How many $100 bills can DPA send you?
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:fine™ 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.
Arcana - mysterious or specialized knowledge
Have 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."
Presonus StudioLive Rebates - save $200-500
Which 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!
LiveMix - Personal Monitor System
Let's just call this a pre-review because we're pretty early in the acceptance cycle for LiveMix, but all looks pretty convincing that this is a personal monitoring solution that is both affordable and effective. As they say "Simple enough for volunteers, deep enough for professionals."
The system is available in two packages - one with analog inputs and one with Dante for digital. Both are $3999 for eight users with mixers, cables, a hub, mic stand mounts, and your choice of input device. Additional personal mixers (each accommodates two users) are just $524.99.
We were introduced to LiveMix by one of our larger church clients and also by a system integrator in the upper midwest. Take a look at the video below (it's well thought out and tells the story pretty convincingly), and if you'd like more info, give us a call at 800-747-7301. We'll have it up on the site for purchase soon.
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What others say
Had a chance to hook up and listen to the speakers last night. They sound phenomenal in the room and hopefully will sound every bit as good once we get them mounted.
Thank you so much for your help. Based on the sound and considering the price we paid, I feel like I stole something.