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Review: Yamaha QL5 Digital Mixing Console

Churches will be hard-pressed to find a more capable mixer in this price range.


 
Review: Roland VR-50HD Multi-Format AV Mixer

The most unique feature of the VR-50HD is the USB3 port. This allows the user to plug directly into the computer….


 
Review: Canon FX205 High-Definition Camcorder

Packed with features, THIS baby brother to THE XF300/XF305 brings 1080p/60fps to the table.


 
Review: Gooseneck Lectern Microphones

A wide range of gooseneck microphones are put to the test in a challenging acoustical environment.


 
Review: TOA AM-1 Real-Time Steering Array Microphone System

A viable option when considering solutions for applications that historically would require multiple mics or are in particularly challenging acoustic spaces.


 
Review: PreSonus StudioLive 315AI Active Integration Loudspeaker

Immediately, I was impressed with the clarity and smoothness of the sound.


 
Review: Movek MyMix Personal Monitor Mixer with Multi-track Recording

It’s much more than just a personal monitor mixing system.


 
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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
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.


 

 
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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
Review: Logitech Ultimate Ears LUE 900 Noise-Isolating Earphones

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


 
Review: Yamaha Stagepas 600i Portable PA System

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


 
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


 
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.


 
Review: Samson Expedition Express Portable PA with Bluetooth

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


 
Review: Roland M200i 32-Channel Digital Mixing Console

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


 
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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
Review: DBX PMC Personal Monitor Controller

Deceptively simple to set up and get going.


 
Review: Que Audio DA12 Headworn Microphone

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


 
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.


 
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.


 

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