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5 Tips to Better Outdoor Sound – Going Outside the Church Walls

These five tips will ensure great audio for your next outdoor event.

So you need to achieve better audio outside? Maybe you’re setting up for an outdoor wedding or other church event and want to make sure everyone can hear what’s going on. It’s no good if the congregation is struggling to hear the sermon during your outdoor service because the sound system isn’t capable. Whatever reason, all outdoor locations have their own unique difficulties, but by the time you are done reading this, you will have a solid foundation for improving your outdoor sound.

First, system portability is essential
It’s a hassle to be lugging heavy equipment around to outdoor events. Portability is key when selecting the right sound reinforcement gear — it can be unwieldy. Gear that’s lightweight, or just easy to move around, gives you the flexibility to make small or large adjustments to the audio setup anytime without much hassle. Imagine having to move a heavy system for your youth group each week. It doesn’t sound appealing. Equipment that you can barely lift is a bad place to start. It’s best if you use equipment that’s either lightweight and portable. 

10 Essentials for a Successful Outdoor Church Event or Service

You are planning an outdoor service or event for your church. It sounds so quaint. So rustic-nouveau. So ... vulnerable to a meteorological and logistical disaster.

I know what it’s like to take church services to the great outdoors. From intimate baptism services for a few people at a lake, to renting out the local Triple-A ballpark for a 12,000-person event, we’ve seen, done, and experienced it all. The end result of an outside event feels like the Israelite Exodus: either you just entered the Promised Land, or you barely survived a modern-day version of the Egyptian plagues. There’s rarely anything in between.

Why would anyone risk clouds of insects, impending darkness, hail bombardment, or hordes of frogs? (Okay, that last one might be less likely than the others.)

There are several good reasons to take things outside. Church outside the norm brings excitement to your congregation. It stirs up stagnant waters and forces you out of ruts. If you’re a multi-service or multi-site church, this is an opportunity to get the entire family together under no roof.

There are also potential wins for outreach. Few things will bring outsiders and insiders closer together than taking insiders outside. Outdoor services allow your church to invite your community to a non-threatening, neutral environment. Neighbors may feel skeptical about walking into the sanctuary at First Baptist, but they’ll let down their defenses if they’re heading to the neighborhood park.

Class of 2021 Graduation Party Ideas – Your Ultimate Guide

Class of 2021 graduation party ideas: Can you believe it’s already that time? We love a good party, so let the grad party planning begin!

To celebrate, we’ve put together THE ultimate guide to help you plan the best graduation party of the year. This list has everything you’ll need to pull off an unforgettable college or high school graduation party that guests will be talking about for years to come.

1. 2021 Graduation Party Ideas – Types of Graduation Parties

Don’t know where to start? First, take a deep breath. Trust us - this is going to be fun!

Before you start planning everything else you’ll want to figure out what kind of Instagram-worthy party this will be. Is your grad picturing a laid-back hangout like a backyard bbq or pool party? Or are you leaning towards hosting an open house or a formal dinner at a nice venue? What about compromising and throwing a fun themed graduation party like Hollywood Night or The 90’s?

Enter 2021 | Chauvet Professional Lighting

Having lived through a year like no other, lighting and event professionals look to 2021 with a mixture of hope, determination, trepidation, and (most important of all) courage. To learn more about how our industry is preparing for the challenges that lay ahead, we interviewed a cross section of lighting and staging professionals from across the world. Here is what they had to say:

Allen Branton
Grand Encampment
“Many are better qualified than I to consider our business future post-pandemic. I do know one thing for sure: we miss the live audience. And the audience misses the opportunity to gather together. The potential elevation of the performer/audience connection is the beating heart of show business after all. Performers perform and audiences gather to enjoy themselves, to be transported – together. We technical craft types work in this business seeking that same elevation. When it is again feasible to assemble in numbers, I anticipate the emotional high will be epic.”

Jvan Morandi
Placing Shadows
United Kingdom
“I fear that 2021 will be another difficult year that will test the resilience and creativity of our industry. Personally, I feel that the only way for us is to diversify as much as possible including virtual performance but not limiting to streaming and XR. More research and R&D are required in VR from our side. The game industry is looking at the live performance as another avenue of income. If our industry doesn’t come up with solutions , we will be cut out of a potentially life-saving side stream income. I’m confident we will have a return to gigs in 2021 but the size and scope of these might be limited .”

Shure Pro Audio Roundtable: Continued Creativity And Innovation Will Drive 2021 Music Business

CHICAGO, Jan. 26, 2021 - The professional audio industry spent much of last year pivoting and adapting to the current state of live events. From live-stream concerts to pre-taped performances in artists’ bedrooms, the entire industry was forced to adjust to a new way of working.

To bring the industry together, Shure gathered an all-star panel of guests to offer their own perspective on how the current situation has impacted their professional lives and day-to-day reality. The 90-minute roundtable chat offered unique viewpoints from bands, venues, music labels, and more, including Julie Weir (Sony Records UK, Music for Nations), Adam Thurston (Audiotree, Lincoln Hall, Schubas in Chicago), Glen Rowe (KYOTO Music, Muse), Taylor Goldsmith and Griffin Goldsmith (Dawes), Greg Morrow (Session Drummer), and John Harris (Mixing Engineer).

Moderated by Peter James, Vice President of Global Professional Audio Sales at Shure, the discussion touched upon the positives of 2020 and the steps the industry needs to take to re-open again.

