My #Anker charger is one of my favorite finds. With frequent stays in hotel rooms, VRBO's and just hanging around different conference halls and venues, I need a way to charge all my day to day stuff with ease. The#ANKER charger allows me to plug my phone, my watch and all kinds of other stuff in at the same time on a bedside table or desk and have one small plug that can plug into any outlet i run into. This brings me to some of the devices I love that charge via USB. This year at Christmas my wife bought a USB rechargeable flashlight for me; it's amazing. I am always needing flashlights while looking through AV systems and though I have owned several, they never got used more than my phone flashlight because the batteries were always dead. The USB on this flashlight allows me to top off the charge the night before I go and use it for at least a few days before I simply plug it back in.
Mix it up with Yamaha’s TF1 mixer! Yamaha has created a new mixing console to truly give you more freedom and creativity with your mixes. The TF1 is a rack mountable, digital audio mixing console expandable up to 40 input channels. TouchFlow Operation™ introduced in the TF series consoles allows the user to respond to the music and artists on stage with unprecedented speed, taking live sound reinforcement to a new level of refinement. With the TouchFlow optimized for touch panel control, experienced sound techs as well as newcomers to the field will find it easier than ever to achieve the ideal mix. This console also has advanced live recording features and seamless operation with high performance.
The TF series has also added the latest touch-screen technology to deliver an evolved experience in console operation. Smooth setup and operation, practical presets and refined design, along with software applications that integrate seamlessly with the entire system make the Yamaha worth talking about. They offer comfort and convenience in their consoles, for a wide range of users and applications. If you want to know more, don’t hesitate to ask!
This week we are excited to tell you about our friends at PixelPro and their LED wall panels! As LED becomes more affordable and more specialized, we are looking forward to using it more. LED walls are durable and robust in construction. PixelPro engineers work to ensure quality without adding costs and have the same quality standards we like to have here at Lambda. PixelPro has several different types of LED wall to accommodate your needs, but today we’ll talk about the GO-2!
The GO-2 is designed to be a great balance of value and viewing distance. It offers a huge range of color, brightness and resolution while still being within a reasonable budget. It has high pixel count creating a clean, shape image for whatever your needs are. These also have a high refresh rate for flicker free performance. The GO series is designed to have all of the fast service features of touring model LED panels. This includes fast power supply, brain and module swapping as well as a curving feature.
If you are looking for a sleek, high tech, changeable option to add to the aesthetics of your stage, give us a call about these LED walls! The possibilities are endless with these!
A few weeks back we talked about the “Lambda process” for turning your dreams of a new audio, video or lighting system into a reality. Part of that process is all about the gear testing that happens before the equipment ever gets to your location. After the gear has been ordered and has arrived in our shop, we set up all the equipment and each component in the shop just as it will be for the install. This ensures that when we arrive for the install, there aren’t any surprises and there won’t be “that one missing part.” Plus, we have an assurance that each piece of the gear we install will work for you leaving no questions of whether your new parts are faulty.
Nothing can be more frustrating than when you have a piece of gear and it doesn’t seem to be working properly, or even working at all! Here at Lambda AV one of our goals is to not just to help get your current system up and running, or even to replace the gear you already have. It’s to help you to know your system to the best of your ability! Often when you encounter problems in an audio, video or lighting system it can be daunting to try and diagnose where the issue is actually coming from. Often a quick check of signal flow and making sure all the cables are plugged in correctly can save you a lot of time and frustration! There are multiple different ways to go about checking your signal flow. I personally like to start at one end of the system and begin verifying each piece of equipment and cable is working correctly. A piece of gear like this Elite Core Cable Tester, can help you verify that all the cables are working properly. If something like testing gear feels a bit overwhelming to you, not to worry! We would love to schedule a time to do a training on your specific system and gear to help you get to know it better and know the best way to diagnose when equipment isn’t working right! From there, you will be better informed to make the decision to fix something or to plan for a replacement. If you have any questions about what our training's look like, you can check out our Article Here or contact us anytime!
A couple months back we went through a series of articles detailing different types of cable and their uses. We’re are back! Today we are going to talk about Category cables.
