September 30, 2010

United Way Bar-B-Q fundraiser

Filed under: Events, Non-Profit — Tags: , , , , — Kristoffer Benoit @ 9:00 am

Today we provided sound reinforcement for a United way fundraiser at gulf Canada square.

United way was providing free bar-b-q in exchange for donations.

From what i understand, United raises money for a large number of organizations.
A list of who they support can be found on their web page at calgaryunitedway.org
One in three Canadians will accept help from an organization that United way funds.

We were pleased to be involved again this year for the bar-b-q and look forward to supporting them again in the near future.

September 28, 2010

Designing, Building, and Testing Your Own Speaker System by David B. Weems – Book Review

Filed under: Book Reviews — Tags: , , , , , , — Kristoffer Benoit @ 9:20 pm

Designing, building, and testing speakers
Designing, building, and testing your own speakers is a great book if you are looking to build your own custom home speaker system but is not directed towards individuals who are looking to build speakers for larger applications.

Although it is a few years old the content is still relevant.
Inside you will find how to calculate the volume of your speaker enclosure based on the size of speaker your are going to use and other specifications required for your calculations.
The author guides you through four different types of speaker enclosures from the closed box to the cone and also provides information on crossovers.

Some of the speaker systems seem to be very complex and I think you would have to build a few enclosures before getting things to sound right.

It was interesting to read about how the Fibonacci ratio is used to achieve the best sounding speaker enclosure.
I have always found the ratio fascinating and have long looked for ways to use it in relation to music.

Although this resource provides calculations as well as building tips I think experience is a necessity for achieving great sounding speakers and that experimentation would be the best way to go.

You can buy the book here if you wish. (Calgary sound rentals does not profit from this link.)

September 17, 2010

Calgary ride for diabites – Eau Claire mall

Filed under: Events, Non-Profit — Tags: , , — Kristoffer Benoit @ 6:48 am

At six in the morning I loaded up the truck with equipment to help support the ride for diabetes at Eau Claire mall in Calgary.

The idea is a stationary bicycle race to raise money for juvenille diabetes research.

When I arrived at Eau-Claire there was a mysterious screaching in the air. Hundreds of bats were occupying the areas surrounding trees.
When the sun rose they vanished into the air.

The tented area behind the barley mill held 50 stationary bikes.
Each participant had 8 minutes to ride as many km’s as they could.
Prizes were awarded to the groups who collectively travelled the furthest distances, as well as for individual record holders.

I brought out six powered speakers on stands, 2 wireless sure pg58 microphones and a laptop full of hits.

I found myself playing dj while the racers did their heats and kept the energy in the tent by playing upbeat music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

The tent was full of happy cyclists many of whom were dressed up in ridiculous costumes .

It was a pleasure for Calgary sound rentals to provide uplifting music for the day.

Never before have I listened to that much disco.

It’s back baby!

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