Imagine you are at a live concert event and as the excitement builds, a person approaches a microphone on stage…”tap,tap,tap…Is this on?” and the crowd goes wild in anticipation of what will happen next. Can you guess how many times that microphone has been tapped? How many more times it will be tapped? More than likely that microphone is a Shure SM58.
Created by Shure in 1966, the Shure SM58 vocal microphone has been a necessity for live sound applications all over the world even through today. On their website, Shure claims that the SM58 is the “most popular microphone in the world.” Used by almost every singer at one time or another, that is a title that has been tested and tried since 1966.
One of the main reasons that Shure is able to boast about the SM58 is the durability of the product. In my experience, the microphone can be dropped, stepped on, wires loose, and even wet and it still bounces back. Even when there are repairs that need to be made, Shure has a reputation for being reasonable in their repair costs and offer a quick turnaround time. They stand behind their product and they have made little changes to the microphone over the years. In a live sound setting, the microphone works with any voice range and can be EQ’d fairly easily with very little feedback problems. According to Shure’s own website, it is tuned to accentuate the warmth and clarity of lead and backing vocals. Even in extreme conditions, the SM58 is tailored to target the main sound source while minimizing background noise.
Another reason to use the 58 is because of its fantastic price tag. In the last ten years the price tag has stayed pretty much around $99. In addition to this, Shure has offered some recent options you can add to your purchase like an on and off switch, a USB adapter, or a cable. The quality you receive for the price tag is virtually unbeatable. On a recent Prosoundweb forum, a longtime SM58 user responded to the question, “Why do you use the Shure SM58?” He replied, ”There are something like 83 thousand bazillion of them out there and all but 3 of them still work, no one looks at a 58 and says "What mic is that, is it any good?", they don't cost much, and they say Shure on them.” If you are searching for that perfect microphone for a live sound application, you don’t have to look any further, the Shure SM58 is an industry standard.
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In addition to these great options, this mixer still has all of the fun stuff a normal digital mixer would have. It has the built-in effects, the built in EQ's, and the memory for saving all of your settings to memory banks.
So many options for such a great price. The 32-channel mixer costs $3999, that is a bargain basement price for all of the features you get. When you start looking at the cost of a digital mixer, an in-ear monitor system, and a multi-channel recording system, a church could spend well over $15,000 for all three. With this system you get all of it in one package. Just the cost of an Aviom In-Ear Monitoring starter package can cost about $4500 by itself.
A few things that some may consider negatives are the fact that the system only works with Apple smart products and it has to be connected to a computer (preferably Mac) in order to use some of the features I mentioned above. But even if you add an IMac ($1599) to the system and purchase ipad minis ($299 each) for your worship team to use, you would still come out significantly cheaper than trying to purchase an in-ear monitoring system.
Just released in August, the newest Presonus Mixers have been so popular, they are over a month behind on shipping. If you ordered now, you would receive yours in January 2014. Call us today to put your deposit down on one and get FREE TRAINING with your purchase and installation. 479-646-5901
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Technology has advanced so much in the last few years, it is only natural for churches to learn to incorporate these new innovations into their worship services. If you wonder why its so important, then lets begin by looking at a few statistics that may surprise you…
According to the Nielson company:
99% of US households own at least one TV
In US households, the TV is on an average of 6 hours per day.
The youth in America watch TV an average of 1500 hours per year
According to research by Pew Internet
Over 69% of teens 12-17 have their own computer
80% of teens in the US that are 12-17 have a game console
The percentage of adults in the US who owned some sort of tablet computer (such as an Ipad) grew from 3% to 8% in one year
As you can see in these statistics, TV, Video, electronic media, video games, and the internet are a normal way of life for this generation, they are used to stimulation that comes in all forms electronic, why should church be any different? As we know from past history, change is inevitable and although some may see these electronic mediums as distractions or negative influences, they can and must be used for good. At Carters Audio Video, we understand all forms of technology that are available today, including:
Computer imaging systems (such as Mediashout)
and much more…
All of the employees and technicians at Carters AV are on staff or volunteer in their own home churches, we understand the specific needs a church may have, we will help you find what you want and advise you on product so your church does not buy more than they need for their desired results. There are options available for every size of church with every size of budget.
Call us if you have any questions or would like to set-up a free consultation.
“The Church welcomes technological progress and receives it with love, for it is an indubitable fact that technological progress comes from God and, therefore, can and must lead to Him.” – Pius XII Pacelli
LG has unleashed a fantastic new line of smart TV's this year, they are great to look at and are full of awesome features. Exactly what is a "smart TV" and why would I want one?
A smart TV will open up with a home page screen that has several "Apps" available. These apps can stream movies, music, TV shows, and more right to your TV. For example, Netflix, is one of the apps available on an LG smart TV. Netflix is a paid monthly service, you go to their website and sign-up for one of their accounts which starts at $7.99 per month for streaming. Once you have your account, you can sign into the TV and put your account information in and watch all of the movies and TV shows that Netflix has available. In addition to the Netflix app, there are also several more such as Hulu, Vudu, and many others. Vudu, for example is a movie rental program, once you sign up for an account with them then you just pay as you rent movies. There are also other apps like Facebook and Twitter that you can access through the smart TV, as well as many others. The LG smart TV can also access the internet with an online search for internet browsing from your TV and it comes with an app that will work the TV through a smart tablet or smartphone.
As you can see, owning an LG smart TV can open up a whole new world of TV watching and online experiences. We have had customers who only purchase the TV and don't even have a cable box or Blu-ray player, they only use the apps to watch movies and TV shows. The cost of a smart TV can be a more than one without these features, but the added benefits can outweigh the cost. If you currently have an older TV, you also have the option of purchasing an LG smart Blu-ray player that will allow you to access the same features on your current TV. <p> For more information call Carters Audio Video today 479-646-5901. See our next blog post for information on the LG smart remote and how it will enhance your smart TV experience...
Note: In order for this system to work you have to have a good internet connection and the system works best if the internet is hard-wired to the TV.
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