - Heil PR30 versus Beyerdynamic MC930, Neumann KM185, and Lewitt LCT340

   

If you own a wireless microphone, you need to read this.

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Last week, the FCC released the date and details of both the start of spectrum incentive auctions and changes to the RF spectrum that will remain available for wireless microphones.  

With the ever-greater use of mobile broadband and the internet-of-things, the demand for RF bandwidth is immense, so television broadcasters are being asked to relocate and vacate, and secondary users like wireless microphones, wireless intercoms, and in-ear monitoring systems will be forced out, too.  

The start of the auctions will be May 31, 2016.  While details are not yet fully known, it appears that wireless microphone users will have 126MHz less RF spectrum available and that use of frequencies above 566MHz will become obsolete (and illegal) at some point.  

When users will be required to vacate the use of frequencies above 566MHz is not yet known, but in previous announcements, the time period of 42 months has been mentioned.  From this point forward, you will begin to see a transition to new technology, the reuse of the VHF spectrum and placement of microphones in the 900MHz and 2.4GHz portions of the RF spectrum.  

The primary takeaway from this announcement is that you should avoid purchasing wireless systems with operating ranges between 566-700MHz, if you plan to use them for more than a few years.  

If you have questions about how this impacts your set-up, or if we can help with planning during this time of transition, please be in touch.  And of course, we will keep you informed as we learn more. 

   

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Dave,

All the shipments came yesterday! I just want to say how impressed I have been of your customer service. It has been great working with you and I plan to continue buying from you in the future and will recommend you to any church looking to buy equipment.

As always thanks for your time,

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