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Choosing The Right Earset Microphone

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Earset, headworn, and over-the-ear microphones are quickly taking the place of lavalier and handheld microphones in many houses of worship. As with all microphones, choosing the right one for your application is important, so here I will discuss a few of the deciding factors all churches should consider, and I’ll make some recommendations on specific models. Why choose an over-the-ear …

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MEGA Open House

MEGA Church Lighting: an Overview, an Invitation

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ProAudio.com, our parent company, recently became a dealer for MEGA Systems, a San Antonio-based lighting and audio manufacturer of brands including Mega Lite, Enigma LED Vision Systems and Biema Professional Sound, and the US distributor of PR Lighting. We’ve had our fair share of headaches with other lighting lines, but the quality of products and customer service from MEGA Systems …

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How Do I Budget for Our A/V/L Needs?

How Do I Budget for Our A/V/L Needs?

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The modern church is becoming increasingly more dependent upon technology. This can be good or bad, depending on what God has called you to do in your ministry. Whether it’s just a simple analog mixer for a children’s area or a full-blown computer-controlled audio, video and lighting system, one thing is for sure: Knowing WHAT you need is not nearly …

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NewTek TriCaster for Worship

TriCaster for Worship: You’re Invited

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Here at the Church Audio Video headquarters, we have a small multipurpose room that usually looks like it was hit by a Texas tornado. It’s where the magic happens, so as long as we can walk through the room without tripping on anything, we let it slide. On Thursday, June 2nd, this room will be transformed into a full-fledged TV …

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In-Ear Instrument System

In-Ear Monitors: Are They Right for Your Ministry?

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If you can answer “Yes” To any of the following questions, then the answer may be yes. Does your church suffer from excessive stage noise? Does your sound guy have difficulty establishing a decent mix? Does your sound (especially your music) always sound a bit muddy? Does your talent always complain about the monitor mix? Does your talent wish that …

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Powered VS Passive Speakers

Powered vs. Passive Speakers: Why Nobody Is Wrong

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One of the most common questions we hear from churches is whether they should purchase powered speakers and subs, or use passive (unpowered) speakers with amplifiers. This is, of course, entirely dependent on the situation. Just a few of the questions we ask in return are: “Will the system be portable or installed?”, “Will the connections on the installed speakers …

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Confused

What if YOU Are the Tech “Team”?

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If you’re like most techs in the local church, then you’re a volunteer who loves what you do. You’re there before most folks arrive and you’re there after they leave the building. I know that’s been the experience of the audio/video/lighting techs in most churches where I’ve served as the Worship Leader. I’ve always appreciated the tireless dedication and the …

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Church Audio Video - Speaker Placement

Tricky Phrases: ⅛ Space and Doppler Effect

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When a speaker or sound source is placed in a corner so it is near three surfaces (like the junction between two walls and the floor), it is said to be in ⅛ space. This is similar to the concept of ½ space (up against one wall) and ¼ space (at a junction between two walls). When sound sources are …

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Eastern Heights Church Installation - Church Audio Video

Eastern Heights Church – Video Walkthrough

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The Church Audio Video team has been working with Eastern Heights Church for over 5 years now, and in early 2011 we completed installation of the new audio, video, lighting and control system for their new sanctuary. In this video walkthrough, lead designer Mark Helms takes a closer look at the A/V/L system we designed and built. For details on …

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Church Audio Video Acoustics - Absorption

Tips from a Tech: Acoustical Treatment

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What is Acoustical Treatment? Acoustical treatment is the method by which we control reflections in a space to create the ideal acoustical profile, thereby enhancing audio perception. A reflection is the change in direction of a sound wave away from a boundary the wave encounters. Reflected waves remain in their original medium rather than entering the medium they encounter. The …

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