Bassist Captures Authentic Jazz Sound With MXL Microphones

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Having been raised by a musical family, Carlos Henriquez was destined to find his passion for the performing arts. As a Juilliard Music Advancement Program (MAP) graduate with an impressive resume, Henriquez joined the Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra in 1998. Over the past 22 years, Henriquez has been touring the world with the orchestra, having been featured on more than 25 albums. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck the U.S. in March, Henriquez found himself attempting to record music from home for the first time. In need of a high-quality microphone to capture pristine recordings in his makeshift home studio, Henriquez turned to MXL Microphone’s REVELATION II tube microphone.

Led by internationally acclaimed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra relies solely on acoustics, not using any amplification or monitors while on stage. With this style of recording, microphones are more important than ever. “For our performances, we solely rely on microphones, which are directed by our Acoustic Sound Engineer David Robinson and Audio Engineer Todd Whitelock,” says Henriquez. “When we first began working from home, I had nothing to offer in terms of sound other than my iPhone and laptop. I ended up capturing a couple of recordings on my iPhone, which Todd was able to work with. However, listening back, it was not the high-quality audio that we are accustomed to at Jazz at Lincoln Center. I knew I needed to do something about it.”

Thanks to its New DAS Audio Sound System, Services at Taylor Church are More Engaging Than Ever

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As an interdenominational, full Gospel, Pentecostal Church where everyone is welcome, Taylor Church (https://www.taylorchurchministries.com/) offers a series of innovative ministries designed to help everyone gain a meaningful worship experience. Recognizing the value of a well-designed sound reinforcement system, church management recently elected to upgrade their sanctuary with a new system that draws from the Event Series catalog of Valencia, Spain -based DAS Audio.

BDH Technical Systems of St. Augustine, FL, a full service audio – video design / build firm that services both the worship and commercial markets, was contracted to design and deploy the church’s new sound system. Working in close cooperation with their business partner, Invisible Audio of Jacksonville, FL (an authorized DAS Audio dealer), BDH Technical Systems penned the new loudspeaker system design that incorporated DAS Event208-AW 3-way powered line array enclosures mated with DAS Event218-A sub bass enclosures. Craig Bruce, a partner at BDH Technical Systems who also serves as the company’s primary system designer, discussed the project.

Watermark Community Church Installs Three Solid State Logic Live Consoles with SuperAnalogue™ Mic Pre Amps as Part of Multi-Location Dante Network

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Watermark Community Church, a nondenominational evangelical church founded by Senior Pastor Todd Wagner in 1999, has long embraced the latest audio-visual technologies to help deliver services to a network of campuses across the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. To improve the audio quality of the message being delivered, not only in-person but also online, the church recently engaged commercial AV design and integration company Nexos to install three Solid State Logic Live consoles — two L200s and an L350 — and to implement a new Dante network at its main Dallas campus.

The recent upgrade, completed shortly before the coronavirus lockdown went into effect, included the installation of a 24-fader SSL Live L350 at front-of-house and a 36-fader L200 at the monitor position in the main Dallas campus’ 4,000-seat auditorium. The third SSL console, another 36-fader L200, is located in the facility’s broadcast and video control room. Worship services typically include in-house and visiting praise bands and musicians and are distributed to satellite campuses in Fort Worth, Plano, Frisco and downtown Dallas, where the pastor’s teachings are integrated into the respective live worship services at those facilities and are also streamed online.

Grade A-listed St. Mark’s Belfast Installs O-Line

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Situated in the Dundela district of Belfast, St Mark’s Church has a remarkable heritage. Historically, it has strong links with the author CS Lewis, whose grandfather was the first rector of the Parish.

Designed by celebrated Gothic architect, William Butterfield, in 1876, it recently underwent a complete overhaul of its sound system, with Martin Audio partners, Rea Sound (under the project management of Roger McMullan), installing the manufacturer’s sleek and discreet O-Line software-optimized micro line array, which is purpose designed for houses of worship.

Lawo Ruby Mixing Console Equips Third On-Air Studio

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Bi-lingual Swiss radio station Canal 3, which broadcasts on two frequencies in the cantons of Berne and Solothurn, has chosen the popular Lawo ruby on-air console, combined with Power Core DSP mixing engine, as the centerpieces of their recently-completed air studio.

