If you have been following us on Facebook, Twitter or our new Instagram feed you have likely seen a few pictures of equipment that is going to be installed at Victory Church. Although it is said "pictures speak a thousand words", sometimes it's nice to have the words too!
So often we encounter scratchy cables, loose wall plate connections, dead channels on a snake, burned out light bulbs, or the infamous "humming speaker syndrome". Not only do audio and lighting problems happen at the worst time (ie. during a performance), but they can also lead to more costly damages if not properly and quickly addressed. Much like a home owner regularly maintains their heating and air condition systems, a venue owner should maintain their audio and lighting systems on a routine basis.
Why is audio and lighting system maintenance important?
Dutchman provides customer specific maintenance services
Dutchman offers a customized maintenance arrangement for each client. Each arrangement encompasses the desires of the client, the use of the venue, the equipment specifications and the client's budget. The maintenance arrangement is designed to prolong the life and quality of the audio and lighting system, eliminate any interference or distractions, and reduce expensive repairs and equipment replacement.
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Pair of QSC K10 Powered Speakers for $1,299
Purchase a pair of QSC K10 powered speakers for $1,299.00 (as compared to Musician's Friend of $1,499.98).
These are excellent multi-use powered speakers. Light weight, 1000 watts, 10" LF / 1.75" HF drivers. Click on the image for more details!
PreSonus 16.0.2 Console W/ Carrying Case for $1,199
Purchase a PreSonus 16.0.2 console w/ carrying case for $1,199.00 (regular price of $1,299.00 w/o case)
The PreSonus 16.0.2 console offers a wide variety of functionality for both live and recording purposes. Excellent digital processing including state of art effects. And yes, this is compatible with your iPad or iPhone. Click on the image for more details!
PreSonus AudioBox Studio for $199
Purchase the PreSonus AudioBox Studio Package for $199.00 (regular price of $249.95)
Want to do some home recording or even track live events? The AudioBox Studio package is the ticket. Includes:
* AudioBox USB Interface
* StudioOne 2 Recording Software
* M7 Condenser Microphone
* HD7 Monitoring Headphones
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Cables - Buy 2 Get 1
Buy 2 cables and get 1 cable (of equal or lesser value) FREE!
This is a great way to refresh or replace your cable inventory. We offer a wide variety of ProCo Cables at many price points. This offer is valid on XLR, Instrument, Speaker, and DMX cables only.
Click on the image for ProCo products or give us a call or email!
After receiving mixed reviews of the Super 55 (3rd gen), I was a bit skeptical of trying this microphone out on the job. After using this mic on several people in several different venues, this unit has brought a smile to my face each time. Here's our review:
Many reviews mentioned a low-gain signal that sometimes needed a preamp to obtain enough signal prior to the console. Intense popping when pronouncing "P"s and an extremely high sizzle on "S"s. A few people even mentioned feedback issues which brought on all kinds of stress when committing to test right on the job.
It is always exciting when the FedEx truck arrives at the shop. Just from the box alone, I could tell this microphone had some serious size and steel. Unpacked, this mic just looks amazing with the nostalgia fit and finish. The threated mic stand fitting and XLR connection as an all in one unit encased in steel is durable and sleek. The mic, although heavy, is one solid unit and I must add that the blue foam is a great touch. Time to give it a whirl.
One item to note is that when mounting on a mic stand, the lock nut must be removed from the stand in order to provide enough clearance for the XLR connection. Set it up, plug it in, and away we go. First concern was the gain. In comparison to a SM58, the Super 55 required just a slightly higher gain, about 5db to be exact for both the SM58 and Super 55 to be equal. Perfect! Now for the monitor check... well, it was amazing. I could push more volume through the floor wedges than with the SM58 before feedback. Perfect! Also noticed that there was no issue of popping when pronouncing "P" or "Pff" as well as no harsh sizzle on an "S". Rather, this mic has a much cleaner sound than a SM58. The final test was through the front of house and to see what the FOH engineer thought (based on what adjustments were made). The result was a smile on his face and a flat EQ!
