I have taken it upon myself this Christmas to bring you a Christmas card! After all, seeing as I’m the one who proudly bares and displays the sheep, I mean lamb-(duh!)-it seemed appropriate for me to be in charge of the Christmas letter! Let me introduce myself: My name is Kirby, the immaculate Trailer. That is, I was, until Ryan recently decided to give me a piercing with a 2x4. It hurt just a little.
We started out the year on the run as we finished a 21 room upgrade with Center for Creative Leadership. Ryan, my proud owner, was more than busy. Training new staff, managing Trevor, bidding jobs, managing Trevor, traveling for installs and conferences, managing Trevor…you get the idea! It’s true, there is no rest for a small business owner. Ryan and Trevor have also have added many more audio, video and lighting trainings to help churches get the most from their equipment. It’s exciting to get new equipment and information into your hands! We love to see you succeed. We also added several more corporate jobs this year. We all loved the work and fun install at Air Academy Federal Credit Union and the video install we did at Air Academy High School
Elizabeth, our Accounting Manager and HR, had a busy year as well. Let’s be real, working with a certain new employee has brought an increased work load to her plate. But she’s a Boss and handled it like a pro! She even planned for the team to make it to Florida for Gather Church’s new building install and back without dying! It was a miracle! Trust me, Trevor almost pulled out the Batman mask one too many times! I had the privilege to carry her well organized snacks and meals for our two week job and even got a security upgrade to help guard the fruit snacks.
Trevor, our Shop Manager and Sound expert, is becoming my new best friend. He takes care of me the best and is in charge of loading up my friends Inigo Montoya, Fezik and Vizzini. Those guys are quite impressive to the clients. They carry all the tools and Lambda tech tip secrets! That is, unless Ryan borrowed something and forgets to put it back… Did you hear? Trevor got SMAART trained this summer! I’m not sure what it did for him, but they say it’s good for the company. We’ve had fun doing audio jobs and SMAART tunes for Lander Church, Clayhouse Church, Austin Bluffs Evangelical Free church and Summit church! Great sound always makes you look more professional. We even created a traveling audio system for Front Range Alliance Church East who rents a gym on Sundays.
Jewell, our Admin Assistant, is enjoying working with the company. Usually I just see her run by on her way to morning meeting, but I hear she keeps things a little better organized in the office now days. Somehow, she even managed to do ordering and communication for our biggest job this year all the way from Italy. Good thing our blog and News Letter didn’t get sent out in Italian. She also has lots of fun working with our vendors and updating the blog and newsletters. I hear the Fun Gear and Tech Tips posted on Social media is an easy way to learn about AV the simple way.
Darcy the Ridiculous Dog chases Hank the squirrel every day. She should just give up. Hank will live on forever! Her other main job is to attend staff meetings and make sure Ryan gets his exercise opening the door for her to go in and out. Yeah, it’s fun to watch
We’ve done a lot of exciting things at Lambda this year! We expanded a lot! Trevor, Jewell, Tych, Anigo, Fezik, Vizzini and myself all joined Lambda this year! And we couldn’t be happier! We have a lot of fun here at Lambda and we hope you've had fun working with us too! We are excited to keep working together and we are excited to work with each one of you in the coming year!
May God bless you richly and may your Christmas filled with much Joy!
From our Family to Yours!
Kirby, and Everyone at Lambda!
PS Could someone stop Darcy from chewing on my tires?
A microphone’s polar pattern is the 3-dimensional space surrounding the capsule where it is most sensitive to sound. There are quite a few different patterns but here are 3 of the most popular.
Something you shouldn't live without!
If you have ever stepped up to a sound board you’ve probably seen a few knobs labeled HPF and LPF. What do those mean?
HPF and LPF stand for High Pass Filter and Low Pass Filter. Some boards have just a HPF, while some boards, especially digital, give you both. A HPF allows high frequencies to pass through, meaning it will filter out low frequencies. Some consoles have a HPF button that has a set cut at 120 or 150hz. A HPF can really help clean up vocals or instrumentation that doesn’t have a lower frequency.