A Pro Audio Renaissance

Regardless of profession, all panelists agreed that there’s been a rebirth of creativity. From writing sessions over Zoom to recording new music to developing platforms to consume the content, the industry has never been more creative.

“People are really desperate for new music,” said Julie Weir of Sony Records. “We had a top ten record in the UK with a heavy metal band because we did an interesting campaign that was all digital and people engaged with. It has taken longer to do smaller things, but I’ve never been more creative because you talk to more people now and there is more collaboration coming through because artists are open to thinking outside the box.”

PreSonus® has released five fan-favorite, retro-inspired effects with the Analog Effects Collection. The collection includes Analog Delay, Analog Chorus, Red Light Distortion, Rotor, and Tricomp®. Each effects plug-in in the collection represents the apex of PreSonus craftsmanship, from State-Space Modeled drive stages with inspiring sonic textures to their classic, vintage-inspired user interfaces. Formerly only available in Studio One® Professional and Artist, these plug-ins are now available via PreSonus Hub in VST3, AU, and AAX format.

Analog Delay is a classic emulation plug-in of an analog BBD delay known for its ability to create a warm delay sound that can range from subtle modulation to spirals down a psychedelic rabbit hole. It also features a State-Space Modeled Drive control to add analog grit to your sound for even more tonal sculpting.

How To Ready Your Gear for the First Gig Back | QSC

In these times, many of us have found ourselves off the road and unable to perform at live events. While we may have been using this time to sharpen our skills or pursue new interests, for the most part, our audio gear has been silent. As surprising as it may sound, your audio equipment is most vulnerable not while you are using it, but while you are not using it! In order to have gear that will be in perfect shape for your next event and last for years to come, it is important to understand how to take care of it and how to store it safely and responsibly.

After all, you have put significant investments into purchasing it, so you should focus on preserving this investment for as long as possible. Here are a few tips on the basics of keeping audio gear in good shape.

Backup First
Nowadays laptops, hard disks or personal media players are entirely part of most audio systems. Hopefully, before you moved your gear into storage, you made a backup of each device. Either way, now would be a good time to check that your backup is still in good working condition or if you do not have a backup, do it now! Remember – no music, no dance.

What Does Subwoofers Mutual Coupling Mean? | QSC

You will have noticed that in a large number of live events, sound engineers place subwoofers close together either on the floor, on the side of the stage, or at the top of the line-array rig. Are there any benefits in doing so, and what exactly happens? Before exploring the answer, let’s first recall some basics of sound.

Sound Wavelength

First, let’s recall the definition of the speed of sound ‘C’ (at sea level, at 21° C / 70° F degrees, under normal atmospheric conditions. It is defined as C = f λ, where ‘f’ represents frequency and ‘λ’ wavelength and it equals to 344 m/s (1128 ft/s).

Now, what is a wavelength? In physics, the wavelength is the spatial period of a periodic wave—the distance over which the wave’s shape repeats. It is the distance between consecutive corresponding points of the same phase on the wave, such as two adjacent crests, troughs, or zero crossings.

16 Tips to Plan a Successful Outdoor Event

Outdoor events have a host of problems unique to themselves, from permits to being prepared for bad weather. With proper planning you can ensure your event succeeds satisfying not only your client but your attendees as well. These can be lovely, but be forewarned — outdoor events are sometimes much more difficult to organize than indoor events.

Here are some tips on how to plan an outdoor event and to minimize stress:

1. Get a permit
Do this as soon as you’ve finalized where and when you'll have your outdoor event. Do this first. The fastest way to shut down an event is to hold it without a permit.

2. Check up on all ordinances
What are the noise ordinances? Every town has them. Is noise prohibited after a certain time? You should also look into fire and safety codes. The latter may have restrictions on overselling tickets, advertisements, and seating. Talk to the state and local authorities, the local fire department and the police about these.

3. Some outdoor events need more work than others
Is your event being held in an already existing outdoor facility? Great! That cuts your work in half. Otherwise, are you targeting a raw, uncommon area? Then advanced planning and coordination are critical. You can expect to be in charge of everything — power, toilets, communications, equipment, and food, among others. Make arrangements to bring everything to the venue, and taking everything out of the venue after the event is done.

Event Trend Watch - The Growing Use of Drones at Events

The use of drones at events is becoming more common every day. In fact, drones are one of the hottest event tech trends, and they’re being used in a wide variety of creative ways at all kinds of events. From indoor conferences to outdoor festivals, drones are providing entertainment, advertising, security, and more.

While drones can be an exciting addition to your event, you need to think about your goals before you invest. Fortunately, drones can be very affordable – depending on how you want to use them. As a result, it can be easy to fall into the trap of adding drones to your event just because they’re trendy. The reality is if drones aren’t a strategic element of your event, they can actually distract attendees and do more harm than good.

Of course, there are also a variety of laws you need to be aware of and follow when using drones at events, and those laws change from state to state. Always make sure you hire drone pilots who hold a commercial pilot license to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and follow all FAA rules. To give you an idea of some of the rules you’ll need to follow if you use drones at your event, consider these laws:

- Drones flown for commercial purposes (like events where tickets and other things are sold), must be registered by the FAA.

- Drones cannot be flown out of the sight of the pilot.

- Drones cannot be flown above 400 feet.

- Drones cannot be flown within five miles of commercial airspace, national parks, or federal buildings.

The list goes on and on, and as mentioned above, you have to follow state and local rules, too, which can change from one municipality to the next. Do your homework, understand the laws, work with a licensed pilot who understands the rules and your event (and has insurance coverage for liability purposes), and you should be okay.

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