"It was such a great tone that I made no adjustments" ~ Adam Geesaman.
A little more review of the Super 55 history revealed that the 2nd general (with an on/off switch) were the models that had low gain and a harsh tone. So for musicians and vocalist, we advise that you make sure to purchase the 3rd generation Super 55 (without the on/off switch). The 3rd generation mic is one of the best sounding microphones for live application at a price point of $240. Strong, durable, great clarity, low feedback, and a cool appearance are some characteristics we used to describe the mic as we were testing. Highly recommend the 3rd gen Shure Super 55.
Check out Shure's website for more information: Shure Super 55
Nothing like some good rockin’, in your face, country music on a Saturday night.... and no one does it better than Deezle Church!
Deezle Church, based in Central Pennsylvania, is made up of Jim Horn (vocals & acoustic guitar), Darrell Adams (guitar & vocals), Brian Miller (guitar & vocals), Curt Daub (bass & vocals), and Wade Corbin (drums & vocals). This group of musicians are reviving "outlaw” country music with their powerful vocals, southern rock guitar licks, and rock solid bass and drum grooves. They also are excellent songwriters with an album on the verge of release! Stay tuned to our blog as we’ll announce the release!
No problem for these guys! Having performed with David Allan Coe, Randy Houser, and Colt Ford, Deezle Church is one of the area’s most sought after country groups. Ask any venue in the area and they will rant and rave about the energy this group brings to the clubs, not to mention an amazing following of fans.
Not only do venues and fans enjoy their high energy performance, this group of guys are a true class act. The band members are easy to work with, the group is organized and operates like a well oiled machine. No headaches, no hassles, just a great group of musicians with an excellent fan base looking to bring the party to a venue, event, or festival near you.
Stay tuned to their next shows via their facebook page or twitter feed.
Raise your hand if you have ever heard anyone complain about a microphone not being of good quality. I am sure I am not the only one. This is a pretty common complaint. Especially from vocalists. I am not saying that singers shouldn't be picky. By all means they should be. After all the microphone they use can make their vocal sound smooth and crystal clear or... well... let's just say bad.
Now answer this question. When is the last time you heard anyone complain about a direct box? If you have I would be surprised. It just doesn't happen very often. I think direct boxes tend to be the stepchild of the audio world. To many times people take them for granted even though you would be very hard pressed to find a venue without them.
When I first started learning about sound my mentor told me that, "Direct boxes should be treated like mic's. They serve the same function and no one goes out and buys the cheapest mic from Radioshack to save a few bucks on their lead vocal. Why do it for your DI too?"
This has stuck with me throughout the years and has served me well. It certainly makes a lot of sense. This little box is what is getting your guitar or keys into the PA system. Why would you go out and pay $1200 for a guitar that has the "best tone you ever heard" and then run it through a $15 piece of junk?
Having a great DI will let the natural untampered sound of your instrument ring through. Great DI's don't color the sound like cheap ones do. They get out of the way so the sound you hear unplugged is the sound the audience gets at your venue.
So the next time you go out and buy a direct box think twice. I promise it is worth the extra $100 to get the nice one.
written by | Adam Geesaman
Horns, tight bass and drum grooves, and powerhouse vocals filled the air of Central PA Saturday June 8th. This weekend we had the opportunity to provide production for the eight piece soul band Burning House. Covering all the best soul and early funk favorites, these musicians deliver energy on and off the stage.
Be sure to check out Burning House at:
www.burninghouse.com or on Facebook
Today marks the beginning of a new era at Dutchman Soundworks. Not only do we have a fresh new logo and a snazzy new website (you should check it out!) we also have a new partner.
Dutchman Soundworks is pleased to announce that Adam Geesaman has come on board the team to help continue the mission of providing quality sound reinforcement and production services to our clients. We are very excited about what Adam will bring to the team and where we are going in this new stage of business and we know that you will all be better served because of this.
If you are curious about Adam you can visit www.dutchmansound.com to read a full bio.