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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.
   
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.

FCC Auction - more news on wireless microphones of the future.

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The FCC has just completed another round of auctions, selling off more of the wireless spectrum that we use for wireless microphones.  The short story is that your wireless microphones that operate between 617-698MHz will be phased out at some point starting after 39 months from today. And you will have to replace them. 

In 2010, we went through this with you and our goal is to keep you as prepared as possible for what comes next.  So here is some news from the Shure website, with a closing paragraph from us. 

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January-February 2017 -- Forward Auction Stage 4 - Wireless telecom companies bid on the spectrum. Stage 4 of the forward auction has raised enough money to meet the minimum requirements to be declared successful. Thus, we now know that 84 MHz, from 614 MHz through 698 MHz, of spectrum will be reallocated.  Stage 4 of the forward auction raised $19.63 billion.

How will the Auction affect my wireless systems?

Read more: FCC Auction - more news on wireless microphones of the future.

 

The making of a microphone - a video.

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We use microphones, we sell microphones, we recommend microphones. I tend to forget all that goes into the making of a good microphone.

This video blew me away. It reminded me that we all have a God-given creative nature that expresses itself in many different ways from music, to engineering, to machinery, and marketing. People design and make the tools we use.  Enjoy! 

Audix D6 (and other Audix microphones) - Made in the USA, by people.  All of that for just $199.  What a bargain!

   

Behringer X-Touch

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by Gary Williams

With the expanding use of DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software to enhance live worship, whether self-produced or purchased from a third party such as Loop Community and other providers, we see an increasing need for tools that speed up your workflow.

The Behringer X-Touch is both a highly visual, intuitive, surface controller with 100mm moving faders, and also serves as a remote surface for any Behringer digital mixer up to and including the popular X32.

Here's how I use mine:

Home Studio aka as "The Living Room" (No, I'm not married.)

The X-Touch gives me complete control of Logic X running on a Mac. It performs all the critical, repetitive functions quickly without having to navigate a mouse around a large screen. More detailed functions like EQ adjustment, and fine tuning effects can be performed on the X-Touch, but I still prefer to drag EQ filters with a mouse and to manage plug-ins directly on-screen, although it's nice to know that I can make a quick adjustment on the controller with its function and value labeled on the backlit scribble strip.

If you're like me, one of your favorite things to do is memorize complicated keyboard shortcuts.  Well, maybe not.  Thankfully, the team at Behringer gives us clearly labeled buttons and knobs for all of the fixed functions, and backlit labels that change according to the function. This makes the X-Touch easy to navigate at a glance.

I also appreciate the large transport control buttons and jog wheel. In a short amount of time, I found that I didn't even need to look at the X-Touch. My fingers find those buttons on their own.

The jog wheel makes it simple to put my playhead right where I want it, alleviating one of the frustrations of every DAW I've ever used. On-screen timeline rulers are small and require precise mouse movement. For the number of times each session that I have to grab that mouse, the time savings add up quickly.

The biggest time saver for me is the ability to mix down multiple tracks at once. Even with some purchased tracks, certain sounds and parts cut through the mix better in different environments and within different sections of a song. 

If you create your own loops or tracks, this is even more critical.

Read more: Behringer X-Touch

   

Block 96% of ambient light, without covering the windows

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We could spend all day telling you  about how Da-Lite Parallax screens block over 95% of ambient light from windows and and other light sources. We could describe how it maintains a bright, vibrant image even when a room is filled with natural light. We could thoroughly explain how it offers extremely wide viewing angles, with no speckle or glare. But we'd rather show you.

After all, seeing is believing. That's why Da-Lite created a video to show you the difference.

As you can see, the difference is striking. That's why if you have a brightly lit room, Parallax is the best screen choice for your project.  Please call us for more information on this amazing new screen technology. 

   

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I had consulted with some of the AVL Integrators whose ads had crossed my email/online path. The scope they were used to, including the cost, kept me searching. I talked with some integrators who wanted thousands (tens of thousands in some cases) of dollars to produce the initial design for our upgrades, and then would start the search for bids on that design. I kept searching. I was looking for someone who would be able to work with a church our size (1,000-1,200 in attendance per weekend total in 4 services), brainstorm with me on a design plan, and then walk through the priorities/cost maze that would likely present itself.

Then I remembered a voicemail I had received from Dave Horn of Truth Seeker Productions. When I listened to his voicemail, and then found out through other means that he had done significant work with a sister church of ours in Columbus, I had the feeling...that's right...the feeling that this was the guy to help us. So I called him, we met, and the path forward that he suggested was a very comfortable one for me, and the rest is history.

We are very satisfied with the projection upgrades in our worship center and fireside room (a total of 7 laser projectors), the larger, 16 X 9 screens everywhere, motorized screens where necessary, installation of 2 Allen & Heath digital audio consoles, upgraded LED lighting and controller, and a state of the art video control and routing system, allowing us to utilize IMag and live streaming.

Dave Horn and the Team at Truth Seeker are knowledgeable and up to date about all things AVL; good listeners, strategists, installers, and trainers. And, great service, even after the final check was paid!

They know how to work with Houses of Worship, "budgets," and how to help you make tough decisions. You'll be glad you contracted with them. We are!

Building Generations for Jesus Christ,
Pastor Brad Pilkington, Spring Hills Baptist Church

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