FREE Webinar: Unlocking The Religious Service Exemption

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Space is limited to ONLY 50 seats.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/295817368694701313

unnamedAre you confused about the Religious Service Exemption of the US Copyright Law and how it impacts your church or ministry? There aren’t many exceptions or exemptions to the Copyright Law, but churches can really benefit from the religious service exemption (RSE) if they fully understand it, especially as you’re preparing for holiday programs.

We have 30 years of experience helping church leaders navigate copyright issues, and we often hear a ton of questions about the exemption. We know how overwhelming it can all be, so we’ve decided to invite you to join us for 30-45 minutes with the COPYRIGHT COACH with an exclusive FREE webinar on Tuesday, November 18. Susan Fontaine Godwin will be your personal Copyright Coach, and she has consulted and worked with churches like Prestonwood Baptist, Saddleback, Gateway and Woodside Bible to name a few.

The exemption is vital for churches, but it also can be very confusing for church leaders to understand and identify what it covers and what it does not include. There is a lot of misinformation or myths when it comes to the RSE, so we’ll break it down in simple terms and address common questions. we want you to be ready and prepared. We’ll also take an in-depth look at how you can make the most of church blanket licenses But, it’s URGENT and important to sign up today, because there are only 50 seats available.

Title: Unlocking The Religious Service Exemption

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.


Roland Announces M-5000 Live Mixing Console based on New O.H.R.C.A Platform

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O.H.R.C.A represents “Open”, “High Resolution”, and “Configurable Architecture” by delivering freely definable audio paths, supporting multiple audio formats protocols, plus pristine 96 kHz sound quality throughout the system. The new Roland M-5000 Live Mixing Console is the first product based on O.H.R.C.A opening a new generation of live sound solutions for audio professionals.

The Roland M-5000’s internal mix architecture is not fixed and can be freely defined for mixing channels, AUXs, Matrices, subgroup buses, MIX-MINUS buses within a range of up to 128 audio paths allowing user to create a console structure to suit the needs of the application.

The M-5000 has two built-in REAC ports, plus two expansion card slots for Dante, MADI, Waves SoundGrid, or more REAC ports, as well as future formats. The back panel includes 16×16 analog I/O, 4×4 AES/EBU, a 16×16 USB audio interface, connection for control via an iPad connected or wireless, and control ports including footswitches, GP I/O, RS-232C and MIDI. All of this capability enables the console to see up to 300 inputs and 296 outputs, all at 96kHz and even more at 48kHz.

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Media Storage Survey

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As Houses of Worship continue to capture their services on video, media storage plays an increasingly large role  in a successful broadcast ministry.  Please take the time to answer this five question survey about your media storage – the survey won’t take long to do, and it gives you input into upcoming editorial at Technologies for Worship.


Sennheiser Encourages Microphone Owners to Petition to the FCC in Light of Impending UHF Spectrum Auction

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Company Says FCC Should Retain Two Blocks of Clean UHF for Hypercritical Mics and Ear Monitors, and Mic Owners Should Receive Compensation As a Result of Spectrum Repacking

Audio specialist Sennheiser, which continues to file comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in light of the pending spectrum auction now scheduled to take place in early 2016, recently filed aPetition For Reconsideration with the FCC on its Incentive Auction Ruling. The company also encourages microphone owners and customers to write to the FCC in support of the Petition for Reconsideration before the initial reply deadline of November 12th, 2014, and is offering to help with any filing or procedural requirements.
Sennheiser’s recently filed Petition For Reconsideration argues two primary points:

  • There should remain two blocks of clean UHF for hypercritical microphones and ear monitors (the FCC plans to eliminate the two reserve mic channels);
  • Mic owners should be compensated by the auction winners for their equipment, purchased to comply with the previous 700 MHz reallocation, that will be displaced as a result of this next spectrum repacking.

“The FCC has an enormously difficult task to repurpose spectrum from traditional over-the-air TV broadcast to mobile broadband services — this is a matter of content distribution,” says Joe Ciaudelli, Spectrum Affairs, Sennheiser. “However, spectrum is crucial for content creation as well. It is essential that productions have access to reliable prime spectrum for their most critical wireless links. Also, responsible mic owners invested in new equipment just a few years ago to comply with the Commission’s mandate to vacate the 700 MHz band. They should not be subjected to another premature obsolescence of their gear without some compensation. In our petition we detail options for addressing these important issues.”

Last April, Sennheiser launched a website to keep its customers informed on developments concerning the future of wireless microphones and the UHF spectrum. The website [http://sennheiser.com/spectrum] also contains a template for a sample support letter that microphone owners can download and use to express their own views to the FCC concerning equipment replacement costs they will incur as a result of spectrum reallocation.

