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.

Special signage webinar series from SpinetiX: Register now!

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While quarantining and social distancing is the right prescription to combat COVID-19, adapting a business-as-usual attitude while working remotely is essential.

This is why SpinetiX has devised a special series of hands-on webinars and demos to help you improve your digital signage skills and get up to speed from the comfort of your home or office. Register for the next available session.

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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

What You Need to Know about Truss Inspections

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Properly inspecting your truss will ensure that it is in safe working condition each time the truss is used.

The Entertainment Services and Technology Association’s Technical Standard Program developed the ANSI Entertainment Technology Standard E1.2 which contains minimum required inspection routines and guidelines for truss inspection. This standard is available for download at www.ESTA.org.

ANSI E1.2 defines three types of truss inspections:

  • Initial Inspection
  • Frequent Inspection
  • Periodic Inspection

Initial inspection is required when truss is acquired, whether purchased new from the manufacturer or used. Dated records shall be kept on file by the owner and maintained for the duration of the possession of the truss.

Frequent inspections are defined as visual inspections to be conducted prior to each use and immediately after any incident that may have in any way caused damage to the system or truss. Records are not required to be kept for Frequent Inspections.

World’s Largest Online Library for Biblical Content Offers Extended Free Access During COVID-19

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RightNow Media Helps Christians Stay Connected to God’s Word By Providing Free Access to a Selection of Video Resources

In recognition of the CDC’s recommendation to halt all gatherings of fifty individuals or more for the next eight weeks, RightNow Media, the world’s largest and most trusted library for online biblical content, is now offering extended free access to a selection of video resources. Content provided through the free trial includes Bible studies on a variety of relevant topics such as fear and anxiety as well as kids’ shows and content for Christian professionals through the RightNow Media @ Work app.

“Our mission has always been to serve the church. In times like these when the church is forced to operate in new ways, we want to be there to help. Since many people are now home-bound for a season, we believe this is a time when we can provide some encouraging and helpful content,” said RightNow Media President Brian Mosley. “We want anyone in the country or the world to have free access to some specific resources that we think could be beneficial in these uncertain times. We have chosen content that can help those with anxiety or fear as well as content that can help parents who find themselves with kids at home more than usual.”

Individuals and organizations that do not currently have access to RightNow Media can sign up for the new special account via the following link: www.rightnowmedia.org

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.