Product Reviews

Line 6 Soundscape M20d - feature by feature

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by Doug Doppler, ChristianMusician.com

The Line
 6 StageScape 
M20d does a fantastic
 job of addressing the 
challenges we face each week, 
and it does it all via a touch-sensitive user interface that can be mirrored on one or more iPads.

WORKFLOW
One of the biggest challenges we face on Sunday mornings is developing a streamlined workflow for sound check, monitor levels, and front of house mix. Workflow is an integral part of how this unit was designed, and is key to its effectiveness in a worship environment.

MODES
The five Mode Buttons allow you to toggle between the Setup, Tweak, Record, Monitor, and Perform views in the UI. With the exception of Record Mode, these buttons trace the exact production path you’d follow on a Sunday, making for a streamlined approach on an architectural level.

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"Okay, we're back now." Keeping your security team and greeters connected.

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Right away, I have to tell you that this won't be a typical equipment review.  In fact, it's not a review of how a product works, but simply an observation of how the church I attend keeps its Outreach Team (the guys that serve in the parking lot) connected during our worship services.


Our weekend worship service starts at 9:30AM and at 10:03AM, I felt the sound desk vibrate.  "Hey, what happened to our service?"  My friend Marty had sent me a text message to say that the guys outside had lost the signal from the service.  I thought, "Hey, they ARE listening." and quickly shot back a text message to let them know that we were in the Meet and Greet break.  Since I didn't have an ambient microphone in their audio feed, when the band mics and the pastor's mic went off for the break, they heard dead air.  I quickly sent them some sound to let them know that they were still okay and the service restarted within a minute or so. 

Each week, Marty stops by the tech booth to pick up radios for the three or four guys who faithfully serve in the parking lot.  Rain, snow, 100 degree Ohio summers or ice cold rain, these guys greet people, keep an eye on the cars, and they make sure that anyone who needs anything gets what they need.  And normally, once the receivers are picked up, I don't give it another thought -- except this week was different. 

A few years ago, we purchased an assistive listening system for the hearing impaired, never thinking that our small church would find a use for the system other than...

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Let Us Help You Design You Portable Stages

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Versatile - Rugged - Fast install and strike - Anti skid surface - Choice of surfaces - Easy storage - No tools required

 

PennStage is a flexible range of rugged, high quality staging products built from 6061 structural grade alloy and high quality plywood.  It features a durable ¾”" slip proof and water resistant surface as standard.  The versatile Fastfold support systems come in a variety of fixed and adjustable sizes to ensure compatibility on variable grades and surfaces.  Setup and teardown are a breeze with no tools required.

PennStage also feature a full range of accessories including stairs steps, handrails, guardrails, wheelchair ramps and a range of product carts.  Standard and custom designs are available.

Take a look at the video below to get an idea of how fast and easy setting up a PennStage can be.  Please call us for pricing on all standard and custom configurations today!

 

   

Personal Mixer Headphone Extensions

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Headphone extensions have been the bane of many a sound engineer's existence. The cables on IEMs are never long enough to get from the musician's head to the Aviom or M-48, which means we need to provide some sort of extension cable. In the past, I've tried buying 1/4" headphone extensions and used 1/4" to 1/8" adapters, but those cheap, off-the-shelf adapters are very stiff and the adapters don't always work.

Recently, we've tried making our own. I found some super-thin cable and put a 1/4" TRS on one end with an 1/8" cable end on the other. Those worked well; at least until the 1/8" ends started failing -- which was about week 3. We then switched to regular cable (Mogami 2792) with a TRS on the PM end, and a locking 1/4" cable end with 1/4" to 1/8" adapter on the other. We even zip-tied a carabiner to the musician's end so they could clip to to their belt loops. Those work OK, but we've still had issues with the adapters (usually the left side cuts in and out).

While walking the trade show floor at WFX, I was tipped off to a possible solution

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Earthworks DP30/C - To call this a Tom Mic would be like calling the Mona Lisa a Painting

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That subject line caught my attention.  Maybe the author should write marketing materials, as opposed to microphone reviews.  If you're interested in reading more about a really high-quality drum microphone, check it out.  I don't think that I could even begin to write a review like this, so I'll remind you that I didn't.

This reviewer admits to some "pointless digressions" but I thought that his observations were worth a read.   If nothing else, I liked this comment in review of the new and improved DP30 snare & tom drum mic.

A point of interest is that the reviewer provides links to mp3's of non-drum recordings made with the DP30 so that you can hear the quality and versatility of the DP30.

Designed as a tom microphone, the DP30/C features a new and strengthened flexneck to better resist movement and aid positioning, along with a new machined "aluminum conic capsule back" to deflect direct stick hits, and the fastest transient response of any drum mic across 30hz-30khz. That last part is according to Earthworks, but I have no reason to not believe them.

The DP30 can also be purchased with or without the RM1 rim mount bracket. $799 without the RM1 and $999 with the RM1.

Call us or click here for more information about this and other High Definition Earthworks products.

   

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By the way, the M-400 is stinkin' awesome!  I always knew it could do this stuff, but I've never seen it in action.  I set the loaner board up, stuck in my thumb drive, loaded my settings, and bam, there they were!

Every tweak, every name, every setting, all right there!

Just thought I'd share that with you!

Wayne