We’ve been looking at a series of cable and equipment testers recently. These tools help give us ideas when troubleshooting systems and how to proceed. If you know a cable is bad it is much easier to replace it than your other pieces of equipment. So, here’s another cable tester we use and love!
You simply plug each end of your cable into the appropriate connections and turn the knob to check each pin connection. LED's confirm each conductor continuity and connection status of each wire. This is such a useful tool for us! It allows us to check every connection we terminate before we install that cable on any job site. If we are having an issue with a cable this is a quick and simple way to check and make sure that the cable is not the problem.
It can be really helpful to have cable testers as part of your toolbox. They can save you so much time and sometimes turn a seemingly big problem into a simple fix.
We realize that sometimes you just want to make a simple cable swap or another easy change on your own. At Lambda our main mission has always been to empower people to know their equipment and be able to get the most out of it. This is why the team at Lambda has been working hard to create resources for you to use this last year, including instructional graphics for camera operators.
We want to continue to provide practical tips for you to use so your company and staff can continue to grow. So, be sure to send us any questions or topics you’d like to see addressed here or on social media. Also, be sure to keep reading future issues as we have a lot of DIY tips coming up and if you haven’t heard about our jobsite guide, we’d love to get one into your hands! More to come!
A while back we talked about the “Lambda process” for turning your dreams of new audio, video, or lighting system into a reality. A big part of that process is all about the gear testing that happens in our shop before the equipment ever gets to your location. After the gear has been ordered and arrives, we set up all the equipment and each component in our 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.” Along with that, 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. This detailed process not only assures that each piece is built properly, but that they all work together flawlessly.
*Note: Photos were pre-Covid. If you want to know more about Lambda's safety measures, or how your next appointment will look like, click HERE!
One of the projects we have not had the chance to showcase this year is a church campus launch that we helped with at the beginning of 2020. One of the great opportunities we have as a business is to see the organizations we work with grow and expand. New Life church in Colorado Springs, wanted to launch a new campus on the east side of the Springs. Our role in the launch was designing the video system.
With more holidays just around the corner and the continued uncertainties of what will happen next with Covid, the team at Lambda wants to make sure you we can give you the best tools and tips for making this season special! This year certainly wasn’t what we all expected and will look different as we plan ahead. Be sure to read last week’s article with a few ways you can make your system better this season without ordering a whole new system!
As we continue to look at ways to improve video stream, audio, and lighting for the holidays, we thought it would be a good week to check out these five tips to prepare your system for holiday productions!
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A local church in town, Zeal, came to us asking to help them build a portable church system. They already had a few pieces of equipment but were looking for a few more tech pieces to have a service every week in a school building. At first glance, it may not sound too tricky or like an excessively big job. What do you need for a portable system, just some speakers and a mic and you are good to go, right?? The task was a little bigger than that.
We were very excited when we walked into a job and saw the Lambda Audio Guides printed off and sitting on the desk. If you haven't already checked out the great resources on our website, now's the time! These guides will change the way you train your volunteers and are a solid resource for reminding yourself of the essentials too! Check out lambdaav.io/resources for Audio AND Video guides!!!
Did you know you can schedule a training day with Lambda too?
The cost is reasonable because we believe your team is your greatest asset! You can ask us for more specific and advanced training depending on your team's needs. We have experts across our Lambda in Audio, Video, and Lighting who are passionate about what they do and love to share every tip and trick they have. We make these training sessions unique to you and can build on skills that you want your team to have.
If there’s anything you’re looking to learn or maybe even help training new volunteers, contact us any time. We’d love to discuss different Training options for your team!
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Lambda's Resource Page is growing! And this time we have some invaluable Audio Engineer guides and tips for you to produce a professional mix.
Whether you're an pro audio engineer who needs a few refreshers or are just learning the ropes, we know you'll love these creative graphics!
We love to create resources for you to continue to learn or even just give you a reference point to come back to. Because at Lambda we believe you and your team are the most important part of an AV system! We believe not only in giving you the best gear, but in giving you all the tools to succeed.
Be sure to share with your friends and check out the other resources our team of professionals have put together for you!
Audio Engineer Tips Here
A Walk Through Summit Audio System
The backbone of the Summit audio system is Dante. Dante is an Audio-over-IP protocol that allowed us to create an audio system that was both functional and reliable, but also gave Summit church the ability to grow and change as the situation dictated now and down the road.
Now, an Audio-over-IP system is only as good as the network it is built on. Most Dante enabled devices allow you to run gear on two separate networks, a primary and a secondary, at the same time. To make sure we built in as much redundancy as possible, we ran the entire system with a complete separate secondary network so that if one network failed at any time, there would be a backup. So, let’s go on a virtual tour of the system!!
At Front of House we replaced the Midas M32 with a Yamaha CL5. This brought them from 32 input/16 outputs to 72 input/24 outputs! A big change to say the least. We didn’t get rid of the M32 however, but we’ll come back to that later.
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