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Digital Consoles: Bang for Under $10,000 Bucks

High-end innovations and feature sets continue to trickle down to these affordable units and churches large and small are benefitting.


 
First Impression: Waves SoundGrid Studio System

New system takes on all plug-in processing, freeing up your native system. At the same time it connects your devices on a network accessible by multiple host computers. Lots of interesting possibilities here.


 
The DI Defined

“DI” stands for “Direct Injection,” a term that goes way back to the formative days of the sound and recording industry. The concept is simple: the DI is intended to interface the output of an instrument, or that of an instrument’s amplifier, to the input of the sound system…usually through the mixing console.


 
Review: SSL Live Console

Most digital consoles will let you re-arrange the faders. But SSL takes it to a new level of simplicity by letting you drag faders or entire tiles from one bank to another.


 
First Look: Sony PCM-D100 Portable High-Resolution Audio Recorder

The sound quality is excellent. An acoustic guitar recorded at the highest resolution is incredibly detailed and accurate.


 
Review: dbx DriveRack PA2 Loudspeaker Management System

The DriveRack PA2 picks up where DriveRack PA+ left off.


 
Review: Allen & Heath ME-1 Personal Monitor Mixer

The configuration is flexible and can grow and change with your needs. With 16 configurable keys, the unit is capable of mixing 40 inputs—a feature that blew away our reviewer.


 
PreSonus Delivers Dante Networking for StudioLive AI Loudspeakers

No-hassle, self-configuring, plug-and-play digital audio networking


 
Review: PreSonus Eris E8 High-Definition Active Studio Monitors

How well the E8 compared to my near-field monitors (at several times the price) was an eye-opener. Entry-level speakers have made huge strides in recent years.


 
First Impression: Dante Via

New Audinate software program being introduced at InfoComm turns any computer into an audio network bridge


 
Pivitec Introduces MADI to Ethernet AVB Network Audio Interface

The company says it is the world’s first AVB to MADI bridge.


 
Review: Waves SoundGrid Extreme Server

If you have yet to dive into the world of audio effect plug-ins, there are literally hundreds of options. Waves has made it easy to jump into a whole new world of sonic possibilities.


 
Digital V 2.0: Tech Trends in Large Consoles

From interface advancements to enhanced networking and mobile control, progression is at the heart of the digital movement


 
Earthworks FlexWand FW730 Microphone System

With a mic-to-choir distance of six feet, an 80-voice-choir can be fully covered with three FlexWand microphones, vs. at least six typical cardioid mics.


 
Review: Countryman H6 Headset Microphone

Gary Parks reviews Countryman's H6 Headset Microphone and finds it ready for the rough-and-tumble church world.


 
Review: Monoprice Model 600020 Dynamic Vocal Microphone

At $14.07 for a single mic, I find it amazing that it looks as good as it does and performs decently as an audio tool.


 

 
The Active Evolution of Loudspeakers

Smarter DSP, innovative coverage techniques, skinny columnar arrays all part of a constantly evolving category


 
Review: Galaxy Audio ES3 and HS3 Omnidirectional Headsets

Both models share the same mic element. The difference is in how they’re worn and how the boom is positioned. These are functional, user-friendly and affordable headsets with more than acceptable audio performance.


 
Review: Anchor Audio Beacon Line Array

Moving around a portable PA system has never been easier. "The system condenses down to a rugged ABS plastic box the size of an airline-approved roller bag," he notes. So how does it perform? It depends on what you’re expecting.


 
Review: Aviom A360 Personal Monitor Mixer

New personal monitor mixer provides channel-level controls like volume, mute, group, solo, plus reverb, tone, pan, and stereo spread.


 
Review: Clear-Com RS-702 Two-Channel Analog Intercom Beltpack

An inside look at the redesign of Clear-Coms beltpacks, the line up is made for more durability, comfort, improved audio quality, and user friendly.


