FCC Auction - more news on wireless microphones of the future.
The FCC has just completed another round of auctions, selling off more of the wireless spectrum that we use for wireless microphones. The short story is that your wireless microphones that operate between 617-698MHz will be phased out at some point starting after 39 months from today. And you will have to replace them.
In 2010, we went through this with you and our goal is to keep you as prepared as possible for what comes next. So here is some news from the Shure website, with a closing paragraph from us.
January-February 2017 -- Forward Auction Stage 4 - Wireless telecom companies bid on the spectrum. Stage 4 of the forward auction has raised enough money to meet the minimum requirements to be declared successful. Thus, we now know that 84 MHz, from 614 MHz through 698 MHz, of spectrum will be reallocated. Stage 4 of the forward auction raised $19.63 billion.
How will the Auction affect my wireless systems?
This never happens - Bose F1 and L1 - 15% off.
Twice a year, Bose allows us to offer the F1 and L1 series speakers at 10% off normal prices. Now through March 31, save 15%. A 15% discount (or more) on Bose F1 and L1 series has never happened before, and no one can say whether it will happen again.
This may not sound like a big deal, but Bose actually tells its dealers what it can charge for these products. We "acquiesce" in order to be permitted to sell the product at all.
Take this opportunity to save over $720 on a package of 2 each F1 812 and F1 Subwoofer powered speakers. The system of two F1 812 powered and two F1 Subwoofer are the perfect portable system - lightweight, big sound and easy changes to vertical coverage for use in different rooms.
Save $150 on an L1 Compact, the speaker that I use at my own church for smaller indoor and outdoor events. Save $75 on T1 Tonematch Mixer. Save up to $400 on these popular L1 speaker systems. And save 15% on the rest of the L1 line. Call 800-747-7301 for more info and pricing on specific models.
For more details on the Bose F1, click here.
The making of a microphone - a video.
We use microphones, we sell microphones, we recommend microphones. I tend to forget all that goes into the making of a good microphone.
This video blew me away. It reminded me that we all have a God-given creative nature that expresses itself in many different ways from music, to engineering, to machinery, and marketing. People design and make the tools we use. Enjoy!
by Gary Williams
With the expanding use of DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software to enhance live worship, whether self-produced or purchased from a third party such as Loop Community and other providers, we see an increasing need for tools that speed up your workflow.
The Behringer X-Touch is both a highly visual, intuitive, surface controller with 100mm moving faders, and also serves as a remote surface for any Behringer digital mixer up to and including the popular X32.
Here's how I use mine:
Home Studio aka as "The Living Room" (No, I'm not married.)
The X-Touch gives me complete control of Logic X running on a Mac. It performs all the critical, repetitive functions quickly without having to navigate a mouse around a large screen. More detailed functions like EQ adjustment, and fine tuning effects can be performed on the X-Touch, but I still prefer to drag EQ filters with a mouse and to manage plug-ins directly on-screen, although it's nice to know that I can make a quick adjustment on the controller with its function and value labeled on the backlit scribble strip.
If you're like me, one of your favorite things to do is memorize complicated keyboard shortcuts. Well, maybe not. Thankfully, the team at Behringer gives us clearly labeled buttons and knobs for all of the fixed functions, and backlit labels that change according to the function. This makes the X-Touch easy to navigate at a glance.
I also appreciate the large transport control buttons and jog wheel. In a short amount of time, I found that I didn't even need to look at the X-Touch. My fingers find those buttons on their own.
The jog wheel makes it simple to put my playhead right where I want it, alleviating one of the frustrations of every DAW I've ever used. On-screen timeline rulers are small and require precise mouse movement. For the number of times each session that I have to grab that mouse, the time savings add up quickly.
The biggest time saver for me is the ability to mix down multiple tracks at once. Even with some purchased tracks, certain sounds and parts cut through the mix better in different environments and within different sections of a song.
If you create your own loops or tracks, this is even more critical.
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What others say
The new mic worked great this weekend.
Tom Robinson, Technical Ministries
Christ UM Church