We often break down entire video systems and give you an overview of everything we did on an install. This time we wanted to provide you with a glimpse into some of the thought processes of deciding what gear you should choose and how different combinations of equipment can change the result of your production.
While there is no wrong answer to what camera or lens you should select, you want it to fit your use case. When picking out the configuration of your AV gear, it can be hard to find the information required to even start to figure out what pieces you want, let alone what you actually need. We often see this come up with the Ursa Mini camera by Blackmagic Design. Blackmagic offers several Ursa Mini camera variations, and on top of that, multiple mounting options: Pl, B4, EF, etc. Let’s look at a quick overview of these.
When Rocky Mountain Calvary (RMC) first approached us about doing an audio system upgrade, one of the main areas of concern and they really wanted to focus on was improving coverage in their main worship space and adding intelligibility. We reached out to Danley Sound Labs to have them design a system that would provide just what the church asked for. They did a great job of understanding what the church was after and designing a system to fit that!
The main portion of the sound system was… 1 speaker! Yes, when we told RMC they responded with the same question I’m sure you are asking. “How could 1 speaker cover an almost 2000 seat auditorium?”
Let's take a minute to talk about a great little speaker option. We installed this in a small broadcast room for a church to give them quick, quality sound for their workspace!
The PreSonus Eris E44 studio monitors deliver an expanded, highly accurate frequency response and the widest stereo field available in its class. It has dual 4.5-inch, woven composite LF/midrange drivers, 1.25-inch, silk-dome HF driver that ensures smooth high-frequency performance that is never fatiguing to the ears. And for inputs, you can choose between balanced XLR, balanced ¼-inch TRS, and unbalanced RCA inputs for seamless integration into any environment. One of our favorite features about these speakers is the ability to orient them horizontally or vertically, allowing for useability in a variety of workspaces!
Do you need some sound in one of your workspaces? We have a variety of options to make sure you have the best tools for your needs!
We all know that the last few years have brought a lot of new ways in how people interact with AV. It has highlighted the area's businesses will need to focus on as they build their systems and seek to keep people engaged and connected through changing times. So, what does this mean for you, and how does it affect your vision for your business?
Many churches get to a point when growth, new goals, new building, or just equipment age forces them to think about upgrading. Everything might still be working reasonably well, but it’s harder to accommodate new asks or larger worship teams. Or perhaps the equipment is just old enough that parts are no longer available and your confidence in it lasting through a weekend just isn’t there anymore. If this is the case, where do you even start to make a plan? This is really where Lambda comes in. Rocky Mountain Calvary in Colorado Springs hit a point where their equipment was old, goals were changing, and budget was available to make some changes, so they reached out to us looking for an idea of what steps to take next.
When we met up with the RMC tech team, they expressed first of all wanting to upgrade the audio system. The tech team very much wanted a new soundboard and waves audio plugins. When we saw their building though, we noticed speaker system was more than 10 years old and had lost much of the fidelity from when they were installed. They also just didn’t fit the space as well as new technology could. So, we suggested upgrading the speakers first and then replacing the soundboard, integrating waves audio effects, and maybe even some new mics. This would ensure they would have good audio from the absolute start to the end. We met up with the team from RMC several times to build request lists, talk about dreams and goals, and even moving through older equipment talking about what new equipment is capable of. In the end, they decided on upgrading four major areas: Camera lenses and a video switcher, speakers, soundboard, and house lighting. We also discussed future steps such as led walls and staging pieces to add dynamic.
As lead Lamb around here, (Duh the Lamb writing this year), I take it upon myself each year to regal you with the accomplishments and tales of the crew at Lambda throughout the year. Originally, there was a board meeting discussion of removing me as your narrator and doing something light and fluffy and Dr. Seusy for the children, but I can’t have anyone ruin Christmas traditions, so we’ll call this letter the Lamb who stole the Christmas letter: Coffee Edition.
The Hornet only weighs 2.2lb’s and draws 150W and is designed to work with a variety of applicators including softboxes, Fresnel’s, beauty dishes, reflectors, and more. Billions of color combinations combined with 12,000 lumens of sharp ultra-bright output make the Hornet 200-CX one of the most versatile lights ever built. Along with lots of customizable options, you can also use Bluetooth control from your phone to choose from hundreds of presets or create your own unique light colors, animated lighting effects, and controls right from your pocket!
At a glance, the Hornet is built from durable aircraft-grade aluminum, with a high, Omni-color LED output at 12,000 lumens. It’s light, portable, and easily controlled or changed up in a few minutes making it the perfect, versatile light for any occasion.
With more and more emphasis on broadcast in today’s world, a good pair of headphones is critical to monitoring program output, along with a variety of other things. One of our favorites for this is the Audio Technica ATH-M70X’s. These have proprietary 45mm large-aperture drivers and do an excellent job to reproduce extreme low and high frequencies while maintaining perfect balance. They are ideal for studio mixing and tracking, FOH, mastering, post-production, and personal listening. As they are a closed-back headphone design, the studio headphones provide excellent sound isolation and are equipped with 90° swiveling earcups for easy, one-ear monitoring.
If you need a Com system for a small to mid-sized production team, we’ve got something new for you! The Solidcom M1 from Hollyland is the perfect solution! This wireless intercom setup supports up to 8 team members, providing them each with a wireless belt pack and a professional wired single-ear headset. This affordable com system provides clear, conversational communication without interference. The built-in panel antenna on the M1 base station can provide one-way transmission to belt packs up 1312' away fronting the panel, and an extra 164' at the back (line-of-sight). Not only that, but if you need to expand your coverage and team support, you can utilize the cascade connection feature to join this system to a second Solidcom M1 intercom system, linking both base stations together. We’ve had fun doing demo’s of this com set and trust us when we say, you will not be disappointed!
We love our Quasar lights! Quasar produces a neat LED light bar that is lightweight, versatile, and great for a variety of applications. Their Linear Lamps offer a low profile yet broad lighting source that is capable of providing everything from traditional three-point subject lighting to architectural accents and general area lighting. So, whether you are planning to light actors or environments, Quasar has it covered!
With color, fade, and dimmable options, Quasar is a great choice for creating your next lighting project or stage design! If you are interested in a demo, or have any questions about Quasar, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org anytime!
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