 
Point Source Audio CO-8WD Omni Headset Microphone

When used for singing or speech, the mic sounds smooth, full--even pleasing in nature.


 
First Impression: EAW Anya Loudspeaker System

I went into the demo with an open mind, wondering what EAW has been up to for the past few years. When I left thinking EAW may have a real game real changer here.


 
Review: Waves GEQ Graphic Equalizer Plug-In

Not the most exciting plug-in on the market, but it is a professional tool that you will use every day and will make your mix sound better.


 
First Impression: Yamaha QL Series Digital Consoles

Compared to LS9, the new QL Series has the ability to connect simultaneously to two devices, such as an iPad running QL StageMix and a computer running QL Editor.


 
First Impression: Midas Pro X Live Console

For the last few years, Music Group has been shaking up the industry, bringing incredible mixing power at remarkably low price points. With the new Pro X, it would appear that Midas has done it again.


 
Review: Allen & Heath QU-16 Compact Digital Console

I was immediately impressed by how much output and clarity was available from these preamps.


 
Review: NoMixUps Modular Tech Labels

I wasn’t sure where I’d find use for this type of product - until I began looking at all the things I have labeled with gaff or board tape and sloppy handwriting.


 
dB Technologies Expands DVA Series Modular Line Array with RDNet-Ready DVA-T8

New driver technology, higher output and RDNet control are additional features the DVA-T8 offers.


 
First Impression: Sennheiser Laser Drum Microphone

I walked into this product demo quite skeptical, and unsure of what I was going to see and hear. I left completely impressed and jealous that I could not go to the store and buy a set of these right away


 
Review: Logitech Ultimate Ears LUE 900 Noise-Isolating Earphones

The high end of the company’s line of universal-fit earphones


 
First Impression: Midas M32 Digital Console for Live and Studio

It is great to see a big company actually listen and respond to its customer base. The M32 is still a lightweight and portable console but we’re told it now has the sound, and it certainly now has the feel of a real Midas console.


 
Review: Yamaha Stagepas 600i Portable PA System

IT WAS REALLY SIMPLE TO FIND A GREAT SOUND WITH THIS SYSTEM.


 
Sound Options

A hit list of new portable loudspeakers


 
Handheld Vocal Mics: More Options for All Budgets

Our semi-random sampling is designed to give you a leg up before you take a listen.


 
First Impression: QSC TouchMix Series Mixers

Once known only for amplifiers, QSC is making a serious entry into the affordable digital mixer market with the new TouchMix Series


 
Review: Mackie 3204VLZ4 32-Channel, Four-Bus FX Mixer with USB

If you haven't looked at Mackie's products in a while, you'll be surprised


 
2013 Best of Breed (Cont.)

Part two in a slide-show roundup loudspeaker innovations


 
2013’s Best-of-Breed Loudspeaker Systems

A slide-show roundup of the year's innovations


 
Finding Gold in a Sea of Wireless Mics

A how-to guide to choosing the right wireless mic for your intended application


 
Review: JBL LSR308 Two-Way Powered Studio Monitors

The coverage is impressive. It truly opened up the sound field like nothing else I’ve heard in this price category.


 
Review: PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2 AI Digital Mixer

By far the most impressive feature sets within this console have to do with the innovative wireless and digital control technologies


 
Review: Yamaha MGP24X Analog Audio Mixer

Right off the bat, the appearance is striking, and you can’t miss the LCD screen, and the console has more headroom than I expected. This was a pleasant surprise.


 
Bringing Instruments to Life

A roundup of the latest drum and instrument microphones


 
Future Mixing: Top 9 Trends in Console Design

A list of dominant trends driving mixing console design.


 
Review: Samson Expedition Express Portable PA with Bluetooth

The Expedition Express is small enough to travel on the dashboard of your car.


 
First Impression: Audio-Technica BP894 MicroSet Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone

Newly introduced BP894 condenser microphone looks like a contender to enter the elite ranks of professional-quality headsets.