In early 2016, the FCC plans to hold an ‘incentive auction” with the intent of transferring spectrum currently allocated for over-the-air (OTA) TV service to mobile broadband. The auction offers TV broadcasters the opportunity to relinquish or share their spectrum license in exchange for a portion of the proceeds generated by the auction. The broadcasters that operate on channels in the 600 MHz range that choose to stay on the air will be moved to a different TV channel during the subsequent repacking process, scheduled to be completed 39 months after the new channel assignments are determined.

For more information, please visit http://sennheiser.com/spectrum or contact Joe Ciaudelli directly at spectrum@sennheiserusa.com.


A New Dawn for DSP?

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Digital signal processing has already brought untold flexibility to a wealth of install applications. But with full-scale networking likely to become the default, could it be that an even more exciting era is just around the corner?

Radius12x8-Interior_MedAlongside the advent of more powerful networking solutions, the emergence of digital signal processing (DSP) that is capable of being implemented quickly and (relatively) easily for all manner of fixed install applications has arguably been the defining pro-audio story of the decade. From Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) for video-conferencing to site-wide routing and distribution, high-capability DSPs have heralded a minor revolution in the built environment.

In an industry that has always paid extremely close attention to the bottom line, it’s unsurprising to discover that lower-cost solutions have done much to initiate the New DSP Dawn. Not only are DSP chips “running at considerably higher MIPS (millions of instructions per second) rates than they were ten years ago, today’s faster chips enable designs that use fewer components – meaning lower costs and increased reliability,” observes Dane Butcher, founder and CEO of Seattle, US-based DSP pioneer Symetrix.

Software developments have also helped to slash DSP costs, with advanced memory management features and higher clock speeds paving the way for designs that, notes Butcher, “use only a single DSP chip to exceed the processing power of designs that used to require four chips.”

Highly effective automixing, loudspeaker management and zone mixing/paging are among the other common applications of these new-generation DSPs. But although their superiority to conventional processing solutions is now unquestioned, the sheer quantity of current DSPs can easily leave the integrator – let alone the end-user – with something of a quandary. So what are the factors that need to be borne in mind when selecting a DSP that is truly capable of delivering the processing power you need?

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Announcing PLASA Focus: Orlando 2015

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Free registration is open now!

Focus_Orlando_2015_Logo_Banner-webThis will be the second PLASA Focus event to take place in the Sunshine State, happening on Tuesday, February 17 and Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel.

Companies already signed up to exhibit at the show include; Columbus McKinnon, Group One, A.C.T. Lighting, CHAUVET Professional, ETC, Lycian Stage Lighting, Candela Controls, Stage Equipment & Lighting, PixelFLEX, USHIO, TMB, Elation Professional, GLP, Creative Stage Lighting, Barbizon, Bulbtronics, 0EnergyLIGHTING, Harrington Hoist, MainStage Theatrical Supply, Techni-Lux, The Light Source, Ultratec Special Effects, Wenger and JR Clancy, Aeson Event Technologies, Apollo Design Technology and AVID Labs. With many other applications currently being processed, companies interested in exhibiting are advised to move quickly to secure their spots.

Running alongside the show is the highly acclaimed PLASA Professional Development Program which offers two days of free educational seminars and workshops. The program features world-class speakers and is an opportunity for visitors to further develop their industry knowledge, take part in discussions, and have their questions answered.

Planned sessions include Tony Hansen presenting “The Evil Duck – LEDs Today,” Scott Chmielewski on “Mastering the Art of Video” and CHAUVET Professional’s Jim Hutchison presenting “LED Color: The Physiological Experience.”

PLASA members, regional dealers, regional production companies and series exhibitors enjoy substantially discounted space at all PLASA Focus events. Each event targets a unique regional audience that does not travel longer distances to national industry events; in addition, PLASA Focus limits the amount of space that exhibitors can take and provides a unique hard-wall booth package—including material handling, power, lighting, carpet, and furniture—so that each exhibitor enjoys a level playing field and a hassle-free, affordable exhibiting experience.

Free visitor registration is open now at www.plasafocus.com/orlando


Churchmix Live!

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A Creative Audio Training Event Tailored to Church Sound Mixing Teams

November 21 & 22, 2014
Los Angeles, California

Churchmix Live is a 2-day mix training event built for church volunteers and staff. Paul Dexter, a Grammy and Dove award nominated mix engineer walks you through the tips and tricks it takes to create high quality, consistent mixes in your church. On Friday morning, we have a new Pastor and Leadership seminar where we discuss what it takes to create a solid vision which can be then carried out through the technical teams on the weekends.

BONUS: Your Pastors and Worship leaders are invited to attend these Friday sessions at no charge with your paid registration.

Learn more at www.churchmixlive.com

Register here.


Magnify your message!

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Bring attention to everything from your regular services, to guest speaker talks, to special events with our user friendly, gently used camera kits. Perfect for the budget-conscious House of Worship …