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ProPresenter Users - do NOT upgrade to Mac OS 10.13.4 -- yet

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Attention macOS Users that use USB Display adaptors!

Do NOT upgrade to MacOS 10.13.4 at this time if you use a USB Display Adaptor (usually used for Stage Display outputs in ProPresenter). DisplayLink, the company that makes the chips that are used in the vast majority of the USB display adaptors that are made, released the following on March 30, 2018:

"We have become aware that installing macOS release Version 10.13.4 will cause DisplayLink connected displays to go blank after the OS upgrade, with the current DisplayLink driver [4.1] installed. Functionality such as Ethernet and audio, where implemented, is unaffected. We have alerted Apple to this issue and are working hard to find a resolution. These features continue to work as expected in 10.13.3"

Note that this is NOT a ProPresenter issue, but rather an issue with the driver that works with the USB adaptors. 

 

600MHz wireless microphone rebate extended!

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Is your wireless microphone gear operating in the legal part of the RF Spectrum? Between now and July 2020, any wireless microphone operating between 614-698 MHz will have to be removed from service.  See the FCC information page here

Have you taken full advantage of Shure rebate offers yet? It is not too late! Shure is excited to extend its 600MHz wireless rebate program through October 31, 2018. This quick and easy trade-in program helps you bring all of your inventory into the legal operating range and saves you money while doing so.  Save up to $500 per channel on new wireless systems!

If we can answer questions about the 600MHz transition and how it affects you, please call us at 800-747-7301. 

   

1992 called and it wants its rack panel back!

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Until just this year, we've been limited to offering engraved rack panels with basic logos, and text file type layouts.  If it looked good in Ariel and with a 2D logo, we could do it. 

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Let this be your rack panel -- with color and image-based layouts. 

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We've teamed up with a speciality printer and engraver to offer you something fun and different as you're building your racks.  

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The only limit to what we can do for you is your imagination.

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Call us about custom color rack panels today! 

 

   

Is your projector draining your tech budget?

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Time. Money. Focus. If your projector requires lamp replacement, maintenance or repairs, it is draining you of resources you could be using to engage your congregation. Worship Facilities Magazine estimates that the typical projector used in Houses of Worship costs as much as $7,000 in bulbs, maintenance and equipment failure over its lifespan.

With a dust-free, lamp-free design, new laser projectors from Panasonic offer 20,000 hours of virtually maintenance-free operation. Plus, they feature high brightness and contrast for optimal daylight viewing.

This line-up starts at just $3699 for 5000 lumens.  One of the largest theme park chains in the world uses exclusively Panasonic laser projectors and the nation's largest restaurant chain dedicated to chicken wings has chosen the PT-RZ570 series as its standard for its corporate stores.  See the full line-up here.  

Don't sweat lamp failure, air filter warning messages, lift/scaffolding rental, and time.  Give your congregation all of the attention it deserves, and give up projector maintenance for good.

   

Your wireless microphones will soon be illegal again!

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Fantastic news, I know.

In 2010, the FCC sold off the 700MHz radio spectrum for use by telecommunications companies -- essentially for use by public safety and wireless broadband service for mobile phones and in rural areas. 

In that process, television stations and wireless microphone users were forced to move out of the range that is specifically the frequencies between 698 and 806 MHz.  The tech community had to replace tens of thousands of wireless microphones.

In 2017, that process is repeating itself for the 600Mhz range. This time, the frequencies between 614-698 MHz are affected. And sometime between now and July 2020, with few exceptions, any wireless microphone operating in this range will have to be retired.

2010 was difficult for many users having to replace wireless microphones. What makes the 2017-2020 “repacking” different and even more difficult is that as the television broadcasters are moved from the 600 MHz frequencies, most are being moved into the existing 400-500 MHz space where unlicensed wireless microphones are (and will continue to be) permitted to operate.

Despite remaining legal, in some markets, we have already discovered some cases where legal wireless microphones will not be able to find a safe operating frequency due to the increased density of broadcast traffic. Large churches in Indianapolis, look out!

The repacking of those television stations will come in Transition Phases 1-10 between September 2018 and July 2020.

Read more: Your wireless microphones will soon be illegal again!

   

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