Audio Visual Bend Blog

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

July 12th, 2016

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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

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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

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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 »

I will not fail.

May 4th, 2016

Failure is Not an Option

 

“I will not fail.” This thought just came to me recently and it flows from my recent post about building and maintaining “Forever Customers.” Then, I found this meme which says it all.  The point is, you have to go into every opportunity and be able to say to your customer, in one way or another, “I will not fail.”

To fail means to be unsuccessful in achieving one’s goal.  I would add that to be a failure is to then give up.  Last year, the Business Insider listed 29 famous people who failed before they succeeded.  I have listed several below to prove my point.  You will read that these celebrities failed many times, but they were not failures. Read more »

Building and Maintaining “Forever Customer” Relationships

April 27th, 2016

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The truth is, “You will always be remembered.” But, the question is, “How will you be remembered?”  As a business owner and service/product provider, I recommend the following principles to establish good customers because of your good reputations: Read more »

Tony’s Rants – Tone Down the Tech!

April 20th, 2016

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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 »

Trending Now – Interactive Kiosks, Speech Mapping, and Projection Mapping

April 13th, 2016

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This week, we enjoyed researching AV trends and the cutting edge of AV technology and uses.  After we share each trend, you will see us ask a series of questions for our readers.  Please share your experiences with these trends, whether locally in Bend, regionally in a big city, or nationally and internationally.

Trending Now – Interactive Kiosks.  In the March 16th blog of Integrated Computer Solutions, the writer shares how well interactive kiosks perform in retail sales areas because of the opportunity to use a variety of specialized content strategies.  Specifically, six multimedia categories that greatly affect the user experiences are shared. Read more »

Light ’em Up… with Front of House Lighting!

April 6th, 2016

Final_Rigga-Tony_web_800pixIn all my years of doing audio visual rentals and designing installed systems, Stage Lighting seemed to be one of those requests that were few and far between. Like projection, it is a controlled beam of light, so I used to think this was pretty straight forward.  Well, I was wrong; it actually takes a bit more math than I left high school with.  Read more »