Archives For Gear

These are posts that discuss instruments, music equipment, and general gear and software used by worship leaders and musicians. Whether you need help finding an amp for worship or a microphone that doesn’t break your budget, these helpful hints will provide insight into the gear market today.

The Gen16 “acoustic / electric” System with Direct Source Pickup & Firmware 2.0 utilizes a patented, professional audio controller / cymbal processor; a new sensor/preamp; and patented, reduced volume Zildjian cymbals. It is a perfect match for electronic, acoustic or hybrid A/E drum and percussion setups. It can be used with the Gen16 reduced volume or traditional Zildjian acoustic cymbals allowing the audio of each cymbal to be managed independently. When using Gen16 cymbals, there is up to a 70% reduction in cymbal SPL with real acoustic sound and feel. Gen16 cymbals are first and foremost acoustic cymbals.

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As worship leaders, many times the responsibility of purchasing sound and lighting equipment with the church budget falls upon us. Church music has become a major target audience for most gear manufacturers and is a growing market while other markets are shrinking.

Churches are becoming much more tech savvy and, in some cases, worship rooms rival the best music venues in the country.

As pastors and stewards of God’s resources, it is our responsibility to make “God inspired” decisions on spending church money. The following guidance might prove helpful when you get ready to make that next A/V purchase…

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This is a new favorite of ours and should be for any songwriter, musician, podcaster or videographer. Right out of the box we were very impressed with the construction and stand for the Yeti. It is extremely solid and looks amazing. There are more tools on the Yeti than are on Blue’s well loved USB Snowball. It boasts new functions and sound capabilities.

To start the Yeti is a multi-pattern USB microphone. It combines 3 capsules and four switchable pattern settings which make it useful for recording in stereo, recording a single vocal or instrument or capturing an entire room of sound. There is a built-in headphone amplifier which provides zero-latency monitoring and volume control for monitoring purposes. There is also an instant mute which is useful during playback or if you are using monitors other than headphones. Another new feature is the microphone gain located on the back of Yeti. This gives the Yeti a flexible gain structure. It works like a microphone preamp rather than forcing you to adjust it with software. Having headphone controls and mic gain controls make the Yeti operate like an audio interface for your computer…

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Any Electric guitar player will tell you that you can only squeeze the best possible tone out of your amp when the volume is cranked. You’ll end up with a much punchier and more responsive sound when you do. Sadly this isn’t always viable option for everyone.

As guitar players, I think we’re all aware of the age-old battle of stage volume vs. sound guy. This is especially true at churches. The average church-goer is simply not used to the amount of rock a cranked AC30 brings. Think of the blue haired lady in the front row of your 8:00 AM service. She won’t take kindly to getting blasted in the face with a shredding guitar solo, even if you do sound just like The Edge…

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