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Temple De Hirsch Sinai Bellevue Sanctuary Sound System

Temple De Hirsch Sinai Bellevue Sanctuary Sound System
Rabbi Daniel A. Weiner liked the new system in the Seattle Chapel so much he wanted the same for the Bellevue Sanctuary. That building was built in 2001 so it had some acoustic treatment built into the design. Consequently we didn’t have to install any acoustic treatment to correct any issues.

The facility has a u shaped seating area with a balcony, which was a bit of a challenge as far as coverage. Because of the excellent coverage character of the Bose F1 Line Array system, it was a good fit here as well.

The Old System
The old system was fine for speaking, but not for a full worship team. As you can see in the pictures below, the system consisted of Renkus Heinz speakers mounted on the lighting truss. 3 speakers facing down to cover the u-shaped seating area. There is a sub-woofer installed in the wall to the left of the platform. The only problem there is the amp rack for the system is located approx. 100’ from the platform in another room. Consequently the sub woofer was basically non functional.

The New System
We left the old system intact and we are using it to augment the new system. We ran an output from the Soundcraft 32 Channel Stage Box to an input on the old system and patched it to a dedicated fader on the console.

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Temple De Hirsch Sinai Seattle Chapel Sound System


Temple De Hirsch Sinai - Seattle Chapel

Jim Collier the Facility/Media Director expressed the concerns they have with the Chapel. Highly reverberant, noisy, just bad for music in general. We had to correct the acoustic problems with the new sound system install or the new system would just make the problem worse.

We installed 72 Primeacoustic Beveled Edge Panels (2 ft x 4 ft x 2 inches) into the room which corrected the acoustic problem.

Next, the new system, Bose just came out with their new portable line array system (Bose F1 system with subs). So after looking at the physics and the design of the Bose system we felt it would be a perfect fit.

We weren’t wrong the system has clarity and has plenty of power to handle anything they could throw at it. The bottom end is very tight and punchy.

We did an impulse response test on the room before and after the install. This gave us a Sound Signature of the room before and after.

Here is the result. We ran a male shout and a female shout through the signature files of both and this was the result.

The first is the male shout in the room before install followed by the after install, then the female shout with the same order. Read More...
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SSL (Solid State Logic) Announces LIVE Console

SSL launch first ever live sound console at Prolight + Sound 2013

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“We are very confident that we have created a console engineers will fall in love with.”

Here is the quote from their site:

We are proud to announce the launch of ‘Live,’ the first SSL console for live sound production at Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound 2013 (Hall 5.1, Stand B.73). The ‘Live’ brings SSL’s unique approach to audio quality and console ergonomics to sound for the stage. SSL has been at the leading edge of analogue and digital audio console innovation for over 35 years. Like so many multi award winning, ground breaking and much loved consoles for Music, Broadcast and Post production SSL has created through the decades, Live promises to bring something very special to the party. Read More...
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Expectations of a Soundman!


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Home Recording Studio Drum Platform Design

Controlling drum leakage in your recording space, is probably the biggest problem in the home recording studio.
One way to solve the problem is to record the drums in the studio area while the rest of the band is recording in the control room. No more leakage but the scratch tracks are pretty much useless because of the leakage in the control room.
One problem solved and another problem is created. There has to be a better way.
If you isolate the drums properly, the leakage from the drums in the adjacent mics is not a problem. So what is the best way to isolate the drums?

The Solution: Build This

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Home Recording Studio DIY Gobo Design Diagram

Here is a gobo design that I put together for a home recording studio. It can also be used for live applications (drum surround).

The most important part of the design is the use of "Quietrock 525" you cannot scrimp on this, it costs about $65.00 per sheet (4' x 8') but it makes all the difference.

Studio Gobo design image for home and professional recording studios

The 22.5° ends of the design helps to create various configurations, by flipping them around you can create straight walls or as the picture shows create a surround. If you need a reflective surface on one side don't do the 22.5° ends, instead make it square and replace the fabric on one side the gobo with 1/2 plywood. This will give you a additional room tuning option, you can move the gobos around and have either the reflective surface or the absorbing surface exposed in your room.

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Live Recording & Audio Recording/Video Capture-Editing Studio


We are installing a complete Live Recording - Tracking studio for Christ Life Church in Tacoma, WA. They are upgrading their existing live sound system to accommodate live audio recording and live video recording.

This church is blessed with remarkable musical talent. They have produced and recorded their own CD's (in a recording studio) already and now they what to capture their live performance. Read More...
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Live Recording - analog, digital, with computer, harddisk recorder?

What are the pros using for live recording (bands)?
Things have changed rapidly in the way that we record live. We used to use a separate mixer and get a feed from the direct outs of the FOH mixer to record the performance. That practice for a long time only changed slightly when digital multi-track recorders became available. Pro-Tools has become the digital recording program of choice for many years, only because it established a foot hold early. Now things have got real interesting as far as new things to come along.

Digidesign has released the live/recording consoles (The Venue Series) which give Pro-Tools users a real good way to mix and record live, of course this would be at the high end.
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What is the best Projector for my Church?


Quantify whether you have the ability to do a rear projection system.

If you can do a rear projection system anything above 2000 lumens will work. Provided the space behind the projector is enclosed and ambient light can be controlled in that enclosure.

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Live Recording - analog, digital, with computer, harddisk style recorder, or mixer/recorder stand alone unit?

When you are ready to start "Live Recording" you will find in your research that you have a lot of options. Which one is the best? First you need to put together a couple of lists. One being the intended audience for the final product (target quality), and how to distribute it (internet, CD, DVD, DVD ROM, etc). Once you got that figured out you can start looking at what equipment and process it would take to do that type of recording. So lets look at an example:

We want to record the pastors message and put it on CD and put it up to the Web Site.
Target Quality: CD =
44KHz / 16 bit Internet = mp3 format Read More...
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