Product Reviews

Radial Firefly - the "best-sounding direct box I've ever heard"

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by Andy Toy, WorshipLeader

Function: Tube direct box

What’s New: New from Radial is the Firefly, a high quality tube DI with tons of features. Set in a heavy-duty metal casing, the Firefly combines a class-A front end with a single 12ax7 tube stage, providing warmth and character of a classic tube sound with the legendary sound quality of the classic Radial direct box. A quick walk-through of the electronics demonstrates Radial’s commitment to quality. The discrete class-A circuit features zero negative feedback, eliminating any phase cancellation in the signal and providing a natural, full sound. The 12ax7 tube gives the DI a warm, smooth sound and the output is isolated by a high quality Radial transformer to eliminate hum and buzz. The result is a low-noise, warm, fat, and natural sounding DI.

Features: The features on the Firefly were made with the working musician in mind. Connected to the input is a drag control that allows the user to adjust the load on the pickup of the instrument connected to it, making all pickup types sound great through the DI.

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Just because you like it, why should I? Audix VX5 reviewed.

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A couple weeks ago, the Audix sales rep stopped by with the Audix national sales manager in tow.  I've known both of these guys for a long time, and we've enjoyed a friendly relationship for at least 15 years.  We spent a few minutes catching up and telling stories, and as we talked through the line, the topic of missed opportunities came up.  I often ask sales people if they have products that we're missing out on -- ones that other dealers are selling successfully (and that we're not), or ones that no one is selling, but that everyone should be.  And like a good salesperson, Gene had an answer. 

The Audix VX-5 is a new handheld hypercardioid condenser microphone that he said was becoming very popular, and that reminded him of the old AKG C535.  That got my attention since the C535 was one of my favorite vocal mics "back in the day."

Gene let me unbox the microphone and I have to admit that it had a nice look, and a great feel, but what a mic looks like doesn't matter much to me.  The VX5 is made here in the USA, solidly built, and precise in its fit and finish.  But again, how would it sound? 

Since it's pretty much impossible to get a feel for a microphone in an office setting, Gene left the microphone with me, and I decided to try it out on an unsuspecting vocalist.

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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!

 

   

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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