Category : AV Tips and Tricks

Breaking Down Sightlines in Worship Centers

September 6th, 2016

Audience

 

In a recent article in Church Designer Magazine, author and design leader Chuck Hultstrand, provides an excellent overview of the key elements required to create visual experiences through the use of integrated sightlines.  As a review… Read more »

Image Colors Matter – Choose an Inorganic LCD Projector

August 5th, 2016
Image by Hydroflask Today

Image by Hydroflask Today

In a side by side comparison of color display, the Inorganic LCD Projector was far superior to a single chip DLP projector.  This is most noticeable for customers who are creating marketing materials for display use.  Just imagine spending hours on creating a new brand with a variety of colors, handpicked by you and your boss.  Read more »

Vertical Portrait Displays versus Horizontal Landscape Displays – Which is Better?

July 27th, 2016

Horizontal Display Sunny

In the Audio Visual industry, choosing and mounting display screens is a large segment of our business and services.  And upon conducting research for this blog post, other industries including marketing, psychology, and photography, have a lot to say about which type of display, vertical or horizontal, is better.  And the winner seems to be… Read more »

TV Placement for a Fitness Room in a Hotel Chain

July 20th, 2016

 

This week, I am working with a hotel chain and the placement of a TV in a Multi-Purpose Room/Fitness Room. The typical math behind TV placement is to place the center of the TV screen approximately 10-15 degrees above eye level.  Of course, we have to consider the distance of the TV from the viewer. And naturally, the furniture and exercise equipment layout determines this. Read more »

Choir Mic Placement and Evaluation for St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

July 12th, 2016

Musical Notes and Mic_3000 pix

A cheerful summer season to you from Central Oregon!

 

While many industries seem to slow down during the summer months, the AV Bend team is as busy as ever.  So far this month, we have been active in the community and I would like to share a project review of choir mic placement and evaluation that we are completing for Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Bend, Oregon. Read more »

Selecting a Microphone for the Right Application

June 7th, 2016

microphones

The History and Uses of Microphones

The microphone was first invented in the 1870’s and has advanced over the last 140 years as technology has allowed. The type of materials, circuitry, and tools these days have made precision microphones of all types and for all uses imaginable.  Microphone options for live environments are so numbered that it would be nearly impossible to try to cover even a small portion in comparison. So, I am going to talk about microphones on a general level with some references that may be familiar. Read more »

Less is More – Using Apple as an Example to Apply Minimalism in the AV Industry

June 1st, 2016

Software Buttons

This week, I would like to explore the crossroads we often come to when we want to add technology to a space.  It is so easy to get all “wound up” on all the AV technology possibilities we could do with a space. However, when all is said and done, that space could easily end up looking like a scene from Star Trek, which is so overwhelming and intimidating.  Truthfully, would you want to operate a display like the picture to the left? Buttons, lights, flashing, neon, knobs, no thanks. Read more »

Array or Not to Array?

May 19th, 2016

An article by guest blogger, Erik Beyer – Regional VP of Sales – CLAIR Solutions

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The industry of live sound installations continues to advance with new and refined technologies.  One area that has expanded is loudspeaker choices.  The use of line arrays goes back quite a ways and is also known as column arrays.  Of course, the form factor has evolved quite a bit.  Nowadays, the use of line arrays are common practice, and a question comes up from time to time as I visit clients:  Are line arrays more hype?  Well, no, they are not.  They are actually a very efficient system design.  On the other hand, you also have the choice of point source systems, which typically use multiple single cabinets to accomplish the coverage needed for a given space.  There are practical applications for both, and I am going to very briefly touch on this topic. Read more »

Saltwater Kills!

May 12th, 2016

Saltwater kills.  These are two words that should never be in the same sentence when you are trying to get your wireless microphones to work.  What do Saltwater and Radio Frequencies (RF) have in common?  Answer: Nothing, really.

But, I have a scenario for you that may help you make a connection.  Imagine you are setting up AV in a 16,000 square foot convention hall. Read more »

Tony’s Rants – Tone Down the Tech!

April 20th, 2016

Technology in the hands of businessmen

The stack of publications was piling up on the corner of my desk. I thought it was about time to read them.  There were so many articles about using tech in our schools; tech to collaborate, tech to teach, tech to produce content, on and on.  I had to stop and ask myself, “What did I do?”  I have three sons and they all watched their dad embrace technology, day after day and night after night, behind a glowing laptop screen in a trance-like state with a perpetual perm-a-grin.  As I looked at all the photos of the articles I was reading, I saw the same perm-a-grin.  The man has become the machine! Pressing buttons, turning knobs, data entry and compiling zeros and ones. The generation we enabled to use the technology for learning should consider using tech in moderation. Do not forget the human factor; find the balance.  The following is a short comparison of some related articles.  After you have a chance to read their summaries, I’d love to read your opinions regarding the use of technology. Read more »