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A Box is a Box is a… Really?

There is really nothing new in speaker design in our industry. Everything we know we’ve learned in the 1930’s and some again maybe in the 1950s and 60s. The same also holds with microphones. We have, however, learned to manipulate these designs much better especially...

Acoustics: The Most Misunderstood Field in Sound Reinforcement

I just want to say up front that I am NOT an acoustician. Having said that however, I am very experienced in audio design, touring, and installation application in a wide variety of acoustic spaces. I have worked with some of the best acousticians in the country. I am...

Pulpit Rock Church After the Flood

​When I first started attending Pulpit Rock Church, I fell in love with the people, the preaching, the music, and the ministry. But I did not fall in love with the tech and worship space. The PRC worship team played through a 20-year-old Crest Audio board, through...

Pulpit Rock, Tragedy To Opportunity

Pulpit Rock Church is located in beautiful Colorado Springs. A little over a year ago, due to some flawed materials used in a roof replacement on the church, as well as some heavy rains, the entire sanctuary was a total loss. The sanctuary needed to be reconstructed...

Dispelling Audio Myths

Two mics on a snare drum is better than one Ok, we have to be honest here. This is one of our biggest pet peeves. Not because we haven't seen this done correctly but, because mostly we have not. We see it done by people who have absolutely no idea of the physics...

Walking the fine line between Art and Science

I wish I could take credit for coining the term the “Art/ Science Line” but, alas I cannot. My years at Meyer Sound Labs lodged it into my brain. It is a concept so important though, that if taken to heart by churches and performance venues across the nation and...

Why you need to rethink imaging in the audio system

Ok, I think it is time to talk about imaging audio. Everyone likes to discuss the performance of a loud speaker on multiple fronts but, do we ever really think about how an audience perceives the image itself? Not enough apparently. In the past few years I have been...

Is your audio system State of the Art: Purposeful Design

​State of the art. What does it mean when we say that? I know we throw that term around a lot, even when some audio system designs are clearly anything but. The phrase itself connotes something very expensive and unreachable for many. Well, here is the truth. It may...

A box is a box. Not. Especially when it comes to speakers

All speakers are not created equal. There is really nothing new in speaker design in our industry. Everything we know, we’ve learned in the 1930’s and some again maybe in the 1950s and ‘60s. The same also holds for microphones. Sure we have learned to manipulate these...

EQ and Feeding the Audio Meat Grinder

I know for most of you, this will seem like a “no brainer.” Unfortunately, there are a lot of twenty-somethings out there who, believe it or not, have never learned the basics of the audio chain. This is for them. In the meantime, here is something for you to chew on....

I hate you. A fiber rescue story

"I hate you!" Okay, let me clarify this right away. This was said to me by a very dear friend of mine in the heat of an audio battle during the first song of the night. To get some perspective, we’ll start at the beginning. A while back I was working for an unnamed...

Harleys VS Veaspas. The truth about HD Audio

I know what you are thinking. Hey I thought Bob wrote a performance audio blog. Well, I do. Hang in there a sec while I use a brilliant analogy. I have long known the difference between Harleys and Vespas and just for the record I ride Harley Davidson 2007 FLHT...

Step Up and Take Charge Managing Sound-Check Chaos

In this article Bob Langlois addresses that critical period of time before the worship service: the sound check. This can often be a frustrating time with too many leaders and not enough followers, and it can turn pretty ugly if someone doesn’t take charge. Langlois...

You Can’t Change the Laws of Physics

We are excited to introduce Bob Langlois to you in this issue. Bob has extensive experience in the world of technology, particularly as it relates to churches. We hope you’ll be inspired to send in specific questions for Bob to answer—whether you’re considering...

Fewer Design Compromises, Stronger Audio for Worship

A major design consideration for houses of worship is great sound--both for music and intelligibility of the spoken word. For new designs, adaptive reuse, or upgrades of existing worship spaces, getting great audio has traditionally provided church designers and...