And now for something really, really different –

When you think of audio gear, pro audio installation probably comes to mind.  Theaters, churches, concert venues, board rooms – it’s what we all do as audio professionals.  But what about different applications?  What about those odd little jobs that we don’t normally consider?

I had the privilege to visit the Central Iowa Ghost Society (CIGS) this weekend with Bart Towler from Eatgafftape LLC for their 3rd Anniversary gathering and training seminar.  CIGS is a paranormal investigation team who investigates various sites all around the Midwest.  

CIGS logoParanormal investigation is one of those odd applications.  We watch them on tv while they use handheld recorders and wireless camera systems but many of us don’t consider that in addition to the teams who investigate inside the locations, there’s a second, unseen team outside the location who busily monitors events and communicates with the team inside.  

Audio training with CIGS and Bart Towler

Audio training with CIGS and Bart Towler

As an AV installer, think about the audio requirements for a full orchestra.  This is the scale paranormal investigators are operating on.  And just as each instrument in an orchestra is integral, each microphone used by paranormal teams is as well.  Every mic counts.  If a mic is down, the chance is missed to gather scientific evidence.  

Paranormal investigators use gear from a standard vocal mic to high end shotgun mics, consoles, extensive cabling, wireless audio and video gear, cameras, road cases, IEM’s and editing software. The AV equipment requirements are astronomical for groups of amateur paranormal hobbyists and junkies. 

Not only do they require gear for field work but in order to analyze evidence, they also require full-scale AV lab set-ups.

The CIGS Ghost Lab

The CIGS Ghost Lab

As an avid paranormal junkie and as your friendly inside Administrative Sales rep at Avlex for the last 13 years, I was stunned by the AV requirements of CIGS.  “Stunned” doesn’t quite cover it, to be honest and candid with our readers.  

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More of the CIGS lab after the video training portion of their seminar.  All of this is used in the field – imagine tear-down at 6am.

Whether you believe in the paranormal or not, you have to admit these groups are serious and passionate about what they do.  CIGS and other teams like them aren’t who we think of when we consider who buys and uses AV gear.  And not only do they use it, they use a lot of it.  

What’s even more impressive than their requirements for scientific paranormal research? They tweak and tailor their gear to suit their needs. They invent gear that those of us inside the industry would never have even thought of.  Many of us could learn a thing or two from visiting one of these groups and spending time with them.  I would highly recommend contacting a local group in your area and paying them a visit.  Not only will you brush up on your knowledge base as an audio professional but you’ll meet some awesome people who want to learn and succeed.

Want to be even more impressed?  CIGS is cross-training their team members on all of their gear.  Audio is being learned by their video crew, video is being learned by their audio crew, their EVP specialists are learning both audio and video and they’re all learning load-in and load-out.  

CIGS and amateur groups like them have little to no corporate sponsorship.  Their accumulation of knowledge is gained by trial and error or talking with other groups.  The accumulation of gear is through personal funds or creative fundraising.  Imagine you and twenty (or fewer) of your friends financing enough AV gear for a mega-church-sized holiday production with a choir and a band, then teaching yourselves how to use all of it.  These groups do this every day and combined with the availability of affordable pro-quality gear and the internet, more and more of them are learning to successfully use it.  

I had a fantastic time with CIGS.  I don’t think they considered that they would be teaching me when they invited us up to help them learn about AV gear.  I wish them much luck when they kick off their fundraising drive and on their future investigations!  I can only hope they invite me to tag along!  I can hold a boom arm, guys – I promise I won’t get in your way!               

 

Winter NAMM Approaches!

Here at Avlex HQ in rainy Kansas City, Missouri, we’re readying the show shipment for Winter NAMM in Anaheim!  It’s on pallets, wrapped and ready to go!

Show Shipment 1

 

We’re hoping the Missing Show Shipment Debacle of 2015 doesn’t repeat itself this year – we have exciting new product to show including the new MIPRO ACT 2400-Series of digital wireless!  We’ve just received our show stock for NAMM from MIPRO and we’re sure that everyone will love this new series of wireless for its features as well as its retail-ready packaging.

Retail-ready packaging!

Retail-ready packaging!

We’ll be in Booth #6810 again!  Stop by and check out our selection of Avlex, MIPRO and Superlux products as well as meet some of our staff!

InfoComm 2015 Wrap-up

Infocomm 2015

Infocomm 2015 wrapped up last Friday in Orlando!  We had a great show and we were glad to see everyone who stopped by the booth to check out our products including the new true digital MI-909T/R IEM System.  

In case you missed it, we showed the new Superlux IS-103 Intercom System which we are expecting to arrive in early July!  

IS103

The IS-103 is a one-channel wired intercom system consisting of a power supply, 2 belt packs, a compact main station, a rack mount kit and 3 intercom headsets.  We received a lot of positive response to this system so if you’re in Production or have Production requirements, keep this one in mind!  Give us a call for info – we’ll release a data sheet and pricing soon!

