May 5, 2015 – 10:00am – 5:00pm Join high-profile audio engineers Jeff Sandstrom and Stephen Bailey for a special training event for house-of-worship tech/audio staff and volunteers. Presentations and hands-on …
TFWM: Tell us a bit about Ultimate Ears.
Philippe: When UE was founded, it focused more on just a few products, and about three years ago we decided that just focusing on products wasn’t a good long term investment strategy. We decided we needed to understand our customer and their needs better, in order to delight the customer at all their touch points. We believe we have the opportunity at every touch point to either impress or disappoint a customer, and there is no single point in this stage that isn’t as important as any other stage. We constantly gather feedback from our customers on how we are doing, where they’re at, etc. We review the feedback we’re getting, the issues they’re facing, etc. and make their journey with us easier.
Over the last three years we’ve decided to reinvent UE and have become true partners with musicians on all levels. What we’re trying to do is make the customer journey the best it can be, from research to purchase and, finally, the customer support we offer. Our goal is to remove any barriers related to purchasing and owning a custom In-ear monitor, and make using in-ears so easy that it’s almost a no-brainer for people to move to monitor mixers.
TFWM: UE has revolutionized the way custom in-ears are made. Tell us about this new process.
New research this Easter shows that worldwide six out of ten (63%) citizens say they are religious, while one in five (22%) say they are not and one in ten (11%) consider themselves convinced atheists. In Africa and the Middle East more than 8 out of 10 people (86% and 82% respectively) portray themselves as religious while 7 out of 10 say so in Eastern Europe and America (71% and 66% respectively) and 6 out of 10 (62%) in Asia, say they are.
WIN/Gallup International, the world’s leading association in market research and polling, has today published its latest data exploring the religious beliefs of 63,898 people from 65 countries across the globe.
Western Europe and Oceania are where opinions are most polarized between those who think of themselves as religious or not with around 4 out of 10 respondents (43% who say they are religious and 37% who say they are not in W. Europe and 44% versus 37% respectively in Oceania) choosing one of these two options. It is also, in these two regions and in Asia where the largest number of atheists are found – slightly over 1 out of 10 in each region (Western Europe: 14%; Asia 14%; Oceania 12%).
by Chuck Mitchell
I know we all love our 57 for ’bout everything when we’re in a pinch with little to choose from. BUT when it comes to getting incredible mileage and versatility out of a pair of compact, affordable microphones, my winner is a pair of DPA 4061’s, currently available as a pair in kit form, model SMK-SC4061.
These mics are omni directional, which you would think presents issues. But in most cases, their micro size allows for them to have advantages where tight proximity is an option. Many times I show up at gigs with all kinds of compromising mics on the Piano. I usually bring these mics and use them for piano more than anything. They come with very cool, small magnet mounts that allow for virtually any placement around the harp area. Sometimes I combine them with an SM57 on the underside of the piano, about 1/3 down between the floor and the sound board for warmth and/or additional gain. However, they perform GREAT in the studio for recording an acoustic guitar in stereo. I just hang them about a foot away dangling from a horizontal boom mic stand. Its like you’re just sitting in front of the guitar. For live nylon or acoustic without a pickup, I just use one of the accessory mounts or a small piece of tape to mount it just out of reach of the hole and player’s space, under the frets.
by Bryan Cole
LED walls are increasingly being used in HoW worldwide as prices become more affordable. Once considered a tool for only the largest mega-churches with budgets to purchase them and the staff to operate them, LED walls are now within reach of smaller organizations with more mainstream budgets. Here we discuss three important aspects to consider before purchasing an LED wall.
The color emanating directly from an LED is very vivid, and very high in contrast – many will say that content on an LED Video wall “really pops.” LED video walls have no problem competing with ambient room light, and they also coexist quite well with theatrical lighting.
Depending on the pixel pitch chosen, a single cabinet can have over 16,000 3-color LEDs. While conversion from Nits (the measure of light output often used for LED walls) to Lumens (the measure of reflected light used for projection) is not a direct process, since one involves area and another does not, even a modest 1200 Nit LED wall is significantly brighter than most single projectors are capable of. This is why in high ambient light situations, projectors are often “stacked” – two devices sending the same image to the same screen to meet minimum brightness requirements for the venue. By comparison, a 1200 Nit LED wall would actually be too bright in some more theatrical-style church lighting situations.
Education Program for Houses of Worship Returns to Orlando for Infocomm 2015
Join Technologies for Worship Magazine and our partners, Church Tech Leaders and Infocomm, for over three days of seminars geared specifically to the House of Worship market.
Running from June 16 to June 18 at the Orange County Convention Center, seminars include:
- Why LEDs Turn Rubber Duckies Evil
- Choosing the Best Audio Network for Your Needs
- The Wireless Spectrum Auction and its Importance to HoW
- Video Creation to Completion (from Storyboards to Final Edits)
- Building a Lighting System for Houses of Worship
- The Pursuit of Motion, Resolution and Image Quality
- How to Develop Your Audio Volunteers
- LIVE Production Tips
- Mixing Worship 201
- Visual Worship – What Does it Mean?
- Plus many more!
The Technologies for Worship Pavilion, located at booth 6878 on the show floor, will also be running free hands-on workshops, feature live worship bands performing multiple times a day over the course of the show, and have technical experts on-hand to answer your questions.
For more information and to register for your seminars, please click here.
Partners include DPA Microphones, Digital Projection International (DPI), Kramer Electronics, LAWO, ProCo (RapcoHorizon), Renkus-Heinz and Skylark Audio Video.
If you have any questions, please call Michelle Makariak, Editor at 705-500-4978, or Darryl Kirkland, Publisher, at 905-690-4709.
Tectonic Audio Labs has produced a 21-part technical video series explaining the function, performance and application of Distributed Mode Loudspeaker (DML) technology. Unlike traditional speaker systems that utilize pistonic cone and compression drives to produce audio, Tectonic speakers employ large format flat panel DML resonant mode devices to propagate audio.
“DMLs produce audio in a fundamentally different way than a typical loudspeaker does”, explains Tim Whitwell, physicist and DML expert. “This technology can seem quite counterintuitive to those not familiar with resonant mode devices.”
The Tectonic Technical Video Series condenses over three hours of conversations between Whitwell and transducer & loudspeaker systems engineer Marcelo Vercelli. Together they explore and explain DML technology. Each five minute video module covers a single topic in detail. Titles include:
- How DMLs Work – Parts 1-4
- DMLs vs. Pistonic Transducers
- DML Feedback Resistance
- DMLs In Reverberant Spaces
- DML Stereo Imaging
“We set-up a video library on our web site that allows visitors to easily browse and sample topics of interest”, says Scott Garside, Marketing Director. “There is a wealth of information here that provides a fundamental understanding of resonant mode audio propagation. The function and benefits of DMLs are quite remarkable.”
The Tectonic Technical Video Library is available at:
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