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By Peter -Jun 16, 2010
I spent days researching audio rental places in North Carolina between Raleigh and Asheville. All I wanted was a PA system to use for my wedding reception: 4 speakers, a mic, an amp, a small mixer. Very straight forward. The trouble is that nearly everyone I spoke to wanted to either rent me a Monsters of Rock stadium system for a million dollars or give me some sort of DJ package deal for $2500. Most wouldn't even talk to me at all! Then I spoke to Ken atCarey Sound. Ken had exactly what I needed. He clearly posted all of his prices on his website, included all relevant stands, cables, clips, etc, and even tested everything before I picked it up. Not just to see if it worked, but to make sure the speakers sounded right together. All of this AND I got an amazing price. I had to double check to make sure I had heard him right. And this wasn't just no-name equipment either. It was all Electro-Voice. I would definitely recommendCarey Sound to anyone looking to rent live sound equipment for anything from a sales meeting to a big rock show. Thanks guys!
Three years ago when we moved to our new home here on Pomona Dr. we were told that the number that had served us so well over the years was not available at our new address as a native number and they assigned us our new 292-8282 number. Concerned that we might miss important calls we coerced them into letting us keep our original number as a redirect. All was fine until we discovered last month that they began charging us for the privilege (an exorbitant amount no less). So after 33 1/2 years we are retiring that old number. So if there are any of you out there that are not using our new number please make the change in your records.
Wireless Microphone Update
The following press release form the Federal Communications Commission was released on Friday regarding wireless microphone usage. We have highlighted the important information. If you are unsure whether you are in compliance with this new ruling CareySound will help at no charge. Just call us at (336) 292-8282.
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, D. C. 20554
This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 15, 2010
NEWS MEDIA CONTACT: Matthew Nodine: (202) 418-1646
FCC ADOPTS ORDER TO CLEAR THE 700 MHZ FREQUENCY FOR
SAFETY AND NEXT GENERATION CONSUMER USERS
Washington, D.C. – Today the Federal Communications Commission adopted an Order and
Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking prohibiting the further distribution and sale of devices
that operate in the 700 MHz frequency. This action helps complete an important component of
the DTV Transition by clearing the 700 MHz band to enable the rollout of communications
services for public safety and the deployment of next generation 4G wireless devices for
The order will primarily impact the use of wireless microphone systems that currently
operate in the 700 MHz band. These unlicensed devices cannot continue to operate in this band
because they may cause harmful interference to public safety entities and next generation
consumers devices that will be utilizing the 700 MHz frequency. Thus, the Commission is
making clear that no devices utilizing this frequency may be sold or distributed. In order to
ensure that individuals and groups currently using unauthorized devices in this band have ample
time to transition to appropriate frequencies, the FCC is providing a sunset period until June 12,
2010, one year from the DTV Transition.
The Commission is also unveiling an aggressive consumer outreach plan in order to assist
consumers who have previously purchased wireless microphone systems and other related
devices that utilized the 700 MHz band. Through the Commission’s website,
www.fcc.gov/cgb/wirelessmicrophones, consumers can learn whether their wireless device is
currently operating in the prohibited band and whether their devices may be retuned to operate
on another band. Consumers may also call 1-800-CALL-FCC to ask questions regarding this
The findings in the Order will be effective upon release of the item. Action by the
Commission, January 14, 2010, by Order. Chairman Genachowski, Commissioners Copps,
McDowell, Clyburn, and Baker. Chairman Genachowski issuing a statement. Docket No. WT
For additional information, contact Matthew Nodine at (202) 418-1646 or Matthew.Nodine
– FCC –
SoundMan John sends his greetings from India.
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ConcerTech, a wholly
owned subsidiary of SoundMan Enterprises, has
announced a breakthrough in microphone transducer
technology. They have begun shipment of the first
in their new series of EarthMover microphones based
around their new revolutionary patent pending
Rectulearital Biphase Technology.
The EarthMover EM-1 specifications exceed the International IEC 60268-4 standards on sound field testing making it superior to the human ear.
- Frequency Response: 1Hz to beyond 50kHz +/- 0.0 dBu
- Polar Pattern: Adaptive Omnipotence
- Sensitivity: 10mV/Pa
- Max Acoustic Input: 175dB SPL
- Output: ESP-3 (pin 1+)
- Noise: none
- Minimum Output Load: It’s not heavy, it”s my brother
The EarthMover EM-1 is also available in a wireless version the EarthMover EM-1W. It works without electronic receivers utilizing bleeding edge empathic telepathy (ET) adapted for military use from UFO’s captured in Rosewell, NM. It is FCC 700MHz complaint.
