Update on the 600 MHz Spectrum in Canada

In Audio, Extras, home_page by tfwm

As the FCC, in the US, and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), continue to find new ways to make more spectrum available for mobile broadband wireless devices, we in the pro audio world must revise our wireless frequency use. A broadband wireless device is a smartphone or IPad etc. that can connect to the Internet and stream or download content without connecting through a local Wi-Fi network. This extremely popular activity is requiring more and more frequencies to handle the demand. The large pool of reserved for TV but mostly unused spectrum is being “repurposed” to accommodate the need. Unused that is, except by wireless microphones.

Since the mid-1980s, we in the Pro Audio world have been very fortunate to have had free access to all the locally unused UHF Broadcast TV channels from 14 through to 69 or 470 to 698 MHz for our wireless microphones, In-Ear Monitors and Wireless Intercom Systems. Using this large portion of the radio spectrum has allowed us to easily find multiple clear frequencies. The only conditions were, and still are, that we didn’t cause any interference to a licensed user (Broadcaster) and that we were prepared to accept interference to us, if it occurred. By just having the knowledge of which TV channels were locally occupied, this unofficial arrangement worked well for more than three decades.

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AUDIO EVERYWHERE

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Q&A with Russ Gentner, President and CEO of Listen Technologies

In December 2017, Listen Technologies announced its acquisition of the Audio Everywhere brand and products from ExXothermic, Inc., a global technology leader in Wi-Fi streaming technology. Technologies for Worship recently caught up with Russ Gentner, president and CEO of Listen Technologies, and inquired about the significance of this announcement.

TFWM: Why did Listen Technologies acquire the Audio Everywhere brand and products?

Russ: Listen Technologies has partnered with Dr. Lance Glasser and his team at ExXothermic, Inc., the developer of Audio Everywhere, over the years because they share our passion for designing technology and solutions that deliver clear sound to everyone, regardless of setting or acoustics. Audio Everywhere technology has become the go-to solution for affordable, plug and play streaming of wireless audio over existing Wi-Fi networks and is the perfect complement to our existing portfolio of innovative assistive listening products.

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Projector Maintenance Tips for Houses of Worship

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by Rich McPherson and Ryan Pitterle

Many houses of worship have discovered that multimedia projectors enable them to engage their congregations and to enhance worship experiences in sanctuaries, classrooms and other areas. To operate at optimal levels, projectors may require maintenance, performed either by your own tech staff or by an A/V service vendor.

Laser-based projectors
Laser projectors use advanced solid-state lighting technologies to project bright, uniform images. Current laser projectors are designed for 20,000 hours or more – in most cases. Because the replacement cycle of laser projectors’ light sources is a fraction of traditional lamps, their maintenance costs are dramatically lower. Some projectors provide maintenance-free operation. For houses of worship, which usually have relatively low usage per week, a laser projector will provide little or no maintenance for the projector’s entire expected lifetime.

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Composing the Passion – Sibelius Review companion piece

In Audio, Extras, home_page, Uncategorized, Web Articles by tfwm

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by Collin Makariak

There are few, if any, moments in history more significant than the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the very essence on which our faith in God and salvation is based. When I was first approached about doing a review of the Sibelius composing software, while composing an original piece for Easter, I was excited.

To hear Collin’s compositions, and read more about his process, click here.


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Eiki International Promotes Rubery to General Manager

In home_page, Industry News, Uncategorized by Chris Hardin

Eiki International, Inc. a world leader for over 40 years in projection technology, is pleased to announce the promotion of Steve Rubery, CTS to the position of General Manager. With more than 14 years of service to the firm, Rubery brings a wealth of experience to his new position with the company. His appointment commenced January 1st, 2018. He will be based at the company’s Rancho Santa Margarita facilities.

In his new capacity as Eiki’s General Manager, Rubery will spearhead all sales and marketing initiatives for the North American markets. Additionally, he will oversee the activities of both the U.S. and Canadian offices, including operations, support services, IT management, and the myriad of other factors that impact the company’s day-to-day operation.