 
Digital mixing: the next generation

StudioLive AI-series mixers retain the same surface-driven functionality that made StudioLive mixers famous, while adding even more processing power, enhanced workflow features, and Active Integration technology.


 
First Impression: Line 6 XD-V75-40V Digital Handheld Wireless with Earthworks Premium Capsule

Though we expect pricing to involve more than a modest investment, it should produce vocals and speech reproduction that sounds like it was captured through a professional studio mic.


 
Review: Roland M200i 32-Channel Digital Mixing Console

Designed from the ground up to be controlled by an iPad.


 
First Impression: Dugan-VN16 Automixer Card for Avid Live Sound Mixing Systems

If you find yourself regularly trying to juggle multiple microphones at once, or simply need a way to run simple events unattended, the Dugan Automixer could be a great solution.


 
Waves Audio GEQ Graphic EQ Plug-in

30 ISO bands plus high and low pass filters


 
Review: Cerwin Vega P1500X Portable Powered Loudspeaker, with P1800SX Powered Subwoofer

While we like the sub, the tuning of the mid/high box leaves much to be desired.


 
Review: Radial Engineering SB-5 Laptop DI

What to do with noisy consumer-grade equipment? Radial Engineering introduces a 'must have' tool for church sound techs.


 
First Impression: Whiteley Solutions Phoenix LX Drum Enclosure

Their product line of Phoenix full drum enclosures provide up to 39 dB of reduction on the stage. This helps vocalists and other musicians on stage to hear themselves better. It also allows the FOH engineer to mix drums with studio-like separation. What audio engineer wouldn’t mind having that?


 
First Impression: Samson Expedition Express Loudspeaker System

This looks to be very handy, portable sound solution for your next location-based event. Anywhere you need sound you could find a use for one of these units.


 
Yamaha StageMix 4.0 Now Available

Greater control and flexibility for both digital mixing consoles


 
First Impression: Mackie VLZ4 Series Analog Mixers

New series features innovative ergonomic design, upgraded Onyx preamps, and new op amps for a lower low noise floor.


 
Review: AKG D12VR Reference Large-Diaphragm Dynamic Microphone

I really like it when a microphone (especially a kick mic) has some weight to it. It tells me that the tool is professional, sturdy and will last a long time.


 
First Look: Ace Backstage Microphone Softpod

Ace Backstage’s Microphone Softpod can hold six mics for about the price of two mic stands.


 
First Impression: Martin Audio MLA Mini Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array

Company's MLA loudspeaker design works like a line-array in reverse. Instead of focusing on what comes out of the loudspeaker, Martin Audio's design concentrates on what arrives at the audience.


 
Martin Audio Announces New MLA Mini Loudspeaker System

New Ultra-Compact Format makes MLA technology accessible to most budgets


 
Tascam DR-60D DSLR Recorder

The DR-60D is a four-track solid state recorder that will fit snugly under any camera or into any rig, and record up to 96-kHz/24-bit high quality audio straight to SD/SDHC media.


 
Klark Teknik DN200 Active Stereo DI Box

The DN200 Dual-Channel Active DI Box is housed in a robust alloy case further protected by a replaceable silicon sleeve, and features inputs on pairs of XLR, TRS and RCA sockets


 
Review: Shure FP Series Wireless Microphone System

Camera-mounted electronic news gathering (ENG) wireless systems


 
Review: DPA d:facto II Vocal Microphone

High-performance, supercardioid condenser microphone optimized for live sound reinforcement vocal use.


 
Radial Engineering Stagebug Laptop Direct Box

The SB-5 features an integral five-foot cable terminated in a 1/8 connection for laptops, tablets and personal music players that is secured in place with a compression fitting.


 
Review: DBX PMC Personal Monitor Controller

Deceptively simple to set up and get going.


