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Technology for Worship:

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.
   
Professional Video & Projection Equipment
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.

Living as One Multisite Platform - the new standard in live event video delivery

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Have you ever wondered how to extend live video to other sites at a viewable size larger than a desktop computer or a mobile device? The Living as One Multisite Platform was designed from the ground up to do just that -- to deliver audio and video to remote locations with unprecedented reliability, quality, and simplicity. And it uses the public internet. LAO can also stream to in-house venues on your network while reaching out to campus sites via the public internet. 

The platform uses a new patented method of streaming which ensures zero content loss throughout the entire transmission path, even in the case of a complete internet outage! This means that you'll enjoy a stress-free playback experience which is high quality, interruption-free, and much more affordable than other similar solutions.

Before joining the Multisite Platform, many of Living As One’s customers were frustrated with interruptions they experienced during live video playback. Even though those churches chose expensive equipment and fast internet connections, the products they were using were not designed to account for the unpredictable nature of the internet which results in buffering video and even complete blackouts. That tension is not good for anyone - tech teams, campus pastors or your guests. 

Over 70 churches have joined onto the platform in the past year of offering the solution to the public.  Read what some of them have to say.

Read more: Living as One Multisite Platform - the new standard in live event video delivery

 

The Right Color Balance for Ambient Light Rejecting Screens

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Proper color display plays a vital role in the successful implemenation of projectors and screens in spaces with high amounts of ambient light, so don’t sacrifice color accuracy when it comes to ambient light rejecting (ALR) projection screens.

Many ALR projection screens on the market today play with color balance in order to keep as much light as possible away from the eyes of the viewer. This creates an image that doesn’t look quite right, although it’s hard to say why, at least until you do a side-by-side comparison with a screen that is reflecting colors accurately. Then you notice how blue the typical ALR screen image is. 

People depend on correct colors not only to visualize, but also to understand. Our ability to see in color allows us to sense emotion or to see health on the skin of others. Getting the wrong color signal might lead us to misread an enemy’s intentions or to be exposed to unwanted illness. Color balance can even mean the difference between right or wrong diagnoses using a microscope in the lab.

In nature, showing off the correct color warns possible predators that a South American arrow poison frog isn’t a good idea for dinner. Being the right color to blend in with tree branches gets the mantis its insect meals. And if a male peacock’s tail feathers are bright and colorful, females know he’s healthy.

Draper was the first screen manufacturer to make ALR screens that are certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) for color accuracy. All of its ALR screens have this certification, which means they have no impact on the image color.

When used in conjunction with an ISF-certified (or correctly calibrated) projector, the colors you see appear as they are meant to be, so you can have confidence that no matter how critical the situation, there won’t be any mistakes due to bad color balance.

If you'd like more information on ALR screens and have questions about your projection environment, please call us at 800-747-7301. 

   

STILL CAPTURE & PNP SIZE IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR ROLAND V-1SDI AND VR-4HD SWITCHERS

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Good news!  Roland has released free firmware and software upgrades for the V-1SDI 3G SDI Video Switcher and the Roland VR-4HD all-in-one streaming switcher.

The new 1.5 firmware updates supports capturing a still image from the V-1SDI & VR-4HD RCS software for Windows or Mac, plus support for 1/3 size PinP window in addition to the 1/2 and 1/4 sizes currently available.

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The combination of the new RCS Software and Firmware updates adds powerful titling creation, image capture, and keying capabilities for live production. The new RCS Software 1.5 for Win/Mac features new titling creation function with graphic import, sizing, and text generation that can be created on a keyed background color and then exported to V-1SDI or VR-4HD running version 1.5 firmware. The image, graphic or combination is then captured in the newly added STILL function in the switcher.  Keep in mind that it stores it in volatile memory so be sure to save your graphic/image/text content in the RSC software so you can reload it from the RCS Software when you boot up the switcher. Once it is loaded in the switchers you can unplug the USB cable so it doesn’t have to be connected during operation.

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The best $100 investment you can make in your sound system for this weekend

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On Friday, we sent you an email that talked briefly about how the earset microphone changed the audio world for the better. Today, we'd like to answer some questions and follow up on that message.

About five years ago we wrote an article calling the earset microphone (originally released by Countryman Associates in about 2001) one of the "three best things that you can do for your sound system". And over the last few years, we've been affirmed over and over by others in national media who agree.

Why is the earset microphone significant and and why do you need one? And even if you already have one, what makes it so effective?

Here's a simple test. Next time you are using a lapel microphone or an earset microphone, move the microphone capsule itself from wherever you have it (corner of mouth or shirt) to the other (shirt or corner of mouth) while continuing to talk and see what happens.

When you move a lapel microphone to the corner of the mouth from the shirt without changing gain, the acoustical volume that you hear gets much louder (about twice as loud), and when you move the earset away from the mouth to the center of your chest, the opposite happens (the volume drops by about half).

That close microphone position is a sound technician's friend. The quality of sound is much more consistent from an earset than from a lapel since the microphone follows the wearer and maintains a distance from the mouth that does not change. And that position requires much less gain to achieve the same acoustical volume so the system remains more stable.

Today, we'd like to remind you that Point Source Audio makes the benefits of earset microphones available starting at $99.95 (up to $449). Point Source makes its microphones compatible with Shure, Audio-Technica, Sennheiser, AKG, MiPro, Telex, Shure, Line 6, JTS and a few others.

So if you're tired of inconsistent performance from your lapel microphone or just need to freshen up what you have, let us know. There's still time before this weekend to get what you need.

Some of the step-up options options offer unbreakable, flexible booms, secure dual-ear mounting and a waterproof assembly. Get more information on the Point Source Audio CO Series earsets here. And please call us if you need more information or have questions.

   

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