Doing it right.
A few months ago, we got a call from a pastor about the sound quality in the main worship space. He talked about uneven coverage, uneven sound pressure levels (volume), lots of low-midrange rumble at the podium and a general lack of audio fidelity. He seemed like he was ready for a new sound system.
We asked what he had installed now. Bose 502A. No problem there. Was he using the system controller? Yes. How and where were they installed? In a center cluster, about 5-6' directly above the podium microphone (see below). Uh oh.
This is not how to do it.
Two things stuck out to us. First, the center cluster was low. Of course, the ceiling is low, too, so options were limited.
Low frequency pattern control is a big issue that most don't consider when it comes to a new system. The short story is that...
What are the differences between the Shure QLX-D and ULX-D?
We get this question a lot, and thankfully, we found some information from Shure that neatly summarizes the facts and confirms our suspicions about audio quality. The following article is a Tech Tep from the Shure Applications Engineering team.
Typical Applications for QLX-D - corporate events, live music, higher education campuses, houses of worship, hotels, conference centers. For a corporate installation, consider QLX-D if all the receivers are on the same floor and/or use the same Ethernet network. For live music, consider QLX-D for a small or medium-size concert hall.
Key Differences between QLX-D and ULX-D
In terms of audio quality, reliability, and RF performance, QLX-D and ULX-D are the same. The primary differences are network sophistication and RF flexibility.
Electro-Voice Roadshow 2014 - the place we found a new favorite
If you've followed what we've written for long enough, you've seen us switch gears and to offer new favorites of powered choir microphones, earset microphones, powered speakers, line arrays, video projectors and equipment in general. And we think that's okay. If we didn't have new favorites, that would mean that our suppliers were still turning out the same old stuff in new packages, and that's just not the case.
In September, we were invited by Electro-Voice to come out to one of its roadshows. Thankfully, it was here in Columbus, so we didn't have to travel very far, and they fed us lunch. That's always a plus.
For about two hours, we listened. We sat outside and got to hear most of the Electro-Voice product line at a full-sized outdoor stage. The picture above is not the Roadshow, but just a file photo.
At the Roadshow, we heard larger-format line arrays for festival-type use, line arrays for permanent installation right beside those larger arrays, new powered speakers on stands next to large-format conventional speakers with small format installation speakers close by, and more. Events like these are really rare, so we always try to get out to hear the lineup, especially when it's in a real-world setting.
All of it was pretty impressive, but one particular speaker group really stood out - the new ETX powered speaker family. Shown in the photo above.
We heard a 2-way 10". I like small loudspeakers, so I was immediately interested. One listener interrupted and asked "is the sub on?" It wasn't (we were all fooled). Amazing bass response. Then the demonstrator added the sub, switched it off and them fired up the 12", added the sub to that, fired up the 15", added the sub. Eventually, he moved to a 15" 3-way with two subs underneath. We heard $100,000 line arrays, we heard $500 smaller speakers, and people kept asking to listen to the ETX again. So we listened some more.
Midas M32 Digital Mixer - now available
A couple of months ago, the first Midas M32 landed at our facility for us to check out. For those of you who don't know, the M32 is the bigger brother the Behringer X32. After the X32 was released, I often commented that had the X32 been released as a Midas-branded console at $3999 or $4999, we would have sold even more of them. As it turns out, the $2799 Behringer X32 and the rest of its family have become far and away our biggest sellers in the digital console market.
So what's the big deal about the M32 and why now? As it turns out, the console designers felt like the X32 wasn't quite enough of a Midas to bear the name, so it kicked the game up a bit. In a nutshell, the M32 features Midas Pro Series faders and microphone preamps, along with 96k converters - all in a touring-grade aluminum chassis. What most of that means is a lower noise floor, even better sound quality and smoother faders - and more durable construction. Otherwise, the operatings systems are identical.
So if you can live with 40+8 channels in your primary auditorium, you can use the M32 there and any of the Behriger X32 family elsewhere and have all of your techs cross-trained to work in any venue.
We are not permitted to offer either the M32 or X32 family for sale online, but we do stock them, and are ready to help. We also offer a free console migration service with purchase (all purchases, anywhere in the country) and in-person training (free on site, if in the central Ohio area). With the console migration service, we'll set up your entire console for all mains and monitors, in-ears, channel type, basic dynamics (compression, gating, EQ), routing, digital snakes, etc. for either console.
The M32 is $4999 and the X32 is $2799. X32 Compact $1999. X32 Producer $1499. X32 Rack $1199. Please call if you have questions.
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By the way, the M-400 is stinkin' awesome! I always knew it could do this stuff, but I've never seen it in action. I set the loaner board up, stuck in my thumb drive, loaded my settings, and bam, there they were!
Every tweak, every name, every setting, all right there!
Just thought I'd share that with you!