 
Waves Audio Debuts Genesis Bundle for Live Applications

New bundle includes C4 Multiband Compressor, Renaissance DeEsser, H-Delay and Renaissance Reverb


 
Auralex Studiofoam T Acoustic Absorption Panels

Studiofoam T panels are designed to eliminate standing waves and flutter echo while reducing unwanted reflections.


 
Avid Pro Tools 11

New features include a fully redesigned audio engine and 64-bit architecture, offine bounce, a low latency input buffer, dynamic host processing


 
Audio Review: dbx PMC Personal Monitor Controller

True to form, dbx has put some thought into this product and provided yet another tool for the audio engineer to do what they do best—only better.


 
Avid Pro Tools 11

Features include a fully redesigned audio engine and 64-bit architecture, offine bounce, a low latency input buffer, and more.


 
First Impression: SSL Live Console

Even with all the hardware controls, the surface doesn’t look cluttered, and the touch-screen software is beautifully designed. It’s obvious from the start that the console is designed to be customized for each user and event, with no single way of working.


 
Shopping for Mics?

CPM delivers a roundup of inspiring microphone technologies designed for church applications.


 
Tutorial: Small Church Consoles: Mixing for the Majority

Sound options for churches with fewer bells-and-whistles requirements—and lesser budgets


 
Review: Que Audio DA12 Headworn Microphone

Reviewer: ...sounds good, very stable in use, appears to be durably built


 
First Impression: Radial SB-5 StageBug Stereo Direct Box for Laptops

What happens when a guest speaker shows up with music or video for their presentation?. Video is easy. The problem is audio—what do you do with that 1/8-inch headphone jack?


 
Shure BLX Wireless Microphone Systems

The new BLX Wireless Systems come in a variety of receiver options, including a half-rack size for installed applications.


 
Allen and Heath ME Personal Mixing System

The ME-1 personal mixer manages up to 42 sources and incorporates an ambient mic, knobs for mic and mix levels, stereo outputs for headphones/earpiece and a mono output for a stage wedge.


 
First Impression: Yamaha MGP32X and MGP24X Audio Mixers

Yamaha practically invented the small digital mixer back in the late ‘90s. They now launch the new MGP24X and MGP32X with an intriguing hybrid of analog and digital technologies.


 
Review: Mackie DLM12 Powered Full-Range Loudspeaker

My first question to the folks at Mackie is: “How did you manage to fi t 2,000 watts of power into such small, portable enclosures?”


 
Review: Digico SD5 Digital Audio Mixing Console

I felt at home right away and was proficient on the desk in a few hours.


 
On Point Audio Opaline Powered Line Array System

Opaline consists of the Opaline Sub, 18-inch powered subwoofer, and the Opaline vertical array loudspeaker featuring 4 x 8-inch woofers and two powerful compression drivers driving its line array waveguides.


 
Review: Beyerdynamic TG V90r Dynamic Ribbon Microphone

Considering the German heritage of this mic, we couldn’t resist the comparison to automobiles. Enter to win one in our Get Great Gear giveaway!


 
Review: Sony DWZ Series Digital Wireless System

A handheld and a bodypack transmitter, a half-rack receiver, simple set up, and so much more are part of Sony’s new DWZ series.


 
Review: Galaxy Audio MST-C Standformer Microphone Stand

We got our hands on this new convertible stand and our suspicions were confirmed: NEW BALLGAME.


 
Review: CAD Audio WX100 Installation-Grade Wireless Microphone System

The WX100 Series from CAD Audio is a comprehensive system that includes transmitters, antenna distribution, and several mounting options.


 
Review: Line 6 Stagescape M20D Digital Mixer

Line 6 has set out to develop a system that compensates for lack of professional chops; delivering exceptional quality, painless recording and extraordinary versatility.


 
New Tools of the Trade for Church Techs

Hosa Technology‘s new CBT-500 Cable Tester is designed for concert, studio recording, or professional installation work.


 

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