Designed for dual duty as both a pre-production studio and a substitute on-air space, this is Canal 3’s third studio equipped with Lawo radio products. 

Vox Church Holds Drive-In Worship with dBTechnologies

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As a response to the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic, New Haven Connecticut-based Vox Church recently held three drive-in worship services using dBTechnologies DVA K5 Active Line Arrays and SUB 18H powered subwoofers. A growing church with seven locations, Vox has standardized on these dBTechnologies models for most of their needs and uses them for “load-in/load-out” services in several locations. This simplifies crew training, speeds setup and makes it easy to configure systems for large events like this.

The drive-in system, used for all three services, consisted of left and right arrays of 11 DVA K5s and a 3×3 end-fire cardioid array of SUB 18H subwoofers. Vox Church FOH engineer, Eugene Mulcahy used dBTechnologies Composer software to design and optimize the DVA arrays. “I did everything Composer told me to do,” he said. “And the predictions were right on. We had good audio out to at least 200 feet.”

LCBC Church Mic Upgrade Takes Sound and Comfort to the Next Level

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LCBC Church, an evangelical megachurch with 14 campuses through Central Pennsylvania, is one of the largest and most well-known churches in America. As such, its leaders expect only the best from the equipment they purchase. When DPA Microphones released the world’s smallest high-end pro audio headset microphone, with a capsule that measures in at just 3 mm (0.12 in) in diameter, LCBC’s audio team took notice. Among the first houses of worship to purchase DPA’s award-winning 6066 CORE Subminiature Headset – one for each of its two primary communicators, the church selected the mic for its high-quality sound, sleek design, enhanced comfort and small form-factor.

“Our teaching team has been using DPA’s 4066 headset mics for years,” says Sean McDermott, Production Director, LCBC Church. “We have always appreciated the audio quality and reliability of that solution. When DPA introduced the 6066, we knew it was an obvious upgrade that would provide a more comfortable experience for our communicators, the classic natural DPA sound and an improved look for our broadcasts.”

Famous for Rocking the Biggest Sports Arenas in the World, Danley Jericho Horns Go to Church

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South Haven Baptist Church in Springfield, Tennessee has been the community center for a steadily growing congregation since 1986. It expanded its campus in 1997 to include a high school and a gym and then expanded again in 2005 to include an elementary school and a daycare facility. After its congregation could no longer comfortably fit in its sanctuary, the church moved services to the high school gym for a number of years. Centerline AV of Hendersonville, Tennessee, designed and installed a Danley Sound Labs sound reinforcement system for the gym, which made the most of an imperfect situation. With an eye to the future, South Haven Baptist Church recently expanded its campus yet again, adding a 1000-seat sanctuary. And again, they called in Centerline AV to design and install an amazing sound reinforcement system centered on a stereo pair of Danley J1-94 Jericho Horns – the same boxes that rock the world’s largest sports arenas.

“South Haven Baptist Church is an independent Baptist church that holds services that are more on the traditional end of the spectrum,” explained Scott Oliver, Centerline AV principal. “Where other Baptist churches would have a praise band, they have a full orchestra, a choir, and a grand piano. Their new sanctuary is a big improvement over the gym that they had been using. The room is a rectangle that is wider than it is deep. Of course, there’s always an element of geometrical challenge when you try to put a speaker – which emits sound as a cone – in a rectangular room, but Danley’s excellent pattern control makes it a lot easier.”

Pleasant Grove Grows With Allen & Heath

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Founded in 1835, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church has come a long way from its founding in an Owensboro, Kentucky log cabin. Just as the church has weathered over 185 years of growing pains and trials and tribulations, the congregation pivoted to social media and streaming services to stay connected in a socially-distanced world. As the church family begins to return to in-person services (at a 33% limited seating capacity with many health and safety precautions in place), an Allen & Heath SQ-7 console and ME personal monitoring system is there to sonically greet them.

“The audio quality difference is night and day,” says Alex Peake, Integration Specialist at JCA Media. “The church had been using another digital console brand before and immediately noted how much easier it is navigating and configuring the SQ. The musicians also appreciated the sonic difference in their in-ear mixes with the ME-1 over what they had before. It is important to provide a system like ME to get the tech out of the way and let the musicians focus on playing and worshiping again.”