Getting the Right Sound System for Your House of Worship

Setting up a full blown PA system for a church or house of worship can be tricky and time-consuming, especially if you are working with a budget made up of donations and contributions from your congregation. You know those funds need to be allocated in the most efficient and sensible way possible. With such an overwhelming amount of options these… Read the rest

The 6 Principles for Choosing a PA System That’s Right for You

Like any sound reinforcement system, a PA system — or Public Address system — has three components:  – A pickup device (such as a microphone) to convert sound waves into an electronic signal  – An amplifier to boost the weak signal produced by the pickup to a level that can power a speaker  – A loudspeaker to convert the electrical… Read the rest

Line Array vs. Point Source PA Systems: Which is Ideal for You?

All PA systems (or public address systems) have three things in common: a microphone to pick up sound, an amplifier to boost it electronically and at least one speaker to broadcast it to a listening audience. Beyond these commonalities, PA systems come in all shapes and sizes, from handheld megaphones at football games to massive, scaffold-mounted systems with dozens… Read the rest

2 PA Systems With Bluetooth Cure Your Audio Presentation Blues

Adding audio to your presentations should be simple: just hit play on your device, and sound comes out of your PA system. Right? As many event planners have found out the hard way, it’s not so easy. Different media players have different audio adapter sizes, cords aren’t always long enough and PA systems don’t always offer enough audio inputs. Fortunately,… Read the rest

5 Tips To Help Event Planners And A/V Technicians Work Together

As an event planner, you’re known for your superhuman feats of organizational strength. You help create your event’s schedule, secure a venue, accommodate the needs of your presenters and register hundreds of attendees, all the while with a deadline and budget looming over your head. The one thing you may need help with, however, is A/V production. Don’t worry, you’re… Read the rest

5 A/V Tricks to Boost Attendee Engagement at Your Next Event

Event planners pride themselves on mastering every detail of their meeting, conference or lecture series. But it’s often easy for planners to overlook the most important event planning detail of all: attendee engagement. Event planners should know that the quality of a venue’s A/V infrastructure plays a critical role in the ability of a presenter to engage an audience. Bad… Read the rest

Need A Mixer? Think Yamaha

A mixer is an essential device for recording and performing artists,  as well as audio engineers. You can use a mixer almost anywhere to help meet your audio needs, including at a recording studio, business conference, church event or school play. If you’re looking for a powerful, reliable and portable mixer, I highly recommend the Yamaha MG166CX 16-Channel Mixer with… Read the rest

Need a PA System? Try the Fender Passport PA System

If you’re looking for a portable, easy-to-use amplifying device that delivers plenty of audio support and power during a performance or event, try a Fender PA system. The Benefits of Using a PA System As the technical director of an a cappella group, I love gear and favor products that deliver power and support. But I am also a… Read the rest

Wireless Mic Tips for the Complete Novice

two wireless microphone on the window -3 Things You Must Know Before You Buy a Wireless Microphone Those of us in the audio industry often take certain facts for granted. We know that a microphone needs a PA system to plug into, that an amplifier needs a speaker to make a sound, and that different sound systems fit different applications. For audio novices – which can… Read the rest

Which Loudspeaker Should You Use With Your Amplifier?

amplifierMatch Amps to Speakers Without Driving Yourself Crazy Matching a loudspeaker to an amplifier is a seemingly arcane process, full of exceptions and confusing “rules-of-thumb” bandied about by quasi-mystic front-of-house engineers and MacGyver-like technicians (gaffer’s tape clutched firmly in hand). For those of us who just want to hook up a simple PA system for our band’s vocalist, or who… Read the rest