Are Crowd Mics a Potential Game Changer?

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A couple months ago, I wrote about the various problems that arise when people choose not to use microphones during large meetings or classes. In particular, I was discussing the negative impacts this choice has on people who have some type of hearing issue or hearing loss. I wrote about my belief that all rooms […]

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New Bose Array Tool Software Makes Sound System Design Quicker

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Bose Professional today announced the release of the Bose Array Tool, a new software application to help make sound system design smarter for AV professionals. The software features an intuitive workflow that requires minimal training. The Bose Array Tool brings variables — such as room size, budget constraints, loudspeaker model and placement — under control. […]

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Genelec Launches Smart IP Audio Platform at ISE 2019

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Genelec is unveiling a unique open IP networking technology platform at ISE 2019. This platform is aimed specifically at the installation market and will deliver power, audio and scalable loudspeaker system configuration, supervision and calibration features via a single, standard Cat5 cable. This novel technology will be rolled out over a range of Genelec’s installed […]

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Listen to What Is Being Said (If You Can)

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We recently had a email thread at my institution discussing whether people should use microphones as a standard at all meetings. The discussion started as a result of people having a hard time hearing during faculty meetings. Interestingly, this discussion took a different direction that previous ones had. It was focused on accessibility and how […]

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Biamp Acquires Cambridge Sound Management

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Biamp, a supplier of professional audio and video solutions based in Beaverton, Ore., today announced the acquisition of Cambridge Sound Management (CSM) from Gladstone Investment Corp. Headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, CSM is a leader in the fast-growing sound masking market. CSM provides direct and in-plenum sound masking solutions and is a frequently installed sound masking […]

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Studio Technologies Intros 5412 Audio Interface and 5418 Mic/Line Interface

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Studio Technologies introduces the Model 5412 Audio Interface and the Model 5418 Mic/Line Interface, two new Dante-compliant solutions for applications that use Audio-over-Ethernet (AoE) network connectivity. The Model 5412 supports analog line-level inputs and outputs, and is available in two versions — one with eight input and eight output channels, and the other with 16 […]

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Klipsch Sets Up One Stop Shop at CEDIA 2018

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Klipsch will spotlight its One Stop Shop capabilities at CEDIA 2018. Klipsch offers a diverse range of premium audio solutions for residential and professional applications – including cinema, commercial, distributed audio, wireless, outdoor and home theater. Offerings also include innovative installation technologies that save integrators time and money, an online portal to place and track […]

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ClearOne Expands Ceiling Microphone Array Line at InfoComm with Debut of its Ceiling Microphone Array Dante Model

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ClearOne introduced a new addition to its ceiling microphone array product line – the ClearOne Ceiling Microphone Array Dante at InfoComm 2018. The new ClearOne Ceiling Microphone Array Dante features easily-identified numbered mic elements, an LED indicator for On/Off/Mute, the ability to daisy-chain up to four ceiling microphone arrays to make twelve channel microphone systems, […]

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Church Technology Conferences

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After a week-long intensive at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB), it may feel too soon to start thinking about another conference. Then again, a major reason your firm goes to these conferences is to connect with potential buyers, reconnect with existing clients and see for yourself what others in the audio, video and […]

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Audio and Video Missing from AV Social Media

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The future of reaching each vertical, including the House of Worship (HOW) market, has a big stake in social media advertising, engagement and user-generated stories. Like the social media landscape, the audiovisual space often looks like a nascent, promising industry on the verge of something significant. Unlike the social media brands, the audiovisual industry is […]

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HARMAN Pro Ships JBL Professional 7 Series Powered Monitors

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HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced JBL Professional 7 Series Powered studio monitors are now shipping. The new JBL 705P and 708P self-powered models deliver superb imaging and neutral response in any room. The 7 Series Powered studio monitors feature newly developed JBL high- and low-frequency transducers driven by dual 250-watt power amplifiers to deliver what JBL says is two-to-three […]

