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Review: PreSonus ULT-Series Loudspeakers

Designed for ultra-long throws, the new ULT-Series loudspeakers were developed by WorxAudio, the commercial loudspeaker division of PreSonus. No matter what we threw at these new speakers, they sounded great.

Review: CADLive WX3000 Microphone System

The CADLive WX3000 wireless system from CAD Audio offers numerous features designed to reduce interference in situations where multiple wireless systems are operating—features not often found in this price range. It sounds great, is easy to operate and affordable too.

Review: Klang:fabrik 3D In-ear Monitor Processor

The Klang system is virtual reality for your ears, and it needs to be heard to be believed. The switch from stereo to 3D is much more profound than from mono to stereo.

Review: Allen & Heath dLive Digital Mixing System

After spending many hours pouring over the Allen & Heath dLive system, we find it a fantastic addition to the company’s lineup. This console series offers a range of features and capabilities that fit into multiple church production environments.

Review: Earthworks DK25L Drum Mic Kit

The microphones are very high quality and accurate, and the addition of the KickPad helps you to quickly achieve a usable kick drum sound with one of the mics.

Review: Point Source Audio Embrace Earset Microphone

"The mic can withstand very high sound pressure levels without overloading, with a maximum SPL of 148 dB."

Review: Martin Audio CDD12 Coaxial Differential Dispersion Loudspeaker

We heard instruments we’d never noticed before. The low end was solid and didn’t interfere with the reproduction of the mids and highs.

Review: Shure KSM8 Dualdyne Handheld Dynamic Microphone

Shure releases a fresh approach to dynamic microphone design that incorporates two diaphragms instead of just one. Reduced proximity effect, handling noise and susceptibility to feedback are just a few of the benefits.

Review: DPA 4099 Instrument Microphone

"I really think this is the most compact and simplest-to-position drum microphone on the market."

Review: PreSonus StudioLive CS18AI Control Surface

It’s a wonderfully flexible system that allows multiple controllers (i.e., a CS18AI, a tablet, a laptop, a phone) to share control duties over the same mixer at the same time.

Review: Mackie Reach All-in-One PA System

Built into the side of the cabinet IS Mackie’s EarShot personal monitoring system—Separate speakers on each side allow independent or dual control monitoring.

Review: Digico S21 Digital Audio Mixing Console

It was surprising to find features on this desk such as gain tracking, digital tube emulation, and touch-sensitive controls.

Review: Roland OHRCA M-5000 Live Mixing Console

The M-5000 is a very open and clean-sounding console, even at higher SPLs. The smart design makes it a worthy competitor for touring or any installation—large or small.

Review: Blue Microphones Hummingbird Small-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Blue Microphones have an art deco design that feels like the future while remaining familiar. But do they sound as good as they look?

Review: Crown XLS DriveCore 2 1502 Power amplifier

Initial perceptions that the Crown XLS DriveCore 2 1502 is anything other than a pro audio product can quickly be brushed aside with one look at the I/O section.

Review: DPA d:fine In-Ear Broadcast Headset Microphone

The concept is simple enough - instead of having two separate wired devices (headset mic + in-ear monitors), DPA has integrated the two together in one solution.

Review: PreSonus StudioLive RM32AI Digital Mixer

With the Studiolive rm32AI, even folks with no mixing experience should come up to speed quickly.

Review: JBL SRX812 12-Inch Two-Way Bass Reflex Passive Loudspeaker System

The beamwidth of 90x50 provided good coverage for most portable venues.

Review: DPA d:screet SC4098 Podium Microphone

Variations of the typical podium mic can also be applied as choir mics and instrument mics.

Review: Pro Intercom LLC EconoCom Intercom System

“An excellent value for a robust three-channel intercom system.”

Review: Tannoy VX 8M Dual-Concentric Two-Way Speaker

This little speaker sounds big, like it’s just a 12-inch hole in space with a much larger speaker hiding behind it.

Review: Sennheiser EW D1-835 Digital Wireless Vocal Mic System

Sennheiser indicates that in an ideal environment, up to 15 radio links are possible.

Review: Mackie FreePlay Personal PA System

FreePlay combines a three-input mixer, power amp section and two-way speaker in a very unconventional looking compact plastic enclosure designed for "grab-and-go" convenience.

Review: Yamaha TF Series Digital Mixing Consoles

Yamaha got the balance of simplicity vs. usability just right.

Review: Waves Tracks Live

Tracks Live is easy to use, reliable, and without the complexity found in many of today’s software-based tracking solutions.

Review: Allen & Heath Qu-Pac Ultra Compact Digital Mixer with Touch Screen Control

Qu-Pac is a serious, pro-quality mixer sitting behind a small touch screen and peculiar shape. Sound, flexibility, power—it’s all there.

Review: Mackie ProFX16v2 Analog Audio Mixer

With an MSRP of just $629, this little mixer offers excellent functionality at a very reasonable price.

Review: QSC Audio TouchMix-16 Compact Digital Mixer

Even novice users should have no trouble getting up and running quickly.

Review: PreSonus Studio One 3 Digital Audio Production Software

Studio One 3 exhibits much fresh thinking about audio production, and the results are impressive --- even if you’re already a die-hard user of a different audio tool (as I was)...

Review: Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator

If you’ve ever wished for more gain from any of your sources—ribbon mics, vintage mics, etc., the Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator may be your solution. Find out what’s going on inside this patent-pending design?

Review: Audio-Technica System 10 Pro Rack-Mount Digital Wireless System

The newest member of the company’s digital wireless microphone line. The new System 10 Pro offers a simple user interface backed by a powerful suite of RF transmission methodologies that operate "behind the scenes."

Review: Community Series IP8-1122 Loudspeaker

In a world of seductive audio consoles, the best audio improvement might be in the form of a loudspeaker upgrade.

Review: Mackie DL32R 32-channel Digital Live Sound Mixer with iPad Control

Far from being this reviewer’s first Mackie (he owns one that’s nearly 20 years old), after spending a week with the new DL32R, this newest Mackie mixer could wind up being the first fully wireless-controlled audio mixer he specifies for his church.

Review: DPA d:fine Headset Microphones

Introduced at InfoComm 2014, the new DPA d:fine 66 omnidirectional and d:fine 88 directional headset mics are well-designed, top-shelf offerings from Danish Pro Audio. Are they worth the investment? Our expert reviewer analyzes the mics in live and studio environments.

Review: Digital Audio Labs Livemix Personal Monitor System

The Livemix takes some of the best features in the personal mixer market and adds a unique idea our reviewer has never seen before. Despite some initial skepticism, he wound up adding to the list of contenders to replace his church’s current monitor system.

Review: Allen & Heath Qu-32 Digital Mixer

Allen & Heath did an admirable job capitalizing on the power of digital while maintaining key elements of the familiar analog mixer interface. For all it does, the Qu-32 is truly a bargain.

Review: Radial Relay Xo Remote AB Switcher

Enables users to easily talk directly with the band without broadcasting into the house mix.

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


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

They're solid, and feel well-built and suitable for the rigors of road use.

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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