Tech, No Babel: 7 things to look for in the perfect free podcast host

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They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but what about free podcast hosts? Look for these 7 things to see if free, is actually too expensive.

Unlimited storage–If you have to delete old episodes, you’re missing out on a segment of the audience that wants all the old content and will download it all when they find it.

No preroll or in-content ads–If you are required to have ads and you lose control over the content of those ads, it could be bad news, even if the content isn’t inherently bad.

Your choice of license–What if you get permission to distribute something that you don’t own. If your free podcast host requires you to use a creative commons license, when you don’t have the right to do so (for that content you got permission to include), you could find yourself in trouble.

Full podcast feature support (including byte range requests)–There are some features that are kind of obscure, like byte-range requests, but could cause problems if you don’t have them. Make sure any free podcast host supports all the features of a podcast.

Feed portability–Your feed is your link to your audience. Make sure you can take it wherever you go at any time, for any reason. Without it, you could lose your audience because you had to or wanted to move.

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GC-Professional-logo-blk-2The Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church has been among the Houston area’s largest houses of worship for over 60 years. However, through most of that time, it was also a very analog institution, with a pair of analog consoles used for front-of-house mixing and to route audio to congregation overflow and post-production areas. As of this year, however, Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church has entered its own digital age, with the acquisition of two Studer digital consoles, purchased through Guitar Center Professional [3] (GC Pro), the business-to-business (B2B) division of Guitar Center providing highly customized service for professional accounts.

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Uli Behringer Awarded as Global Audio Industry Leader 

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ULIUli Behringer, founder of BEHRINGER and head of MUSIC, was recently honoured as recipient of the “2016 Global Audio Industry Leader Award” at the annual PALM Sound & Light Awards show in Mumbai, India.

He was recognised for “his visionary leadership and contribution to the professional audio industry by way of breakthrough technologies and products that have significantly contributed to the growth of the global pro-audio industry.”

Behringer said: “I am very humbled and immensely filled with honour and pride to be recognised by PALM India with this prestigious Global Audio Industry Leader Award. When I think back to 1989, I had a very simple dream and that was to create great and affordable equipment for musicians. As a struggling engineering student and musician, playing in piano bars to make a living, I couldn’t afford the equipment to build my own recording studio.

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St Mary’s Seminary Gets the ICONYX Gen5 Treatment

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untitledThe roots of St. Mary’s Seminary date back to its original charter, established in 1856. The seminary’s 50-acre campus, opened in 1954, the seminary moved to its current site, and has grown to become one of the state’s most respected theological institutions.

The seminary’s gymnasium recently received an extensive renovation, reborn as a multi-purpose facility that hosts sporting events as well as meetings, performances, and other large gatherings. The makeover included new acoustical treatment, large screen video, and a powerful audio system centered on Renkus-Heinz Iconyx Gen5 digitally steered arrays.

“The interior had been gutted and completely rebuilt, and the addition of acoustical treatment certainly improved things,” observes Scott Mowell of Conference Technologies. “That said, it was still a challenging space. The ceiling is about 25 feet high, and there are several large, very tall windows on one wall, with doors and windows on the opposite wall.”

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New StoneBridge Church Campus Equipped With Martin Audio CDD

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MartinSolutions of Olympia, WA recently installed a Martin Audio CDD system in the main worship space of the new StoneBridge Millard Campus.

A new build at the site of a former outlet store, the campus is built around a worship space in a small rectangular 50 ft. by 80 ft. room with its own set of unique challenges.

As Mike Sessler, Project Lead for CCI explains, “It’s an unusual space with a corner-loaded stage and a low ceiling with lots of HVAC structural equipment that slopes down from 19 ft. to about 17 ft. at the back of the seating area.

“Because the stage is in the corner of a long room, we had an extended throw down the long wall, a short throw to the wall on the other side and another throw to the opposite corner where FOH is located.

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Tech, No Babel: What to look for in a video tripod

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When you’re shopping for a video tripod, it might be tempting to buy the cheapest one you can find, but that’s probably not the best idea. What about if you have access to a really, really nice tripod, but a small, lightweight camera? Is that a good idea?

Fluid head: This is a non-starter if you find a tripod without a fluid head. The movements will be jerky if you do buy one without this type of head.

Appropriate size for the weight of the camera: If your camera is too big for the tripod, you risk failure and breaking the camera. If it’s too small, you’ll never get the tripod balanced right. Make sure you get the right one.

Weight for its use: Buy a light tripod for portable use, but get a heavier one if it will always be in one place.

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Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K Used to Shoot August Burns Red in Concert for HeartSupport Community

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untitledBlackmagic Design today announced that URSA Mini 4K digital film camera was used to shoot a number of high profile interviews with some of the world’s biggest bands as part of the HeartSupport community program. Blackmagic Production Camera 4K and Pocket Cinema Camera, along with Video Assists, were also used to shoot live concert footage of international heavy metal band August Burns Red at the recent Self Help Fest.

HeartSupport is an organization formed by Jake Luhrs, the lead singer of August Burns Red, which helps fans find a way to help themselves through a variety of personal issues, including depression, addiction, hurt, abuse, broken relationships, suicide, bullying and self-harm. HeartSupport’s worldwide community is connected via the Internet, and bands, such as Beartooth, Underoath, Black Veil Brides and Crown The Empire, often share video interviews with the community offering advice on how they cope and heal.

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