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Shure is discontinuing more 600MHz wireless systems.

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As we've been warning for over a year, it's time to stop buying 600MHz wireless microphone and personal monitoring systems, unless you have no other choice.  Unfortunately, some of you have no other choice due to location, and other systems in use.  

At some point in the future, the FCC will issue a statement that will give users 42 months to vacate systems operating in the 600MHz band (approximately 600-699MHz).  And at this time, we have not received that notice, which could come next week or in the next few years. 

Eeffective immediately, Shure is discontinuing the following from BLX® Wireless, UHF-R® Wireless and PSM®900 Personal Monitor Systems:

K12 and M15 frequency band SKUs in BLX Wireless Systems
K1 and L6 frequency band SKUs in PSM900 Personal Monitor Systems
L3 in UHF-R Wireless Systems

Shure knows what's coming (even if it doesn't know when), and we'd all be wise to follow their lead.  Our opinion is that early discontinuations will keep Shure from having to pay large trade-in rebates like they did when the 700MHz range was similarly abandoned in 2010.  Please contact us with any questions you have. 

 

Indina Menzel chooses Heil RC 35 microphone for her Super Bowl performance

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Idina Menzel is already the voice behind the unofficial anthem of girls between the ages of 4 and 12.  And if you don't know what that is, call us and ask.  You'll recognize the name, or even look it up on Google.  We don't mean to be difficult in an article that's supposed to be informative, but let's just say that the copyright owners of the song are more than a little zealous to ensure copyright enforcement. 

On Sunday, February 1, she sang the national anthem in front of 10 million viewers using a Heil RC 35 capsule on a wireless transmitter.

The RC35 has become a favorite upgrade of pro performers of all types. The RC35 fits all Shure and Line 6 handheld wireless systems.  If you'd like to try an RC35, give us a call.  We'll be happy to send you one for sale or demo, or order online

   

Do you believe in coincidence?

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Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 1.20.12 PMAt the risk of sounding overdramatic, I don't, and I'm never surprised at the way things work out.  

A couple years ago, we got an email from the Ohio sales representative for Electro-voice.  He wanted to know if we wanted to buy about 20 discontinued speakers for really deep discount.  If no one bought them, they were going into the crusher, literally.  

The challenge was that there were one or two of this and that, and four of another, and just one of several.  I asked the sales rep we wouldn't want them, and his response was "Exactly!"  So we ordered all of them.  

The short story is that all but one of those speakers found a home, and we were able to provide them at as much as 90% off regular prices.  And I wasn't surprised a bit.  

Well.  Lighting must strike twice.  Toward the end of 2014, the EV rep emailed again.  In an email to all of its dealers, the company announced that it was moving warehouses and that it would be liquidating a large portion of its inventory, first come, first served.  

Right away, we bought some speakers that we knew we could sell.  A couple weeks later, we got another email asking us to "make an offer", so we offered and were able to buy some more at lower prices.  Another week or so later, the final list came out.  The accompanying message was that anything that was left would either be moved or crushed, and it requested final offers.  So we offered lower again.

We've sold some of the half semi-truck that we received and we still have what's listed below.   At up to 80% off, I believe that we have exactly what some of you need to finish a project at your budget.  We have several of the ETX powered loudspeakers which are the best we've heard in the price range.  Other manufacturers may not like that we've proclaimed that, but none have stepped forward for a shootout.  We have touring grade monitors for about 80% off, assistive listening transmitters for $199 and more.  Click the link below.  

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Doing it right.

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A few months ago, we got a call from a pastor about the sound quality in the main worship space.  He talked about uneven coverage, uneven sound pressure levels (volume), lots of low-midrange rumble at the podium and a general lack of audio fidelity.  He seemed like he was ready for a new sound system. 

We asked what he had installed now.  Bose 502A.  No problem there.  Was he using the system controller?  Yes.  How and where were they installed?  In a center cluster, about 5-6' directly above the podium microphone (see below).  Uh oh.  

Bose 502A

This is not how to do it.

Two things stuck out to us.  First, the center cluster was low.  Of course, the ceiling is low, too, so options were limited.

Low frequency pattern control is a big issue that most don't consider when it comes to a new system.  The short story is that...

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Think Different

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by Mike Sessler, ChurchTechArts.org

From what I can gather, one of the traits of most successful people is the ability to try new things. Ability may be the wrong word—we all have the ability to try new things. Perhaps the word I’m looking for is desire. I love to try new things. I’m always on the lookout for some new technology, process, idea, whatever. Along the way, I’ve made some fantastic discoveries.

Sadly, I have also had many conversations that go somewhat like this.

Other Person: So, what kind of PA are you putting in your room?

Me: Bose RoomMatch. We’re pretty excited about it.

OP: Oh, I would never mix on one of those. Terrible.

Me: Really? Have you ever mixed on it?

OP: No.

Me: Have you ever heard it?

OP: No.

Me: Have you even looked into the technology behind it?

OP: No. Bose=bad. That’s all I know.

Usually, all I can say at that point is, “Huh.” Now, we all have our biases. We all have things we know that we generally like. Given the choice, I’d probably choose a Heil mic over another most of the time. But if someone shows up with a new mic I’ve not used before, I’ll give it a shot. In fact, that’s how I discovered Heil. I had never heard of them five years ago, but someone showed up with a box full, and we gave them a try.

Try New Things

Alton Brown used to say, “Play with your food!” I tend to agree. Try new things. You never know what’s going to happen. Just because you’ve been doing something the same way for the last 10 years doesn’t mean it’s the best way. Talk to someone else and see if you can learn something from them.

I’m convinced that one of the reasons our stage is so efficient is because I’ve stolen ideas from a lot of smart people over the last 10 years. Every time I visit a church or talk with another TD, I try to pick out something that I can learn from them. It’s amazing how much you will know if you just talk with other people.

Take Ideas From Unexpected Sources
 

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What others say

Thanks for everything Dave.  We installed the projector Saturday and it performed very good, just as I knew it would. We also were able to use the same universal mount as the old Eiki had.  It is much brighter and the remote is much better also.  We are very happy with the projector and you and your company.

Dave Breg
The Way Church
Canon, GA