Danley Loudspeakers and Subs Contribute to a Phenomenal Renovation at South Coast Christian Church

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South Coast Christian Church in San Juan Capistrano, California, delivers an upbeat, contemporary service to an energetic congregation. However, its aging sound reinforcement system was holding the ambitious worship team back and preventing the full translation of the praise band’s talents and hard work. In coordination with a larger renovation, local AV integration firm Tech Arts designed and installed a new sound reinforcement system for South Coast Christian Church centered on Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers, along with new video and lighting systems.

“Our original sound reinforcement system was decades old and worn out,” said Jeff Wallace, technical director at South Coast Christian Church. “We were running at 25% of capacity!” In conjunction with a larger architectural remodeling, which would remove the soffit that housed the loudspeakers anyway, the church leaders reached out to Tech Arts to completely revamp their AVL system. Working in phases, the Tech Arts team had the new Danley sound reinforcement system installed in time for Christmas celebrations and many weeks of Sunday services before Covid-19 shut things down.

Love Joy Church Finds a Lot of Love and Joy in Its New Danley Sound System

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Love Joy Church has been serving the spiritual needs of its Buffalo, New York congregants since the early 1980s. It has grown considerably from its modest living-room-based, Bible-Study roots and today occupies a beautiful 600-person sanctuary in Lancaster, a suburb of Buffalo. Love Joy’s upbeat services and talented praise band are the heart and soul of its diverse ministerial activities. However, until recently, Love Joy’s congregants regularly complained that speech and lyrics were difficult or impossible to understand. Local AV design and integration firm TSH Audio fixed the problem with new Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers that leverage Tom Danley’s patented designs to deliver speech and music that is clear and impactful.

“The existing sound system at Love Joy Church was dated and the design didn’t work for the space from the start,” explained Timothy Harris, the principle and design engineer for TSH AV. “The coverage was minimal, and there were a lot of boxes at the front of the stage to compensate. But as often happens, more was less. Many people couldn’t hear the message, but if they turned the system louder, other people complained that it was painful.”

DPA 4097 Core Micro Shotgun Finds Additional Role as a Plant Mic

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DPA Microphones’ new 4097 CORE Micro Shotgun Microphone is being widely adapted into the television and film production world as a plant mic solution. Featuring the same sonic qualities as the brand’s supercardioid 4097 CORE Choir Microphone, the compact 4097 CORE Micro Shotgun has been optimized to pick up speech from a distance.

“We spoke with professional sound engineers to find out what they needed in their toolboxes and designed the 4097 CORE Micro Shotgun as a plant mic solution to complement their other equipment,” says René Mørch, product manager, DPA Microphones. “Ideal for miking in small spaces, the 4097 CORE Micro Shotgun has a small footprint and clear audio pickup. The sonic qualities of the 4097 CORE Micro Shotgun are particularly beneficial for placing mics in inconspicuous locations as it enables location sound experts to capture sound from anywhere on set. Used in combination with our boom mics and lavaliers, the 4097 Micro Shotgun becomes the final piece of a complete microphone package to meet the needs of any TV or film production. Since the 4097 has the same sonic characteristics as all DPA mics, it is now easy to capture reliable, high-quality audio that doesn’t need dubbing or hours of mixing and post-production work.”

Audio-Technica Launches New Redesigned Website

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Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, has announced the launch of its newly redesigned website at www.audio-technica.com. The site creates a completely new user experience for the Audio-Technica brand and was developed with a mobile-first philosophy. As with any contemporary web platform, the site features a responsive design architecture that translates to whatever device the visitor is using, thereby optimizing their experience. Featuring an intuitive and interactive resource that is content-focused with the latest information on Audio-Technica’s comprehensive range of microphones, headphones, turntables, cartridges and commercial audio products, the new website also offers enhanced e-commerce functionality that facilitates smooth, quick online transactions 24/7 with free shipping on purchases within the U.S. The new site serves customers in the United States, Canada, Latin America and EMEA and includes a streamlined navigation, leading visitors to their destination with fewer clicks.

“The new A-T site was designed with a mobile-first philosophy, meaning that all visitors to the site can expect the same high level of brand experience no matter their device – mobile, tablet or desktop,” stated Peter Baker, Audio-Technica U.S. Creative Director. “The mobile-first approach is essential for any forward-looking brand that is moving with the speed of their customers’ online expectations. The basic aesthetic of the Audio-Technica brand is simplicity, and all of our communications reflect a clean and simplistic approach, which allows our products and photography to do the talking. There are no unnecessary distractions, and we communicate our diverse product mix without being overwhelming to our users.”

Southard Audio Brings Harrisonburg’s Divine Unity Church outdoors with Martin Audio WPS

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Virginia’s Southard Audio recently overcame the challenges of lockdown when it deployed its brand new Martin Audio WPS system for the first time, helping the congregants of Harrisonburg’s Divine Unity Church to move outdoors for a special, socially-distanced service.

The event marked the first time that the company was able to use its WPS system, which recently joined the large format WPL system that Southard Audio has been using for a year.

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.”

How to Improve Audio in AV Installations: Waves Commercial Audio Webinar

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Join us to learn how you can improve audio quality dramatically in AV installations, with Waves’ new Commercial Audio products, CA1000 and CA2000.
Greg Kopchinski, WavesLive & Waves Commercial Audio Product Manager, will provide an overview of the features and capabilities of these new DSP engines. Waves CA products dramatically improve speech intelligibility and audio playback quality using professionally curated processing presets that are inserted on Dante-based installations.

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.

PreSonus ATOM SQ Keyboard/Pad Controller Lets You Create Virtually Anywhere

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A versatile and expressive MIDI keyboard/pad controller for contemporary music production and performance, the new PreSonus® ATOM SQ features a staggered 32-pad layout that’s instantly familiar to both keyboard players and drum programmers. These pressure-sensitive pads feature poly aftertouch, enabling truly expressive performances, and their RGB LEDs make for gorgeous, intuitive, customizable color-coordination of your samples and loops.

ATOM SQ is all about the joy of creating a groove while in the groove. Set up a couple of loop points and bang out your beats and melodies on the fly, without getting bogged down in menus, setup, or configuration. A built-in arpeggiator and user-configurable touch strip provide even more expressive control. Advanced features let you change the keyboard scale and map the eight assignable rotary encoders to control almost any parameter. An LCD screen displays context-sensitive information and uses a dynamic button system that changes function depending on the task at hand.