Handheld PA’s & Megaphones

January 19, 2016 | Leave a comment

Hand-Held PA’s & Megaphones: There Is No Such Thing As A Small Audience

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Church Sound Systems & the Volunteer Engineer

January 18, 2016 | Leave a comment

In setting up the sound system in a church or house of worship, it is important to remember that your sound engineer is usually a volunteer or at most a part-time professional. To accommodate volunteer sound engineers, the sound board should allow easy operation. By the same token, even the most straight forward sound system requires a sound engineer who is dependable, cooperative and has a “good ear”. Ideally he or she should be knowledgeable about overall sound operation, and familiar with your particular sound system’s technical strengths and limitations. Ultimately the person who operates your sound board can – quite literally – make or break or your sound system.

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8 Features of Tabletop Lecterns & Lectern Housings to Consider Before Buying

January 13, 2016 | Leave a comment

All lecterns theoretically fit on a table or desktop, and, unlike free-standing podiums (that stand on their own pod or foot), lecterns are relatively small and portable.

But some lecterns are less portable than others. These lecterns tradeoff weight and portability for other features that may be of equal or greater importance.

As a result, tabletop lecterns come in a variety of sizes and shapes that serve a wide variety of functions.

With so many different models to choose from, how can you tell which portable tabletop lectern is right for you?

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Signal Flow of a Typical PA Setup

January 13, 2016 | Leave a comment

PA systems come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes to fit many different tasks, from music amplification to speech reinforcement. But all systems have three components in common:

An input transducer (such as a microphone or pickup) to intercept a sound signal and convert it into an electronic signal

An amplifier to boost the weak signal produced by the pickup to a level that can power a speaker

An output transducer (such as a loudspeaker) to convert the electrical impulse from the amplifier back into sound waves that move through the air to the ears of listeners

From this foundation, more complicated PA systems can evolve that include mixers or mixing consoles, extra speakers, preamps, and many other externals.

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Powered Megaphones & Bullhorns Amplify Speech

January 13, 2016 | Leave a comment

Megaphones, also known as bullhorns, are instantly recognizable because of their distinctive conical or bell shape.

For literally thousands of years sound, and particularly the human voice, have been projected by megaphones. This is due to the natural acoustic properties of a parabaloid. The shape concentrates and focuses sound waves to make them travel further than they normally would but only in a relatively narrow arc.

The same acoustic principle (in reverse) applies to the ear trumpet, which was perfected in the 18th and 19th centuries to gather sound for the hearing impaired.

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Get a Podium & PA System That’s Right for You

January 12, 2016 | Leave a comment

Are you looking for a PA system for your next formal event that not only amplifies voices but also dignifies your presentation?

Podiums provide such features as  built-in sound systems, authoritative appearance, and portability to a wide variety of presentations.

Podiums are incredibly versatile, with styles and features to accommodate rooms and venues of virtually any size and style.

A well-selected podium blends function with form to give presentations an added air of polish and gravitas. From corporate boardrooms to houses of worship to school auditoriums to the White House, podiums are an essential part of formal presentations – both big and small.

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A Rain-or-Shine Solution for Outdoor Events

January 12, 2016 | Leave a comment

Summer’s arrival means different things to different people: boat races, baseball games, parades, even marching band competitions.

What do all these events have in common?

For each of these events, it’s crucial to get a portable sound system that lets your voice be heard in all kinds of weather conditions.

Loud hailer PA systems do just that as they rally your friends and fans!

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8 Features to Consider When Shopping for a Midsize PA System

January 11, 2016 | Leave a comment

When purchasing a midsize portable PA system there are a lot of things to consider to ensure you make the best choice for both your venue and your budget. By taking the time to consider these 8 key features, you can rest easy knowing you’ve selected the perfect system to meet your specific needs.

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7 Outdoor Sound Reinforcement Solutions

January 11, 2016 | Leave a comment

For outdoor events, you need a sound reinforcement system that packs the power necessary to make your voice and/or music heard. Here are 7 outdoor sound reinforcement solutions that will meet this challenge and keep your events running smoothly!

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3 Sound Solutions to Help Get the Word Out

January 8, 2016 | Leave a comment

Most churches and houses of worship are subject to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

This means that, for public meetings and religious services, ADA-compliant listening systems should be available on premises.

Even houses of worship which are exempt from ADA compliance have found that having a listening system can increase attendance and make religious services a more fulfilling experience for many.

Having assistive listening devices (ALDs) on hand not only serves elderly and hard-of-hearing parishioners, but also parents with babies or young children who may have to step outside for a few moments.

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