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MI-909T/R Digital IEM in the media

Avlex MIPRO MI-909 System

As you may know by now, our MI-909T/R True digital IEM systems are about to arrive in the US!  We’ve already sold half of our inbound systems – if you haven’t preordered yours yet, now is a good time to get your order in!  We should see these in our warehouse in lovely Kansas City, MO after InfoComm.

Our press release for the MI-909T/R can be found in several publications!  Here’s the list:

ProSound News
AV Network
TV Technology
Mix Online
Sound and Video Contractor Online
Electronic Musician
Live Design
Pro Sound Web
SoundForums.net
Lighting and Sound America

Don’t forget you can demo these systems at our booth next week at InfoComm!

 

Avlex in the media & gearing up for Infocomm

Avlex and MIPRO has been seen in the media quite a bit lately following our latest press release.  Have a look!

Pro Sound Web
Soundforum.net
Sound & Video Contractor Online
MixOnline
AV Network
ProSound News

Infocomm in Orlando is next week!  Our show shipment is already in Orlando so it appears we won’t have a repeat of the NAMM debacle.  Visit us in Booth 709 for a preview of the anticipated MIPRO digital ACT-2400 Series, Avlex HS-series low-profile headsets, Superlux headphones and wired mics as well as the highly awaited MI-909T/R True Digital IEM systems.  

Keep your eye on our social media accounts for photos from the booth!

 

MI-909T/R TRUE Digital IEM’s

Avlex MIPRO MI-909 System

The long-awaited MI-909T/R TRUE Digital IEM’s are coming!  We’ve been given specs in advance of their arrival.  You can check them out here!  

Here’s a smidgen of the awesomeness in store for you:

  • 64MHz bandwidth, 2561 frequencies to choose from
  • 216 presets in 16 groups per band. Up to 16 interference-free channels per group
  • Selectable stereo, balanced, mono and mixed output operation
  • 112dBA dynamic range

Want brochures?  Let us know!  We’ve got them at the printer now and we’ll be glad to get them in your hands!   

MIPRO 3-Series Comparisons (in chart form)

In case there was any doubt, Fred has compiled a handy chart to compare MIPRO 3-Series wireless with the competition.    

3 Series Comparison Chart

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The features, reliability, affordable price and durability of the MIPRO ACT 3-Series make this series the obvious choice in pro-quality gear.  Also, with MIPRO, you don’t have to worry about the FCC 600-band changes.  All of our MIPRO wireless ships on 500-band and in the case of the 3-Series, 500- and 900-band.  

As always, call us with questions and comments!  Thanks for all of your support!  

Winter NAMM 2015

Winter NAMM in Anaheim just wrapped up Sunday and our booth team is winding their way back to Kansas City.  If you follow our social media accounts, you probably noticed that our entire show stock shipment was lost in transit.  Many thanks to our supporters and customers who visited us in Booth #6810 when we had very little product to show and demo!

One of the products we were able to show in the booth was the new, highly anticipated MIPRO True Digital MI-909T/R digital IEM.  We’ve gotten a lot of inquiries about this one and we’re just as excited to begin shipping these as all of you are!  

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We’re also anticipating the arrival of the new MIPRO ACT-20T-VT miniature transmitter for violins as well as the ST-32 wind instrument transmitter.  We’ve noticed that there is a severe lack of professional-quality instrument transmitters on the market and we hope these will fill the gap in the pro audio market.  

ACT-20T VT violin mic

ACT-20T-VT Violin Transmitter

 

ST-32 wind mic

ST-32 Wind Instrument Transmitter

We hope to see these new products during First Quarter 2015.

Superlux showed off some prototypes of the new HMD-562 and HMD-685 double-ear intercom headsets.  The HMD-562 will feature smaller closed-back ear cup while the HMD-685 will feature a more robust closed-back ear cup.  Both models will have dynamic mics.  Stay tuned for availability and pricing!

We also have the Superlux HD-685 high definition stereo headphones on the way.  These will be in stock and shipping within the next couple of weeks.  These not only look fantastic but have a nice low end.  We’ve play-tested these in the office and they should be a nice addition to our line of Superlux headphones.

HD-685 Hi Def Stereo Headphones

HD-685 Hi Def Stereo Headphones

Thanks again to our customers who stopped by the booth at NAMM this year.  We’ll be at InfoComm in Orlando in June!  We’ll cross our fingers that that show shipment won’t be lost in transit so we have our full line of Avlex, MIPRO and Superlux products to display and demo! 

 

 

Wireless Microphone Guides

As you can imagine, Kevin spends quite a bit of his day at Avlex fielding tech support calls.  Our callers range from the experienced wireless guru with complex antenna questions to the first-time-user with basic questions about how to use wireless systems.  Kevin has compiled a few pages for us to answer many frequently asked questions to assist our contractors, retailers and end users with their MIPRO wireless systems.  This is an ongoing project so be sure to check back with us for updates!

You can begin perusing our wireless guides here.