Proper Microphone Hygiene

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from DPA


Much of the time, microphones are used in situations where germs can spread with ease. This can especially be the case in houses of worship, with many different users using mics held or placed close to the mouth. In all situations, cleaning your mics regularly is a good idea for everyone.

With COVID-19 causing havoc these days, it is especially vital to take all the steps we can to stay healthy. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to clean your mics, here are our tips. Wash your hands, stay safe and remember to support your fellow human beings.

AVIXA Opens Online Training to All Through to June 19

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From Avixa:

“As COVID-19 impacts our daily lives, much of our AV community is looking at extended home office time. As part of our commitment to the industry in these unprecedented times, AVIXA is opening online training* to all AV professionals, regardless of membership level.

Effective immediately, we are waiving online access fees and Elite seat limitations through June 12. That means you and your entire team can now access AVIXA’s online training.

We hope this will give you and your team the opportunity to learn new topics, work toward CTS certification, or earn CTS-RUs if already CTS certified, even if you are home.”

Yes, you read that right! This is a GREAT opportunity for your church tech teams to really drill down and learn about the technology behind the gear they are using. Not only will it help pass the time, but it will make your tech team STRONGER, and your live worship even more engaging and technically impressive than ever before.

To learn more, visit https://www.avixa.org/avixa-stands-with-the-av-industry

Why Pastors Should Have Personal Microphones

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Sharing is usually seen as a virtuous act, but this isn’t the case when it comes to a pastor’s microphone. It may not seem like a problem that a dozen people share one microphone at your church. You probably use the house mic at conferences and when you’re on the road without thinking twice about it. But you may be putting your health and the health of others at risk by sharing a mic.

Sharing Mics Can Spread Disease
During cold and flu season you probably take precautions to stay healthy and to make sure you don’t sicken others if you come down with a cold. You use hand sanitizer, sneeze into your elbow, and keep shared surfaces clean. So why do you keep sharing microphones?

Microphones get contaminated with cold and flu germs in a number of ways. First, keep in mind how close the mic is to your mouth. As you speak or sing you are getting your saliva all over the mic. Sometimes you might even cough or sneeze on it. If it’s a handheld microphone, you also have the opportunity to slather the barrel of the mic with germs from your hands. Pop and wind filters are especially good at harboring germs because they can remain moist for a long time. Many mics also have integrated windscreens that can’t be easily changed or cleaned.

Waves Audio Now Shipping MultiMod Rack, the World’s Most Versatile Multiband Distortion & Saturation Suite

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Waves Audio, the world’s leading developer of professional audio signal processing technologies and leading maker of audio plugins for mixing, music production, mastering, sound design, broadcast, post-production and live sound, is now shipping MultiMod Rack, a multiband modulation rack for Waves’ latest distortion plugins.
MultiMod Rack is a powerhouse suite that takes multiband distortion to the next level of both musical creativity and precision engineering. It allows music producers to create the wildest palette of richly modulatable distortion FX; and it allows mixing engineers to achieve multiband distortion and saturation with pinpoint surgical precision.

Upgrade to Riedel Bolero Wireless Intercom Brings High-Quality and Reliable Communications to Teatro Diana in Guadalajara, Mexico

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Riedel Communications today announced that Teatro Diana, a 2,400-seat theater in Guadalajara, Mexico, has chosen the occasion of its 15th anniversary to upgrade its entire communications infrastructure to Riedel’s Bolero stand-alone wireless intercom.
“Reliable intercom systems are critical for all of our live shows, including plays, concerts, conferences, and cinema screenings,” said Wolfgang Schmitz, Production Chief, Teatro Diana. “Bolero’s renowned audio quality, reliability, and flexibility attracted us from the beginning, and we could see Bolero would offer the easiest integration and most flexible programming capabilities. We know we can count on Bolero for events of all types and sizes.”

