2015
02.04

Digital wireless microphones and compact digital mixers dominated the NAMM show for us this year.

Digital Wireless Microphones

UHF wireless microphones have an FCC auction of the 600Mhz spectrum scheduled for early 2016. Manufacturers like Audio-Technica and Shure are forging ahead with digital solutions for the wireless future.

ATW_1312_L_1_LGAudio-Technica has expanded on their 2.4GHz System 10 line by creating the System 10 PRO series. These innovative units are going to be a top-install wireless system. Two channels of wireless in a half-rack unit for less than $800. Antenna receiver units can be remotely mounted with a simple Cat5e cable. Keeping receivers in line of sight to the transmitter has never been easier. No expensive antenna cabling or additional hardware necessary.

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2015
01.21

Tablets are being used in live sound as replacements for binders of sheet music.  Did you know that there are also currently apps available from companies like Presonus for personal monitor mixing, or Allen & Heath, Soundcraft, and Mackie for digital mixer control?

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2015
01.07

MonitorWarsComicJust a little more snare in this wedge, a little more guitar in another, and before you know it, you’re muting the mains to keep the congregation from running out of the building with their hands on their ears.

The solution to this problem is an effective one-two punch against excessive stage volume.

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2013
10.24

EDID_No_SignalConnecting a video player to a monitor used to be so easy. Just plug a cable into the player and then into the TV and watch. Now, the digital era has ushered in new requirements that can leave a blank screen or a broken image even when it appears that everything is connected properly. If you’ve decided to upgrade your video system to HD content, be prepared for a few hiccups along the way.

HDMI video signals carry more information than just an image. When you connect a flat panel or projector to a Blu-ray player or a computer, the two are constantly sending data back and forth to each other. Here are a few important things to keep in mind when planning a digital video upgrade.

 

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2013
09.13

2013
07.23

2013
06.05

Panic_Button_LGOn a recent installation at New Hope Church in San Diego, Worship Director Dennis Ormsbee brought up a request for a product that he needed as a worship leader. The need was for a switch box on stage that he could use as a way to communicate with his team through their in-ear monitors. He wanted to use his vocal microphone to communicate setlist changes to the team without addressing the entire congregation. We came across a pretty handy solution and we thought we’d share it. It’s called the Panic Button from ProCo.

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2013
05.07

2013
03.25

STN_prizeCongratulations to Heather Cruz of Rio Norte Junior High!  She is the winner of our STN 2013 Convention Teacher/Chaperone Giveaway!  Heather won a pair of Tascam® TH-02 Studio Headphones and an Audio-Technica 99xdB Vocal Mic.

We asked Heather for a little more information about herself and her involvement at the STN Convention this year.  Here’s what she said:

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2013
03.20

STN_Convention_Blog_11The Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles was overrun with passionate and determined students on March 7-10th.  There were groups of teenagers on a mission; equipped with cameras, microphones, lighting equipment, and just about every accessory you could think of.  This was ALPHA’s first time attending the Student Television Network Convention, and what an inspiring experience it was!

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