Church AV Needs For The Holidays

by: Carol Emmens

church av needs for the holidaysAs the holidays approach, the spotlight—sometimes literally—will be on how houses of worship communicate and how they present their pageants, holiday shows or services.

The audiovisual systems will be more important than ever. They will be expected to have the highest level of resolution and fidelity in their stereo systems, projectors and flat screens, and even their own phones, tablets or digital cameras.

They will be expected to be easy to use, and to offer the capabilities of video capture and distribution. Often that is not easy to achieve because of the challenges of a house of worship’s design and construction (e.g. hard surfaces and high ceilings).

Now is the time to evaluate the equipment that the church owns and to assess whether or not it needs to be retrofitted or enhanced based for how the audiovisual systems will be used:

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Rebate Offer – dbx DriveRack PA2

dbx DriveRack PA2“Setting up a PA can be challenging even under the best of circumstances, and with the introduction of the DriveRack PA2, local musicians, weekend warriors, semi-pro players, wedding bands and even established artists and venues now have a remarkably effective tool for getting better live sound than ever before,” said Noel Larson, Market Manager, Portable PA, Tour, and Recording at HARMAN Signal Processing.

The dbx DriveRack PA2 is termed a ‘Loudspeaker Management System’ and that is exactly what it accomplishes. It manages the input & output of your system’s speakers to provide you with the optimum sound quality for the room in which the system is installed. It automatically adjusts the EQ with it’s improved proprietary AutoEQ™ and limits feedback issues with the built in AFS™ (Advanced Feedback Suppression). All this can be controlled via your mobile device or laptop using Ethernet control via an Android®, iOS®, Mac®, or Windows® device.

Through the end of 2014, if the PA2 is used as a part of a Zeo Systems installation or is added to your current system, you can fill out the form for a $100 rebate!!

Common Core State Standards

AV and Common Core Educational Standards

by: Carol Emmens

We at Zeo Systems pride ourselves on being at the forefront of changes in the AV world. At the start of the 2014-2015 academic year, new educational standards known as Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were launched nationwide. Because of the wide discrepancies in educational standards from state to state, educators across the country established Common Core as a national set of standards and testing for math, science, and English for grades K-12. Pennsylvania is one of 44 states to voluntarily adopt the standards.

Common Core’s main objectives for students set the bar high:

  1. To Be Prepared for College or Work
  2. To Succeed in a Global Economy
  3. To Develop Critical Thinking
  4. To Solve Problems

To achieve those goals, schools everywhere are instituting new methods of teaching or “blended learning”, which involves using technology including the Internet effectively. Technology, at its best, enables students to use information to compare, contrast, and analyze data to help develop lifelong skills.

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