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Sound System Installation for Church and House of Worship
Posted on March 3, 2016 by mkallis
The past 10 years or so has seen a dramatic change in the way many Houses of Worship approach their services: sound or pa systems have also changed dramatically in response to this change. In the past, a typical Church PA system likely consisted of a microphone and small mixing board, power amp, and speakers to simply amplify the pastor's voice. Larger systems may have included some microphones for the choir and possibly auxilliary speakers for the nursery. Today, with full bands and worship music taking center stage in many church services, the demands for larger, more complex pa and lighting systems have increased; many systems include large format mixing consoles, several different active and passive speaker systems, DMX controllable lighting systems, In ear monitor systems, video projection systems and more. At Sound Source Music, we have been installing pa systems for Houses of Worship since 1978 and have been there to witness these changes. If your church is in need of an upgrade to accommodate modern worship trends, or simply to have your system serviced (whether you purchased it from us or not), we have the right mix of products, experience, and expertise to help you. We offer free consultation to churches and have for years; this is how we have begun many long lasting relationships with local Houses of Worship. From large sound systems, video projection screens, to full scale lighting systems, we have done it. Do you want to schedule a consultation in the Mattoon/Charleston/Effingham area? Simply call 217-258-8919...we would love to meet with you and discuss your needs. You can also visit our store at 1609 Broadway Ave. in Mattoon. We would love to give you a hands on demo of some of the exciting products that are at the core of the modern worship service. Behringer x32 digital mixing consoles, along with their convenient p16 personal monitor systems have been a huge hit at many local churches. We are equally excited about Yamaha's new TF series digital mixing boards...we have found that the interface is very user friendly with many simplified, one-knob features that make tasks such as setting channel gain, compressor ratios, and eq a breeze. Digital consoles also give you the ability to completely reshape and automate things to accommodate many different users and many different situations (choir rehearsal one day, service the next, funeral the next etc.). Another product that offers exciting potential for Houses of Worship are Shure's new GLX Digital wireless microphone systems. These systems offer excellent performance and reliability, are affordable for nearly any budget and, most importantly, have rechargeable batteries that remain charged for 18 hours! No more dead batteries in the middle of a service. No more blowing half of your budget on batteries...these systems pay for themselves. Another specialty of ours is full blown lighting and video projection systems. Lighting has evolved tremendously over the past several years, and churches have been among those to take advantage of the changes. Lighting today is so much more than simply providing light...it can completely reshape the look and atmosphere of your sanctuary. Similarly, video projection systems have become more of a rule, rather than an exception, at most services. We offer installation of video projection systems large and small that can interface with any video system...computers, dvd etc. Again, we offer free consultation. Whether you are looking for a massive, full scale upgrade, or simply wondering why the pastor's mic can't be heard clearly, we would love to meet you and discuss solutions for your situation. Please, give us a call at 217-258-8919.

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Are Electric Drums for You?
Posted on February 22, 2016 by mkallis
When we look at the history of drums, it is also interesting to look at the history of another instrument: the piano. For hundreds of years, the acoustic piano was a staple of nearly every home; a home entertainment device and a cornerstone piece of furniture that defined the typical American home. Around 15 to 20 years ago, the music industry began to see a change in the trend of piano sales; traditional acoustic piano sales were declining while electronic/digital pianos were picking up steam. Now, this trend has come to full fruition with many acoustic piano dealers declaring bankruptcy while the sales of digital pianos continue to skyrocket. While this may be a disappointment to the purists, the reasons for this change are plentiful: 1. technology had reached a point where pianos felt and sounded very, very close to traditional pianos, 2. the maintenance, transport, and upkeep of a traditional piano is costly (and a pain in the rear) compared to digital pianos, 3. digital pianos offered many more features that provided entertainment for the entire family and were more well suited to a generation of students who had grown up with computers and video games. At Sound Source Music, we were lucky enough to embrace and see this trend through: we began as a Piano/Organ dealer in 1978. My how times have changed! Fast forward to 2016 and we can see the parallels the drum industry is going through. But, before we get into that, let us say that you cannot beat a high-quality, well-maintained drum kit (same is true for pianos). Ask nearly any drummer and they will certainly agree. Unfortunately, as was true for pianos, the logistics of owning and maintaining an acoustic drumkit can be dismaying...the costs of drumsticks and spending $150 to $200 for new heads once a year or so...the loud volume that makes acoustic drums impractical for home practice, stage performances, houses of worship, schools...the fact that you need to own a van or pickup truck to perform somewhere besides your home....having to purchase 4 to 8 microphones to amplify them for larger performances. These factors are all contributing to the steadily increasing rise in sales of electronic drums. It's not just the limitations of acoustic drums that are contributing to this trend: electronic drumsets have become excellent in quality and the price is as affordable as ever, with high quality electric drumsets costing the same as a typical entry-level acoustic drumset. The amount of options today's electronic drumsets offer is staggering: multiple zone pads, hundreds of high-quality sounds (hip hop kits, rock kits, jazz kits etc.), dynamics and feel very similar to a traditional kit, incredible ease of setup and transport, ease of editing (Yamaha's DTX Touch app puts hundreds of sounds easily within reach via your cell phone!)...these features are now available in even our entry-level Yamaha DTX400 Electronic drumkit which sells for only $499. All of these factors are causing many drummers who, in the past turned their noses up at electric drums, to consider making the change. We've seen these changes before in pianos which has led us to an increased dedication to electronic drums: we are now Central Illinois largest dealer of electric drums. Sure, this is a slightly controversial topic and may anger a few purists...we've seen this before. We invite you to stop in the store and judge for yourself...you may be surprised at how good you sound and feel playing our kits (the DTX562k will blow your mind); you may also be surprised at how much easier and fun electronic drums can make your life.
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