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DPA’s d:screet SC4098 Podium Mic Delivers Beyond Expectations at Church of Notre Dame

In Audio, home_page, Install News, Uncategorized by Chris Hardin

When the Church of Notre Dame in Western Pennsylvania started to experience audio challenges with its existing boundary podium microphone, it knew a change was in order. The church was looking for a more versatile mic that was capable of clearly amplifying every person who spoke at the lectern. The new solution needed to be able to be mounted to the church’s all-marble podium, while also being long enough to reach over the height of the podium shelf where the speaker would place their reading materials.

Durisko also wanted a microphone that would sound neutral and pick up everyone from the quiet, non-projecting speaker to the professional. While researching microphone options for this application, John Durisko, parishioner and president of Satin Sound Systems Inc., decided to try out DPA Microphones’ d:screet SC4098 Podium Microphone after using it on previous projects.

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Clear-Com Celebrates 50th Anniversary

In Audio, home_page, Industry News, Web Articles by tfwm

Five decades of intercom innovation, connecting people when communications matter

Clear-Com®, provider of real-time communications solutions and service, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding. Throughout the year, the company welcomes its employees, partners, users, and the wider pro-audio community across the world to commemorate the Clear-Com brand and all its rich history of innovation. This anniversary marks an important milestone for the company as it looks back on its incredible heritage of communications breakthroughs and the people who contributed to its success.

“Over the past 50 years, Clear-Com has grown to become one of the most recognized and highly sought-after communications brands in the Pro-Audio industry,” said Mitzi Dominguez, CEO of Clear-Com. “While our brand has become synonymous with various intercom products which allow professionals to work together at critical times, ultimately Clear-Com’s journey is a story about people who were pivotal within this business — visionary leaders of the past and present, alumni and current staff, committed partners, loyal users and industry influencers. This year we will look back on milestone moments of innovation and ingenuity, as well as looking forward to future possibilities for better communication.”

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Review: Martin Audio Wavefront Precision

In Audio, home_page by tfwm

By Nick McKinnon

First Pentecostal Church offers a variety of music during worship, from Southern-style gospel, to contemporary worship, and everything in between. Unfortunately, the architectural style of our facility is not conducive to great acoustics – high, vaulted ceilings (65′ high), hard marble surfaces, stained-glass windows and a balcony present a challenge. The sanctuary seats close to 3,000 and we run a front line of nine singers, a worship leader and a full band. We needed a system that would sound clean and bright, but be directional and avoid bouncing off the harder surfaces, but also reach every part of the room, and we wanted to avoid adding acoustical treatments, so we needed to choose the best system for our facility.

I was drawn to Martin Audio because of the quality of their control. We were able to run a demo of their MLA system before making any purchasing decisions, and it became apparent very quickly that Martin Audio products would do everything we needed them to do. As we were waiting for the quote on the MLA from Clark, they told us Martin Audio’s Wavefront would also be available. We were able to go to Infocomm to see a comparison of the MLA and the Wavefront side-by-side, and made the decision to go for the Wavefront Precision system.

Read more in our November issue, online now.


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InfoComm Demo Prompts Switch from a Line Array to a Danley Sound Labs Point Source

In Audio, home_page, Install News, Uncategorized by Chris Hardin

Sid Gattis, owner of Gattis Pro Audio, was all set to install a top-notch, state-of-the-art line array system at First Baptist Church in Lincolnton, North Carolina – as he had done in scores of other churches – when fate intervened. Gattis attended InfoComm and heard Danley Sound Lab’s new SM-80F point-source loudspeaker with built-in subwoofer support. Designed by pioneering acoustician Tom Danley and his team of engineers using several of their patented technologies, the SM-80F provides remarkably even coverage, well-defined pattern control, and articulate, high-fidelity audio. Gattis had always been sober-minded about the limitations of even the best line array systems, and he saw that the Danley SM-80Fs would save the church $12k, provide higher-quality sound, and – at half the size of the line array – limit the visual impact to First Baptist Church’s aesthetic.

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