The new ConcerTech EarthMover microphone is set to revolutionize the live audio industry. The perfect vanity microphone for screaming electric guitar amplifiers due to it’s almost infinite maximum input capacity, it was tested by NASA at 1 meter form the space shuttles solid rocket fuel engine at takeoff with no diaphragm distortion. “It was truly blazing in our launch tests” reported NASA engineers.
The wireless version makes the perfect rap vocal microphone. It is completely impervious to bad mic technique and will simultaneously translate and sanitize gangster rap lyrics so that you will never hear offensive language through the system that broadcasts directly to the listener via its ET technology.
ConcerTech engineers have at long last deciphered the key to the SoundMans holly grail and have created the Talent Compensation Device (TCD) that is available as an option on any EarthMover microphone. With the TCD option you will never have to worry about the talent of your artist again.
As reported in NewScientist,
Murray hacked his amps to produce a gadget that can hold atoms still while he bashes them with beams of electrons. Until now, it has been possible to hold atoms still, or hit them with such beams, but not both at the same time.
Cooling and trapping atoms at temperatures close to absolute zero has produced many insights into physics, and may be critical to the development of quantum computers.
Unfortunately, the force field of lasers and magnetic fields needed to hold atoms still is not compatible with flying beams of electrons or ions. So the only way to study the effect of blasting atoms with such beams has been to do it when the atoms are moving, and this leads to smeared out collisions and Doppler effects that are hard to interpret.
Hitting atoms with a beam shortly after switching off a trap does help. But it takes up to 20 milliseconds for magnetic fields to stop sloshing around inside an atom trap, Murray says, and by that time the atoms have started moving again.
Finding a way to kill those magnetic fields instantly and hit atoms before they start moving has been troubling physicists for years. One solution, Murray realised, is to use the speaker coil from a high power PA amplifier to produce the magnetic fields inside the trap.
Unlike the coils traditionally used by physicists, which are driven by direct current, an audio speaker voice coil is fed by an alternating current. It smoothly cycles between inducing positive and then negative magnetic currents in the trap. At the end of each complete cycle - which takes five milliseconds to complete - the positive and negative currents cancel each other out and there is no net magnetic current.
So if the researchers cut the power precisely at that point they can entirely avoid magnetic currents rippling through the trap.
To read the entire article click here. Thanks to SoundMan Rick Earl for sending this in.
We have just set up an Ebay merchant account to handle selling any used gear we that we have available. Most of you already know that we generally don’t sell used gear but we do occasionally have used or demo items in great shape and we have decided to open this account handle these items. Of course feel free to come by the store to inspect anything we have up for sale but to buy it you will need to purchase it from our Ebay account. You can get to it by clicking here. I have a couple of items up now and have more to add in the next couple of days. I will also post an Ebay alert here in the news section whenever I add new items.
"It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time;you can even fool some of the people all of the time;but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time."
President Abraham Lincoln
I was browsing the web the other day and came across this photo of Hillary taken at a NC campaign stop. I had a flashback of another campaign some 16 years ago at another campaign stop right here in Greensboro. The Clinton proclivity to give speeches from the back of a truck is no coincidence, it's pure planed political theater.
Travel back 16 years...
We received a call from the advance team of then Governor Clinton in the early stages of his campaign for President. North Carolina had become a battleground state early in the contest and this was to be one of the first of many stops in our state. Bill Clinton, after having spent the day glad-handing around the area, was scheduled to have a rally out at the airport at the end of the day as he left the state. His chartered jet was to depart from the old terminal so they could accommodate the large crowd that was expected to attend the event. We were asked to provide a large elaborate stage and sound for an expected crowd of around 6,000 to 10,000 and direct broadcast feeds for the assembled press.
Less than a week before the event they called again and canceled all of the elaborate arrangements. It was a well publicized event locally and had not been canceled, but, gone were the staging, large sound system and press feeds. In their place was a request to rent our Entertainer System delivered with an engineer. Now anybody that is the least bit familiar with CareySound knows that our most popular rental package is perfect for two to three hundred people. But 6,000 to 10,000? I don't think so. They were insistent that they knew what they were renting and that it was all they were going to need.
Being professionals we felt that it was our duty to point out that their new plan had a few problems. There were going to be a whole bunch of people show up expecting to see Bill and hear him speak. They were bound to be a might ticked off when after having braved the crowds and the long hours of waiting (Bill was pretty famous for never showing up on time) and only the first couple of hundred would be able to hear or see him. That's when we got our first lesson in Clinton political theater.
It was explained to us that it would make for a better show if they pretended that they had no idea that anybody would show up. After all, Bill was just as little ol' governor from a little ol' southern state and it would look great if it appeared that it was a spontaneous outpouring of support for a humble candidate that brought in the teaming masses instead of the planed event that it really was. So the game was afoot.
