Tech Maintenance – How to Lengthen Equipment Life

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It's summertime and churches are going through the inevitable summer slump. Things aren't as hectic and we can all take a breather. This is a great time for preventative maintenance of electronic equipment. Here's a list of things to accomplish to ensure your equipment operates at peak efficiency. AUDIO Blow out fan inlets of the equipment with canned air. Do not invert the cans when ...

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The Key Properties of a Good Mix – And One Often Missed

Honestly, I just don't get it.  I'm at a church or event and the lead vocal is buried or it's over the top loud or the lead instrument is sitting so far back in the mix, the musician could walk off the stage and no one would notice.  What's more is these techs think they've got the mix right - I can tell because they've stopped mixing and look happy! Let me be very clear, I love working with ...

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How to Identify a Blown Speaker

It’s not always obvious if a speaker is malfunctioning. I was back at a church 6 months ago for my once-a-year tune up. Nice d&b speakers, fairly new, and all networked through Dante. But something didn’t sound right. They’ve got a small center line array and a point-source on each side to cover the wings. The center line array usually has more high-end than the side speakers. The last time ...

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What Every Good Music Mix Requires AND How to Do it

How many times have you been at a live event and the audio didn't sound right?  More than once, I'm sure.  And I'll bet the problem had to do with balance.  Balance is all about relationships.  Hang with me guys because I am going to ask you to commit! Mix relationships are the key to good mixes.  It's not about the type of audio console or which plug-ins you have, though those can help.  ...

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Improve Recordings With These Panning Tips

Often, we're mixing in a church with a mono speaker setup but that's no reason to ignore panning when sending a stereo signal out to a recording device. With the popularity of smart-phone usage, there are a number of people who listen to a live/recorded service with headphones. And of course, if people are watching on any type of home system that supports stereo audio, then let's give these people ...

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