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EV LiveX vs. QSC K-Series Shootout

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by Mike Sessler, ChurchTechArts.org

Speaker shootout

Our setup for speaker testing


One of the most interesting (at least to me) announcements at NAMM was EV’s new line of self- and un-powered speakers, the LiveX. They were a direct shot at QSC’s K-Series, and come in at a compelling price point; roughly $200 a box less than a comparable K-speaker. Based on the demo we heard in their small demo room, I was very interested. This was a timely announcement as we are in the process of upgrading our PA in our student room. The existing JBL Eons are just not doing it, and it’s time to make a change. Though we were told the speakers were in stock and ready to ship, that turned out to be marketing-speak. It took a few months of wrangling, but the truck finally delivered two palates of speakers to my dock. It was an exciting day.

Since the K-series is sort of the new standard in this category, it seemed fitting to compare the LiveX to those.

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Rechargeable Batteries - The 1 Year Test

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by Mike Sessler, ChurchTechArts.org

Last year, I wrote a series on rechargeable batteries. I’ve long been a proponent of them, having started using them in wireless mics in 2006. In that series of posts, I did some pretty extensive testing to see exactly how long two modern, NiMh AA batteries would run a Shure UHF-R mic with an SM58 capsule on it (with music played through a wedge to simulate the mic processing audio). I compared the run time to a brand new Duracell ProCell (considered the standard for alkaline–aka disposable–batteries). I expected the NiMh batteries to hold their own against the ProCell, as I’ve had good experience with them for years. What I did not expect is for the ProCells to be completely trounced by the rechargeable cells.

In that test, the best NiMh cells ran for 14 hours before the mic switched off. The ProCell only managed 9.75 hours before going dead. So not only do rechargeable batteries save you a bunch of money, they also run longer than a ProCell (by over 4 hours!).

Faced with that clear and decisive victory, many people made the switch. However, some remained unconvinced. “Let’s see how they hold up in a year,” was a comment I heard often. So here we are, one year later. This time...

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CTA Classroom - Are You Suffering from ET?

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Transitions list in FCPSome time ago, I was trying to watch a show on the DIY network the other day about sustainable building practices. Those close to me know that I’m really into building. It’s been a hobby out of control for a long time, really, so I was very interested in the content of the program. However, I had to stop watching because I became so annoyed with the editor’s attempt to use every single transition his editing package came with (and perhaps a few third party ones…). Even my wife was irritated by it, which says a lot. Some of the transitions were really cool and had they been used sparingly, would have been great. The problem was, the transitions got in the way of the message. After 10 minute of yelling, “STOP!” I had to turn it off.

Back in the old days of editing (the real old days of cutting film with a razor and taping it together), cuts were pretty much all an editor had to work with. Even dissolves took a lot of work. This was fine however, because editors developed a language of editing in which cuts ruled and dissolves marked the transition from one scene to another (or a change of time)

Today, now that editing has become very easy and hundreds of transitions are just a mouse click away, many editors find themselves afflicted with ET—Excessive Transitionitis. Thankfully, there is a cure...

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Line 6 Wireless finds its way to American Idol

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For a few months, Blue Microphones has been working behind the scenes with Jimmy Iovine’s team at Interscope Records and Beats by Dre to create a world class microphone for on-stage use by the contestants of American Idol. Beginning with the performances of March 1, American Idol debuted this new wireless microphone custom-built specifically for this season’s performers. Combining the sonic detail, clarity, and unique head design of Blue’s enCORE 300, the style of Beats by Dre, and pioneering new digital wireless technology from Line 6, this innovation is rocking the American Idol stage! 

This custom wireless microphone system is not available for sale.  Check out the solid Line 6 lineup here.  It's as close as you can get.  In stock for immediate shipment!

Wireless mic custom-built for American Idol



   

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