Friday, February 20, 2015

Overstock Clearance Sale at CCI

CCI is cleaning out the warehouse. Here's a list of what's being marked down to move it. They're small images, but if you doubleclick an image, it will enlarge for you. Or you can find the whole pdf here.

These will eventually make it to the website, but it'll take the web-jockeys several days to get this all done, and I expect that some of this will have found new homes by then.

If you find something that interests you, give me a call (800/426-8664, x2155) and we'll get it ordered for you. If you're looking at a bunch of gear, make a list and we'll see what we can do. Or hit me up at dmclain(at)ccisolutions(dot)com.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Shure's Bodypack Frequency Diversity

Frequency Diversity

Seamless, uninterrupted audio in the face of direct interference

Frequency Diversity simultaneously transmits on two separate frequencies to ensure seamless, uninterrupted audio for mission-critical channels.
Unprecedented in wireless microphone technology, Frequency Diversity enables audio transmission from a single source on two independent radio frequencies. With Frequency Diversity mode enabled, the Axient Receiver continuously analyzes signal quality and uses both frequencies to provide optimized audio on a single channel.
With two frequencies transmitting the same audio, the presence of direct RF interference on one frequency causes zero interruption. Instead of producing annoying dropouts or audio artifacts, the receiver seamlessly and automatically switches to the other frequency, delivering clean, uninterrupted audio.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Easy-To-Use, Affordable Streaming Service for Churches

There are a lot of churches that are streaming services – live or on demand – to the web, or are streaming live services to additional campuses. I keep hearing about challenges and frustrations with setting up their service, and with keeping them up and running.

And there are a lot of modest-sized churches that are wanting to stream their services to the web for members who can’t (or won’t!) be there on Sunday morning, or make them available for on-demand viewing later in the week.

And more and more churches are considering multiple campuses, and wondering how to stream the sermon live to their other locations.

We’ve begun working the Streambox folks, and I’m actually impressed. I have to admit, they’re not used to working with churches. They’re more used to working with NBC News or CNN or Comcast.

But they absolutely have the chops to set up churches and other ministries, whether you’re portable or in a permanent location. (You can even broadcast from your iPhone!)

Check ‘em out at NAB or hit me up for more information.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Mixing with the Pros Workshop

You’re invited to a special FREE workshop which will give you in depth knowledge of how to mix on the latest generation of digital mixers.  Soundcraft is bringing 6 of their Expression series digital mixers here to CCI Solutions so you can get “hands on” training time on a digital mixer.  Each mixer is networked together with a multitrack audio feed so you will do your own personal mix and learn how to access EQ, Compression, Gating and effects in real time.  You’ll also learn about the power of “sends on faders” and how you actually see in real time all of the channel levels that you’re sending to each monitor mix.  Learn how to properly set up your mixer for optimum gain structure, use busses, route signals, set up mute groups and use effects in your mix.  For those with more advanced requirements, we’ll cover digital networking, remote stage boxes and on-stage monitor mixers used with digital mixers.  There will also be time to cover your individual questions and situation with Soundcraft and CCI Solutions Pros on hand.

Attendance at this 3 hour workshop is completely FREE of charge courtesy of Soundcraft and your friends at CCI Solutions.

The workshop will be held in the CCI Solutions conference room on Tuesday, February 25th at 2PM.  The workshop will run about 2-3 hours.  Seating is limited to 20 people, so please reserve your spot by contacting Eileen Forman at CCI Solutions via email at

We look forward to seeing you here for Mixing with the Pros!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Projector Manufacturer Express Repair Phone Numbers

I'll try to add to this as I run into more numbers.

#1, #1, #2, #3

Epson Roadside Assistance

#2, #2

Mitsubishi Roadside Assistance
ext. 5

NEC Display Solutions

Panasonic ZipIt Express Repair

Philips LCD Emergency Service

Sharp Express Repair
ext. 2

Sony On-Time LCD Support

Sony Consumer Parts

If you have other service numbers, especially secret back-door numbers, please share them with me:

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Cable Coiling Instructions

Coiling cable correctly is actually pretty important. Here's a good explanation of how to do it well.

(It will seriously extend the life of your cables to coil them correctly!)

Monday, July 23, 2012

A Glossary of Technical Sound Terms

In the process of selecting the right sound equipment, it can be a daunting task to wade through all the jargon used to describe different features and functions. Below is a glossary of several common technical terms used in live sound and recording.
This list will help you when trying to understand differences between equipment and selecting what will fit your needs best.

Ambient Microphones: A Sensitive mic, usually a condenser type, used to pick up the entire ambient sound of the room.
Auxiliary (AUX) Send: An output from the mixing console comprising a mix of signals from channels and groups derived independently of the main stereo/group mixes. Commonly used for monitor, record, effects or sound enhancement sends.
Bus: A mix of a number of audio signals, feeding to a common output.
De-esser (DS): A sibilance controller. Sibilance is a situation in which consonants like S's and T's are unduly prominient in speaking or singing. The de-esser is a signal processor that passes a signal unaltered unless it encounters high signal levels in roughly the 6kHz to 8 kHz range, where sibilant sounds occur. It momentarily compresses the signal to lower the level of these frequencies.
Equalizer (EQ): A device that boosts or cuts selected bands of frequencies in the signal path.
Fader: A linear (slider) control providing level adjustment.
Feedback: The “howling” or “ringing” sound caused by bringing a microphone too close to a loudspeaker driven from its amplified signal.
Frequency response: The range and accuracy with which components in a sound system handle different frequencies. Measurement is in hertz or kilohertz (Hz to KHz). The range of response on the low end of a 1/3 octave equalizer typically runs from 20 Hz on the low end to 20,000 Hz (or 20 KHz) on the high end.
Gain: The variation in level of a signal. Proper gain structure within a sound system allows for maximum dynamic range and the minimum level of noise a system is capable of generating.
Headroom: The available signal range above the nominal level before distortion occurs. Headroom may be thought of as a safety margin that allows room for all those dynamic peaks that give impact to music.
Limiter: A device which clamps the level of an audio signal below a preset limit, to avoid the possibility of overloading other parts in the signal path. A limiter, if properly set, will prevent distortion, feedback, or a signal level that is too strong — and will be transparent in nature.
Nominal: A signal's “average” level. Output meters of a properly gain-structured mixing console will read zero when the program material is at nominal level.
Peak: The high point in signal level clipping, or distortion, begins.
PFL (Pre-Fade Listen): A function that allows an operator to monitor the pre-fade signal in a channel independently of the main mix.
Phantom Power: The +48V power supply available at the channel mic inputs, for condenser mics and active direct boxes.
Trim Control: Sets the amount of gain created by the microphone preamp. The trim control is a variable setting knob provided for balancing signal levels between mixer inputs for the wide variety of input devices plugged into a mixer. For example, a tape deck provides a stronger output than a microphone. The trim control level for a tape deck will be set much lower than for that of a microphone. Individually setting the trim controls for each device allows a sound system operator to set the input faders of a mixer at unity gain — the optimal setting for each input.
Unity Gain: When a gain-providing circuit is set for zero boost. Settings at unity gain typically ensure balanced signal levels and a hedge against feedback

From CCI Solutions. Used with permission.