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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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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Humility and Reconciliation

[Post by Brian Gowing] My last article definitely struck a nerve with more responses affirming situations that we all hope, as technical ministry folks, don’t want to experience but they continue to happen. Reading some of the replies just tore my heart out. If only the pastors or worship leaders could see they are creating the very toxic environment they preach against during a service. I wonder ...

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When Church Staff Just Doesn’t Understand

Remember Y2K? The greatest anti-climactic disaster of the last century? A few days after 2000 started, the pundits started wondering what the big deal was since everything (for the most part) worked and the world didn’t disappear into a nuclear meltdown. (If you weren’t in the IT field during that time you’d never know the tremendous amount of behind-the-scenes work needed to get to reach the ...

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Make Custom In-Ear Monitors for $10

Are custom molded in-ears that easy to make?  How do they sound?  I’d seen the how-to videos so I decided to give it a try. The results were surprising. I use a set of Logitech Ultimate Ears UE600 IEMs on the road, good for what I need without being so pricey I worry about I losing them. They sound pretty good and flat with maybe a touch too much high-end. I busted a ten-spot out of my ...

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