Our chief engineer, Rick Earl, showed up with the Entertainer System. The campaign staff came up with a truck to use as a totally authentic looking impromptu stage. Several thousand people started showing up. The press arrived to fight for he best camera position and look for the press audio feed (that didn't exist). I stood by at the shop with a van full extra speakers and amps. The campaign staff placed a desperate call to us for more sound to accommodate all of the "unexpected crowd". I drive through the ever tightening gauntlet of law enforcement officers with sound reinforcements. Rick and I scramble to set up more gear. Bill finally arrives and mounts his soap box and then shakes EVERYBODY'S hand on the rope line. What a guy. Just like one of us. The puppet master from his staff with a suitcase full of cash shows up to pay us. Ah - now that's showbiz.
Editors Note: In no way is this an endorsement of the Clintons nor is my quoting Abraham Lincoln to suggest that they are to be compared to President Lincoln.
Lynn signs the new lease and makes it official, CareySound, after 14 years on Church Street, is moving to its new home at 301-E Pomona Drive on the 2nd of March. Let the countdown commence. A lot a new and exciting things are happening at CareySound and events are moving quickly.
There is not much of our old gear moving to the new building with us and the closer we get to moving day the cheaper its going to get (as if it's not already cheap enough).Things are selling quickly. Stay tuned to the website for new announcements.
What this means to you -
Tommy DuBose comes to the table with the necessary experience to help us make a smooth transition to a new rep firm and to continue our exceptional service to our accounts. Welcome to the CareySound Team.
From Sound & Communications Newsletter
Responding to news that the FCC has rescinded its October deadline for issuing new regulations governing use of the hotly contested "white spaces" within the TV spectrum, individuals active on the legislative front, such as Shure Inc.’s Sandy LaMantia, lauded the continuing efforts of a growing bipartisan group on Capitol Hill lending its support to wireless microphone interests. "I want to thank all of the legislators in Washington who are calling for a thorough evaluation of these most complicated issues," LaMantia said following the release of a letter signed by three members of the House of Representatives from Nevada urging FCC chairman Kevin Martin to give mindful consideration to the debate. The letter's authors, Shelley Berkley (D-NV), Jon Porter (R-NV) and Dean Heller (R-NV), are the architects of the latest bipartisan push to ensure that meaningful and comprehensive interference protections are given to wireless microphone operation as the FCC presses forward on a path toward issuing new rulings for white spaces use.
“We feel that the Commission is well-served to rely on its engineers to develop a tight interference-free solution to the white spaces issue before allowing new products on the market," Berkley, Porter, and Heller said in their letter to Martin. "The recent report released by the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology confirms our most serious concerns—that technology to permit safe cohabitation of unlicensed devices with wireless microphones just doesn't exist.”
Ok - so why is this such big news and why should you care?Using wireless audio systems has always been tricky and it isn't getting easier. The federal government continues to force us to "improve our lives" and this time it's High Definition Digital Television. Although there has never been an allocated slot for professional wireless audio, using the 'white space' (frequencies not used by local TV stations) was allowed as long as the output power was infinitesimally small as to not interfere with licensed use. But the mandated transition to Digital HDTV not only requires ALL of us to spend money on a new TV receiver it also is profoundly changing the wireless audio landscape in a couple of important respects.
First off our existing systems relied on, for the most part, a generous amount of unused radio wave space in both the UHF and VHF ranges. At the current moment, the transition to digital stations is taking up twice the space as stations broadcast both in analogue and digital. Although it would seem that when the analogue signals go off air there will be more room than before, the opposite will be true. The FCC is not going to just abandon that space to us audio guys, they are going to auction it off to the highest bidder for their exclusive use and we will no longer get to share the space with the new owners like we did with TV stations. Besides even if we could share the space we can't rely on that 'dead space' still being clear at show time.
Secondly, the remaining space that digital TV will occupy will be greatly reduced and the bandwidth (amount of space) needed for all of that digital data takes up all of their allotted space. It use to be that in a pinch we could ride along in the same bandwidth as the local station in an area of their space they were not using.
In the early days having a wireless audio system used to be a luxury that was used by a only a few and it was unusual to have more than one system being used at the same time in the same vicinity. With the advances in wireless technology and scale of manufacture, the use of wireless systems are ubiquitous with all manner of audio productions now that very high quality systems have become so reliable and affordable. Wireless is now assumed in audio and is no longer a novelty.
Unfortunately the ending of this story has yet to be written. Protecting our investment in wireless equipment is going to become more difficult. A lot of us are going to find that our current hodgepodge collection of wireless microphones are destined for the landfill. My final bit of advice - It is more important than ever to seek help from knowledgeable professionals. This is not the time to wing it.