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It's what we do.

Welcome to Geartechs.com. We want to be your #1 source for pro audio, video, projection, and lighting equipment.

Our site offers the latest product reviews, how-to guides, news, and our blog to give you detailed insight and up-to-the-minute information that will help you discover exactly what you need.

   
Hand-picked Professional Audio Equipment.
Many dealers sell anything and everything. We sell what works. Get the right product every time at Geartechs.com.
   
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Need something new, but aren’t sure what? Do your research, ask a pro and buy the right equipment here.
   
Lighting & Musical Equipment
In addition to pro audio and video gear, we offer select lighting and musical products to enhance your worship experience.

The best way to connect your computer audio to your audio mixer.

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focusrite scarlett 2i2 rightI did it.  After too much messing around with cables and computer direct boxes of different types, I broke down and bought a USB audio interface for our church's presentation computer (ProPresenter, PowerPoint, etc.) in order to replace the PC direct box used to connect the unbalanced stereo audio signal from the computer's headphone output to the balanced input on the audio mixer. 

No matter what we did with the new all-in-one computer (one that someone else picked out), the self-noise at the headphone jack (its only analog audio output) was simply more than I could bear.  When playing music, the noise was not noticeable, but between songs (no matter the gain staging), anyone could hear just a bit of constant "hashy" noise, if they listened for it. 

Some people blame this type of noise on electrical grounding, some on radio frequency noise from spinning hard drives, some describe it as clock noise.  Whatever caused it in this case, it's not something that could be addressed by converting the unbalanced signal to a balanced line with a direct box, by proper system grounding, or by anything conventional, so I gave in and spent some of our fiercely-guarded budget money, and the noise is gone. 

There are lots of USB audio interfaces out there, but everywhere I look lately (even in places where we didn't sell them), we see the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 or other Focusrite variants.  The Scarlett 2i2 is a 2x2 USB audio interface that can be used to play back or to record audio.  In most cases, people buy USB interfaces in order to record, but in this application, stereo playback is what we're after.  And the Scarlett 2i2 does it really well. 

We use the 2i2 for our SMAART system analysis setups, for recording and for playback.  Focusrite interfaces are the perfect partner for Pro Tools, so Scarlett 2i2 comes with Pro Tools | First recording software, as well as Ableton Live Lite and a suite of software and samples so you can start recording straight away. As you’d expect, it works flawlessly with all major DAWs on Mac and PC.  It's a handy device, for sure.  And at $149.99, it may just be exactly what you need.

Get more information or order online here.  Or call us anytime. 

 

 

Save $50-600 each on Sennheiser wireless microphone systems

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Over the next few years, the FCC’s Incentive Auction will prohibit customers from operating wireless microphones in the 600 MHz frequency band. Your current wireless systems may be affected. If so - Sennheiser will help you trade in your old 600 MHz gear towards new wireless!

PROMOTIONAL PERIOD

Sennheiser’s 600 MHz program runs from June 14th, 2017 through December 31st, 2017.  Rebates range from $50-600 per unit with most at $100-150. 

STEP 1: Check if your current wireless will be affected

Wireless mics and monitoring systems are currently allowed to operate from 470 - 698 MHz. In the next few years, FCC will limit operation to 470 - 608 MHz. While the majority of wireless systems in use today will be unaffected, customers with systems that operate above 608 MHz will unfortunately need to discontinue use and migrate to new frequency ranges.  Anything in the 700MHz range is already obsolete as of year 2010. 

To check if your current wireless will be affected, look for a printed sticker on your equipment indicating its frequency range. On Sennheiser wireless, this information is printed on both transmitters and receivers and is often visible on the main display.

STEP 2: Purchase new wireless from us

Sennheiser offers a wide range of wireless mics and monitoring systems for any budget, which fully comply with current and future FCC rules and regulations. Choose from the following wireless series, in these recommended future-proof frequency ranges.

STEP 3: Trade-in your old 600 MHz wireless gear

When your new Sennheiser wireless systems arrive:

1. Make a copy of your dated sales receipt. Purchases must be made from June 14th-Dec 31st, 2017.
2. Cut the UPC codes off the sides of your new Sennheiser boxes (no photocopies accepted)
3. Complete the Trade-In form available at sennheiser.com/600-mhz-promo
4. Send your old wireless, sales receipt, UPC code and completed trade-in form to the address listed on the form. To be eligible, your traded wireless equipment must operate in the 600 MHz band. Any manufacturer, make or model will be accepted for trade-in rebate, provided it operates in 600 MHz.
5. That’s it! Please allow 6-8 weeks for your trade-in to be processed, and your check to be mailed.

   

Streaming to Facebook Live using the Roland VR-4HD

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How do I stream to Facebook Live?  That's a question that we get asked all of the time. 

This quick tutorial video and article teaches you about the four basic components, how to setup your encoding software and the optimum settings in Facebook in order to stream your live event to Facebook. The Roland VR-4HD AV Switcher allows you to connect computers, cameras, video sources, microphones, key-in titles, and add special effects to engage your audience and simplify your workflow for streaming to Facebook Live. Read this article and you will soon become an expert on streaming using the Roland VR-4HD.

We sell a lot of the VR-4HD mixers at $2795 and find that they are a great upgrade to video mixers sold just a few years ago for a lot more money.  The VR-4HD is an HD-compatible all-in-one audio/video mixer with USB 3.0 connectivity.  Click here for more information. 

Give us a call, if you have questions and if you'd like to order one today.

   

Need a huge screen for gym or auditorium use?

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Evenroll

When you want the protein and to skip the carbs, all you need is the meat and cheese, and not the whole sandwich, right?!  But when was the last time the restaurant let you order that way? 

You already know that a projection screen is better than a painted white wall for image quality, so you called only to find that a 24' wide electric screen costs about $9000. 

You need that screen, but don't know how $9000 is going to fit into your budget.   

Are you willing to do a little extra work in order to save some money?  I'll bet that you can guess that I'm going to tell you that you can order a projection screen without the "bun" and the extra trimmings. 

The Draper Evenroll Rope and Pulley Manual projection screen comes in large sizes from 168-288" wide and in 16:9, 4:3, square and 2.35:1 cinemascope formats. 

It's a simple system; you will have to raise and lower the screen with a marine-grade pulley system without the benefit of remote control, electricity and anything other than a little hand and arm strength.  The rope cable won't twist or bind, and you'll get the same Matt White projection surface found in many other Draper models.

The Evenroll Rope and Pulley manual screens start at about $2000 and top out at a 24x24' for just over $3000 -- less than one-third as much as a comparable electric screen.  If you'd like more information on the Evenroll manual screen, call us at (800) 747-7301.

 

   

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