Danley Sound Labs’ SBH-Series Loudspeakers Moves Toronto’s Knox Presbyterian Church From Cavernous, Inarticulate Sound to Fantastic Intelligibility and Musicality

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The history of Knox Presbyterian Church in Toronto, Ontario stretches back all the way to 1820, and it has been in its current building across the street from the University of Toronto since 1909. Its ornate, high-ceiling sanctuary accommodates 550 people and inspires congregants with its sublime beauty. Unfortunately, Knox’s sound reinforcement system was nowhere close to commensurate. Poor intelligibility was largely due to a renovation that radically changed the acoustic nature of the space rendering the previous system untenable. Couple that with a transition from traditional to contemporary music forms created the perfect storm that left the church with inarticulate sound. The AV integration department at local music store Sherwood recently changed all that with a new sound reinforcement system that leverages the exceptional pattern control of Danley Sound Labs SBH-Series loudspeakers. The new Danley system keeps energy off the walls and treats congregants to crystal-clear, point-source fidelity.

Hearing Is Believing: It’s All Danley Gear For New Land O’Lakes Campus

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Now celebrating its twenty-sixth year, Grace Family Church started with just eighty people in a former jazzercise storefront next to a bar in Tampa, Florida. It has subsequently grown to over 12,000 members! To accommodate so many members, Grace Family Church operates satellite campuses. Its sixth campus opened in Land O’ Lakes, a suburb of Tampa, and AVL firm All Pro Integrated Systems, of Pensacola, Florida, helped design and install the AVL system there. Since many of the decision-makers at Grace Family Church had never heard a Danley Sound Labs system, All Pro arranged for a demo that proved persuasive. The now-finished system includes Danley’s patented point-source Synergy Horn loudspeaker technology, its patented Tapped Horn subwoofer technology, and seven Danley multi-channel amplifiers with built-in DSP and presets for every Danley loudspeaker and subwoofer. Perhaps in the spirit of its origins, the Land O’ Lakes campus is built into a former big box store… but instead of just eighty, it can accommodate 1,000 people!

Summit Woods Baptist Church Benefits From Danley Sound Lab Fidelity, Pattern Control, and Small Footprint

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Summit Woods Baptist Church is a large but relatively young church in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. It moved into its first permanent sanctuary in 2004, a space that it had helped to design. Although most aspects of the 650-capacity, fan-shaped sanctuary (with room to expand to 1,000) were serving the congregation well, its acoustics and sound reinforcement were not. Their blended service style – everything from a contemporary band to choir to orchestral instruments – lacked the impact it deserved. Avoiding the expense, footprint, comb filtering, and destroyed sightlines of a line array, AV integration firm Advanced Sound & Communication, of Kansas City, Missouri, designed and installed a Danley Sound Labs system with excellent intelligibility, pattern control that minimizes the impact of the poor acoustics, and a small footprint that maintains a clear view of the video screens and stained glass windows from any pew.

Martin Audio Announces Two High-Performance Cardioid Subwoofers

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Flyable SXCF118 and SXC115 purpose designed to partner WPS and WPM line arrays

Martin Audio has announced the release of two new compact, high performance cardioid subwoofers, the SXCF118 and the SXC115, suitable for both live sound reinforcement and fixed installations.

The SXCF118 is a flyable version of the SXC118 released last year and has been purpose designed to accompany the WPS optimized line array system, while the ground stack SXC115 is set to partner WPM.

The SXCF118 combines maximum low frequency output with exceptional pattern control. It features an 18” (460mm) forward facing driver and a 14” (356mm) rear facing driver, each driven independently by separate amplifier channels and DSP. Each driver has its own chamber with optimized bass reflex porting.

This arrangement produces a cardioid dispersion pattern which maximizes the front radiation, while reducing unwanted radiation behind the subwoofer. The recommended iK42 amplifier optimizes the DSP parameters for front and rear drivers to maximize the rear rejection—from 21dB at 43Hz to 28dB at 75Hz. This keeps low frequencies away from stages and walls as well as reducing reverberant energy in the room—greatly improving low frequency response accuracy and impact.