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Alcons Extends Coverage Of The QR24 Line-Source Column

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The QR24/110 is a modular two-way column loudspeaker to be used as scalable vertical array system, for both permanent and (limited) portable applications. It combines a 1:1 linear and dynamic sound reproduction with superb intelligibility and throw, in even the acoustically most challenging environments. The symmetrical acoustic design, in combination with the wide, patented 110-degree horizontal dispersion of the […]

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Selling to Churches? Learn from Amazon Prime

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Churches have needs for audio, video and lighting (AVL) technology far more often than most manufacturers or systems integrators know. From changing sermon series with new scenic stage designs every few weeks to the addition or renovation of multi-site venues to production tech upgrades, churches utilize AVL tech week in and week out. It is […]

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Sennheiser’s InfoComm 2017 Plans

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At InfoComm 2017, Sennheiser will showcase its comprehensive range of dedicated business products. For the first time at a US event of this kind, the audio specialist will be presenting the new TeamConnect Wireless Tray-M Set, a more compact configuration of the innovative wireless conferencing solution for up to 12 participants, as well as the SpeechLine Boundary 114‑S DW microphone – a […]

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The Rise of Business Intelligence for AVL in Churches

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Churches deal in large inventories of complex Audio, Video and Lighting (AVL) technology across multiple venues and increasingly across multiple campuses. The advent of the church technical director in the 1970s has become a standard role in even medium-sized churches where the ubiquitous presence of AVL is the norm, not the exception. What these churches […]

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Cost Depreciation and the Amortization of Church AVL Technology

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How do you make that large technology investment look approachable? Sell the cost-per-service value. To help churches invest wisely in their Audio, Video and Lighting (AVL) technologies, start with defining value before price is discussed. The price should be what something is after the church buyers have determined the value they can expect to meet […]

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Vendors, Market Development Funds and the Faith Market

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Manufacturers want to help systems integrators sell their products so they provide funds to help co-promote the equipment with the vendor. It’s been this way for as long as I can remember, whether it is called “co-op funds” or “market development funds” (MDF) or “channel funding,” the idea is to influence the sale towards the […]

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Corporate Culture and The AVL Industry

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There’s a pattern of overworked teams in the audio, video and lighting industry. From the manufacturers to systems integrators, the lunch conversations at industry trade shows is almost universally the same: too many projects, not enough time, too many quotas, not enough qualified leads. Some of this is certainly due to a business-as-usual approach that […]

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The Three Times Churches Buy Audio, Video and Lighting

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There are three main reasons churches upgrade or outright add new equipment: when entering a new building program, when renovating an existing building or when expanding into new technology areas such as multi-site or online services. Given the history most churches had with learning their technology lessons on audio systems (the first systems they use), […]

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Church Online: AVL Upgrades Needed

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Church online: where local churches are hosting either live or video on demand services for attendees who are not at their physical church campuses. Yep, thanks to the technology the Audio/Video/Lighting (AVL) industry manufactures, a rapidly growing number of churches have taken their church services to the congregant, online. In my study of this growth, […]

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Beale Street Audio Ships New Ultra-Slim LCR Loudspeaker

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Beale Street Audio is introducing its Left/Center/Right Channel (LCR) loudspeaker. The super-slim, two-way in-wall “Pancake” LCR speaker measures less than three inches deep and is designed for international installations where the space between walls and ceilings is limited. The LCR Pancake can be installed vertically or horizontally depending on the application such as a Left, […]

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[INFOGRAPHIC]: Wireless Connectivity Fueling the Latest Wave of the Audio Renaissance

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At CES 2016 in Las Vegas we are sure to see that wireless connectivity is rapidly becoming a standard fit on a wide range of audio devices. This is a reaction to the consumer demand for both the playout of music from smartphones and from streamed music services such as Spotify. Futuresource research reveals that […]

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