CTA Classroom - The Soundcheck
by Mike Sessler, ChurchTechArts.org
Soundcheck time can be one of the most productive times of the weekend from an audio standpoint. It can also be one of the most frustrating. I have seen a soundcheck turn normally mild-mannered and reserved musicians and engineers into angry combatants. My brothers, this should not be. Soundcheck can be very efficient, productive and dare I say fun; but we have to do a little work first. Because there are so many different ways to do a soundcheck (and so many different church situations), I’m not going to prescribe one “perfect” way. What I want to do instead is offer a series of suggestions that hopefully apply to all situations, and you can create your own plan. Sound good? Here we go…
Heil RC Capsules Catching On
The Heil RC 35 and 22 wireless capsules have become a fantastic solution to improving existing screw-on wireless handheld transmitters. Country superstars Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood were among the first to jump in. Up and coming country star Easton Corbin just took delivery of an RC 35. Myles Kennedy, with Slash's band, just ordered two. Big Time Rush (those of you with kids will know the group) took four RC's on a promotional tour of Europe. Stone Temple Pilots, Paul Rodgers, Third Eye Blind and the Palm Springs Follies are all using RCs on their wireless rigs.
On a related note, the Line 6 XD V70 accepts both the RC35 and the RC 22 capsules. Hot rod your XD-V70 with an RC35 or RC22. We have Line 6 XD-V70 handheld systems and Heil RC capsules in stock. Order online or call today!
Sanyo PLC-WK2500 - Wide-format projection, under $800.
My job is pretty cool. I get to work with new gear, I get to help you find solutions, and I usually get paid to do it, so thank you!
For the past couple years, I've been waiting for a wide-format projector for small venues - one that's affordable. As you know, television is wide format, computers are wide format, but many projectors are standard 4:3, and there's still a good reason to stay there, instead of changing out your switcher and your screens. However if you're just starting out, here's at least one very compelling option for a new wide-format projector.
The Sanyo PLC-WK2500 is Sanyo's newest ultraportable wide-format projector. At 2500 ANSI lumens and with a 3000:1 contrast ratio, you'll find it to be extraordinarily effective for screen sizes of about 5x8' and smaller, with lights on. The PLC-WK2500 features WXGA (1280x800) resolution. That's a 16:10 wide format image. DVD and video is typically 16:9, so that content will display at full width.
Last July, we featured an article entitled "Go Widescreen" and it explains some of the visual benefits to wide-format projection. At the time, I'll bet that we didn't have a wide-format machine under $1200 or so, but this one is under $800 and it works really well. The PLC-WK2500 doesn't have a wireless network interface, but it has great video performance for smaller auditoriums, boardrooms and classrooms. Chief makes a mounting kit for it, so getting it up in the air is a breeze, and it uses standard analog video interfaces via VGA, component, composite or s-video. Some of those require an adapter cable.
I almost forgot, if you are in a boardroom or small classroom, you might not need a PA system. The WK2500 has a microphone input and a 10W amplifier with speaker. That's just a bonus.
All in all, if you're looking for a wide-format projector at a reasonable price, you've found it. Sanyo PLC-WK2500 $795.95.
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What others say
I have used the PR30 for the choir, and they were probably the best mics I've ever used.