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?
Some lighting companies are even now developing apps to control LED stage lighting. Imagine that! Controlling the stage lights from the stage. Probably not the most practical solution for larger churches and venues, but there are more than a few small to mid-size churches that we work with that are volunteer based and don’t always have someone that can stay at the back of the room to run things.
K&M iPad* and tablet holders sure make things convenient whether you’re using them on the stage or back at the booth.
Visit the “iPad* and Tablet Holders” section on our website for details on the current models available:
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Just 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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Connecting 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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On 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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Congratulations 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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The 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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Unwanted noise in the sound system can drive a person crazy. That annoying hum or interference might be the only thing you hear after awhile. Ebtech makes a few items that can really help clean up your sound.
Ebtech HE-2 Hum Eliminator
The HE-2 Hum Eliminator is designed to eliminate hum from a 60Hz cycle (or an octave of that like 120Hz, or 180Hz). This type of noise in a sound system is generated from a ground loop. The HE-2 will break the ground loop while allowing you to keep all AC grounds in place. This is a much safer option than using a ground lift adapter.
Ebtech LLS-2 Line Level Shifter
The LLS-2 Line Level Shifter is designed to connect two units with mismatched impedance. Devices like mp3 players can suffer from volume loss and ground loops when connected to professional equipment. This little box will take care of all of that by converting between balanced and unbalanced inputs and outputs and eliminating ground loop hum.
The Hum-X is similar to the HE-2, but is used right at the outlet. Instead of using a ground lift adapter you can plug this into the wall and then plug your audio or video equipment into the Hum-X for worry free performance!
Remember that before using these devices, you first want to isolate the noise in the system and determine what type of interference you’re dealing with. A device designed to eliminate a 60Hz cycle hum from electrical interference will be useless if the noise is a result of something else like RF interference on a wireless channel.
Our office in Alabama recently installed a new video system in a facility. After the installation was complete, the new video equipment and wiring introduced hum into the audio recording system. A little Ebtech unit was exactly what was needed to eliminate the 60Hz cycle and ensure that a strong, clean audio signal was reaching the recorder.