NAACP Still Struggles for…

…a continuing purpose? On the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day John Banks strains to justify the NAACP’s existence.

N-A-A-C-P President, John Banks explains why the holiday is important.  He says,“It’s so important that we keep the spirit alive because even as we speak we are not one nation with liberty and justice for all in this country.  So, until we get that point, we must continue to commemorate this legacy.”

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Kneel before the One

Has Mr. Banks forgotten this guy so quickly? Even while Pres. Obama sits in the White House the NAACP is still required to hang this guilt around our necks.

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Sound Check!!

Today is the day that I record using my new digital recorder. Samples of both recordings are below. I thought I’d share the old way of recording the worship service and the new and improved way.

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Archos 5 on the pulpit

Using the Archos 5 is simple but the device is limited. Sound quality is excellent if the person is standing nearby the microphone. I think I can do better.

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Zoom H1 and mixer

The sound system at Christian Heights has three microphones, one for each podium and a wireless mic that the pastor wears. This adds up to much better coverage for everyone who might speak during the service.  Download both audio samples here: Archos SampleZoom Sample

Both files have been normalized and compressed in the same manner. When I listen to both files I notice that the Archos has more room noise. Mostly due to it sitting on the main podium while the man in the recording is standing at the other one. I am satisfied with how the Zoom H1 performed. Next week, I will make some adjustments and this will become the primary means of recording.


Zoom H1 unboxing

The Zoom H1 arrived today. Pictures follow.

My first impressions based on examining the contents of the box are that ZOOM/Samson is playing a dirty trick on their customers. The box contains three items: the H1 recorder, one AA battery, and a 2 GB SD card. However, the package does not include a USB cable to transfer the audio files to a computer. The cable is included in an accessory package sold separately.

The missing cable is not a huge problem because I already had a USB cable that fit. Be warned!

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New Gadget Coming

It’s been a year since I started recording sermons for Christian Heights. The Archos 5 has performed this function well over the past year. However, since Rev. Marion started distributing recordings of the full worship service on CD. I have been more concerned about the limits of the Archos 5 microphone. The Archos makes good recordings of a speaker standing near the pulpit but that is not sufficient to make a quality recording of the entire worship service. In June of 2010, a lightning strike short circuited several items in the church including the old sound mixer. The church bought a shiny new Yahmaha mixer with plenty of options to record the output. The new mixer got me thinking about the possibilities.

The digital recorder I ordered should be here Monday or Tuesday.

Can’t wait to plug it in next Sunday.