Category cables, also known as network cables or just “Cat” cables, consist of four twisted pairs of copper wire which have a RJ-45 end. Over the years they have increased the amount of data that can be passed over the cables. Which is why you will see Cat 5, Cat5e, Cat6, and Cat6a cables. With each iteration of the cable they increased the amount of bandwidth you can send.
Now you may be wondering “Why would an audio/video company care about network cable?”
Many new protocols for sending audio and video are using cat cable to send that signal. An example of that is HDBaseT which we talked about in a previous article (Click here to Read it!!) There are also many different audio protocols that commonly use cat cable to send signal. Many digital consoles use a cat cable as a digital snake to pass audio from the stage box to the console. Cat cables are also used by many monitor systems to pass signal out to an in-ear system personal mixing station. The other big audio-over-network protocol is Dante. Dante is an uncompressed, multi-channel digital media networking technology, with near-zero latency. There are over 1,600 Dante-enabled products are available, enabling you to mix devices from multiple manufacturers.
But back to the actual Cat cable. A common error that people make with Cat cables is that, if it fits, it will work! Because all Cat cables use the same RJ-45 ends that can be easy to assume, but that is not the case! Not only will different cables not pass the same amount of bandwidth, but some protocols, like HDBaseT, pass power over the Cat cable as well. If you plug that cable into just any jack you could seriously damage a piece of equipment. Always verify that the cable you are using for a particular piece of gear is the correct specification for that equipment!
We’ve already done several articles on cabling, but it’s important to understand the difference between them. We hope you’ve enjoyed learning, but we aren’t done yet! So, stay tuned to read more about Cat cables and so much more!
I hope you like finding new equipment as much as we do! There’s lots of amazing things in AV and we love sharing them with you!
Today is all about the Datapath display wall controller! It’s one box with four outputs and a million possibilities! Everyone faces similar challenges using video walls. Fast transmission speeds are a must for project success and often require long distances for a network of cabling. The Datapath box offers the perfect solution for staging and broadcasting. With four SDI outputs and the ability to loop multiple units together, no event is too complex. Datapath’s intuitive Wall Designer software and fully featured API means that whole projects can be quickly set up and easy to manage.
Each output monitor can take its input from any region of the input image as all the required cropping, scaling, rotation and frame-rate conversion is handled by the Datapath Box hardware. These regions can overlap to allow any output to replicate another or can be configured to support any creative splice of the source material. This allows the support of many non-rectangular screen arrangements, as well as any mix of monitor orientations allowing users to create an almost unlimited multi-monitor canvas. The Datapath also allows users to pre-load an image for immediate display in those cases when the media source or cables malfunction and no signal is being received.
The Datapath Box is the simple solution to your display wall! Ensure they are all in sync, with the desired imaging on each monitor. The options are unlimited without causing a headache!
Once you get your design finished it might feel like everything else will go quickly and you’ll have your new equipment in a matter of a few weeks, but, sadly, nothing is ever quite that simple. Even approving a simple replacement part has a whole process behind it. So, today’s tech tip is about timing your AV equipment orders to make sure you’ll get what you need when you need it.
Let me give you a glimpse into what happens behind the scenes here at Lambda!
Right: Looking so professional as we work on an order.
Once you approve your design and equipment order, we begin to put together part lists for each of our amazing distributors. Once the Purchase Orders are created, they
are sent to the vendors who check on each item for availability, processing time and if anything is back ordered. Once the order is processed, it is finally sent for shipment.
As soon as we receive all the items for your order we open and test each one to ensure we are installing quality products in your building! We want only the best for you! Once we know we have everything, that it is all working, we order the cabling, structuring and any special tools needed to install it all for you.
So, ordering equipment can be a big process and though we do our best to keep timing short for you, items can be back ordered or damaged in the mail or have multiple other problems. Some items are only made upon order, such as speakers, and are finely handcrafted for you and only you! Keeping these things in mind when you place your order will help you to plan ahead about your install and hopefully decrease the stress of wondering when you will receive your new equipment.
You might think it’s silly to place an order three months before you’ll need it, but it’s always better to be ahead rather than trying to rush or force something that might not be possible. So, if you are thinking about doing anything for Easter this year, now would be a great time to plan and talk with us about your ideas. We’ll be able to help you come up with a schedule and if what you are hoping for is possible to achieve in your time frame!