A LPF does the exact opposite. It allows lows frequencies to pass through and filters out high frequencies. This is a great tool for instruments like a bass guitar or a kick drum to clean give a clean low end to your mix!
It's a simple tool anyone can use! Try it out and see the difference it can make in some of your mixes!
The HEIL PR 22 microphone is a dynamic cardioid microphone that offers greater articulation throughout its entire frequency range and has low handling noise. Noise directed at the rear of the mic is virtually eliminated through a combination of special porting & phasing plug design. This mic is a sound professional’s dream, come true.
Best-in-class rear noise rejection means that you’ll get more sound out of the PR 22 before feedback occurs. The PR 22 microphone has exceptional mids and highs. This mic is a stage-friendly mic that can take a full-on snare hit & deliver the richest sounding snare with no overload
The PR 22 is able to deliver rich vocals, warm & accurate guitar, crisp snare drums with depth, clear piano and more to the board like never before. Whether you’re recording with the PR 22 in the studio, or using it for live production, your ears will tell you it was a good choice. We love using this wireless mic with clients. It’s easy to use and produces the quality sound you need.
Equipping You To Be the Best!
Have you ever wondered how some of those special features work on your AV equipment? Here at Lambda AV we are dedicated to making your AV experience the best it can be! In our efforts to do this, did you know that Lambda offers classes and training sessions at your convenience? Yes! We do! We would love to help you and your volunteers better understand any AV equipment you have. From lighting and video to sound systems we've got you covered!
Training sessions are created for your specific needs. Lambda offers training for a few hours on any system. We also offer half day training and full day training with a free lunch provided! If a full day of training and a tasty meal isn't enough we also offer training with a checkup beforehand. This includes updating your system and fixing any connection issues you might have. Sound specific training can include your band or we can come set up multi-track recording, if your system is compatible, and practice using those tracks. The opportunities and options are limitless! There is no point in having new gear if you don't know how to use it to it's best ability. Let us show you all the tips and tricks we know!
If you are interested in knowing more about our classes and training, give us a call for a free consult.
Transform any meeting space, classroom or presentation space with KliK Boks! KLIK Boks CLASSIC boosts meeting productivity by allowing users to stream from their device, instantly. We love this handy little device and have already installed several for Churches, Nonprofits and Financial institutions in Colorado. Spend less time trying to set up your presentation and more time discussing what really matters in your meetings. Computers, tablets and smartphones can connect natively, even without installing an app. No matter if you have a Mac, PC, IOS or android, you can easily connect to the KLIK. Once connected you can easily switch from one user to another for multi-presenter conferences without the delay of presentation connection.
The KLIK Boks wireless presentation connector allows users to stream content from their computer or mobile device to a display or projector without cables. With both wired and wireless network connectivity on-board, the KLIK Boks integrates with existing infrastructure, allowing seamless availability across an organization. Connect to your monitors with HDMI or any legacy VGA video imputs. Klik creates a hotspot on it’s own or connects to your local wifi wirelessly. KLIK features a powerful media player that allows you to play music or videos.
If you're tired of how complicated having a simple meeting has become with your AV aspect, KLIK is an affordable, uncomplicated system to consider. We'd be happy to talk you through any questions you might have.
Heatshrink isn’t just for covering wire connections. When it comes to racks of equipment with lots of wiring, we think it’s a great idea to have as many reminders as possible of where those wires should be connected. As an example, in the picture above you can see labels on every connection and you can also see colored bands of heat shrink arranged in a rainbow pattern.
Heat shrink is simply rubber tubing that shrinks with heat from an inexpensive handheld heat gun. It’s an easy, quick way to remind you at a glance of wire order based on our visible spectrum of color order red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet or ROYGBIV. You can modify these layouts to fit your rack needs. Some cables have large connectors and very small cable, which can be difficult to work with for heat shrink. There is an answer to this as well as most heat shrink comes in several different ratios for shrinking. In this picture we used 3:1 heat shrink so it shrinks to 1/3 of its original size. We like to precut our heat shrink and keep it in an organized bin for easy access.
Try it out and let us know how it works for you! Do you use heatshrink to organize other things? Let us know.