November 2015 Digital Edition


Sound Advice: On The Level

Knowing the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of a broadcast or transmitted signal is of vital importance. However, there are a maddening amount of variables to consider when determining the SNR. We break down the most important variables to consider and the various types of SNR you’re likely to encounter.
By Peter Mapp, FASA, FAES

Audio, Video, IT/AV, House of Worship
Sign Age: Producing Mega Experiences

During Pope Francis’ recent trip to the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, ESM Productions provided host TV coverage, staging and technical services for the event. Our columnist had an in-depth discussion with ESM’s Event and Concert Producer Scott Merkin about the ins and outs of managing an AV/IT event of this magnitude.
By Shonan Noronha, EdD

House of Worship, Business
House of Worship: Business: Let There Be Light

Although houses of worship have increasingly been upgrading their AV technology in recent years, lighting upgrades are not high on their list of priorities. However, given the public’s growing intolerance for unpleasant color temperatures and the rise of video capture in worship spaces, the worship market may be poised for a lighting renaissance. With these factors in mind, we make the case for why houses of worship should reconsider their approach to lighting.
By David Lee Jr., PhD

The Commish: Team Reporting

Compiling reports is an unpleasant reality of working in the commercial AV industry, and most AV professionals are well acquainted with the tedium and lost time involved. Our columnist shares a horror story about combining commissioning reports, and muses on how the process could be streamlined by a method that allows input from all parties to be combined into a single document in real time, without an internet connection.
By James Maltese, CTS-D, CTS-I, CQD, CQT

What Would You Do?: Home Alone! Not Likely, Conclusion

As a follow-up to his discussion of the benefits and drawbacks of running your own home business, our columnist offers this primer on working remotely for someone else, covering such topics as what expenses to bill the company for, how to back up your work, what hardware and software you’ll need, and how to ensure your employer knows exactly what you’re working on.
By Douglas Kleeger, CTS-D, DMC-E, XTP-E, KCD

InfoComm POV: Get Ready For 2016

InfoComm International’s Senior Vice President of Member Services recaps a successful year for the organization’s worldwide events and forecasts some exciting new changes trade show attendees can look forward to in 2016.
By Betsy Jaffe

NSCA POV: Zero In On Your Strengths

When asked what makes their business stand out from the pack, most business leaders offer the same old tried-and-true clichés: “We provide the highest levels of customer service,” “We have the most qualified technical staff,” etc. But what are your business’s real strengths? What really differentiates your company? NSCA’s Executive Director offers some tips on how to hone in on and highlight your company’s strengths.
By Chuck Wilson

Install, Audio, Video, IT/AV
Ducks’ Big Investment

The Honda Center, home to the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, recently underwent a major upgrade, including an overhaul of its AV and control room. Integrator Diversified Systems gave us the rundown on this exciting arena installation.
By Dan Daley

Install, Audio, Video, IT/AV
Horned Frogs Get New Home

Texas Christian University’s Schollmaier Arena has been completely renovated from floor to ceiling, and now features a state-of-the-art AV system. We go inside this ambitious installation with TCU personnel and AV integrator Electro Acoustics.
By Jim Stokes

Install, Audio, IT/AV
Rooting For The Underdog

Charlotte NC’s Bojangles’ Coliseum was overshadowed by larger entertainment venues in the surrounding area until it underwent a $16 million renovation, complete with a massive upgrade to its sound system. Inter Technologies gave us the scoop on this major audio installation, which was the company’s first sports-arena project.
By Dan Daley

House of Worship, Install, Audio, Video, IT/AV
House of Worship: Technology: Real-Time Pope

In preparation for hosting Pope Francis’ Papal Mass in Philadelphia PA, the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul underwent a major upgrade of its audio and video systems. We break down everything you need to know about the AV behind this historic event, with insights from the masterminds behind the new system design.
By Shonan Noronha, EdD

House of Worship, Install, Audio
House of Worship: Technology: Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Audio

In this column, the Founder and Co-Owner of Monte Bros. Sound Systems provides an in-depth look at the planning and execution of the audio system upgrade behind Pope Francis’ Papal Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, and the challenges inherent to such a large-scale, historic project.
By Steve Minozzi

Business, Video
Laser Hazard Classes

The Food and Drug Administration has released a new guidance document concerning laser illuminated projectors. In this article, we break down the most important things you need to know about these new projector guidelines.
By Anthony Vargas

AVent Horizon: What Will They Think Of Next?

Displays of all types are getting bigger and better, with more pixels and features, and are available at ever-lower prices. Our columnist examines some of the latest trends in display technology in an attempt to predict the next big thing in displays and which industry titan is poised to come out on top over the next few years.
By Pete Putman, CTS

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