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Leadership Change for CCI Solutions, Olympia, WA, November 4, 2014

November 5, 2014 at 8:50 am

CCI Solutions today announced that Ron Simonson has stepped down as President and CEO and as a member of the Board of Directors. The Board has appointed Bob Schmidt President to ensure a smooth transition and to lead CCI’s executive team.Bob Schmidt, Jerry Lamb, EVP and Mark Bradley, EVP will comprise a new collaborative leadership team for the corporation.  Mark Bradley will be directing the systems integration activities of the corporation and Jerry Lamb will be continuing to direct the company’s retail activities.Bob Schmidt will oversee the finance and operations aspects of the corporation.

Mr. Simonson stated, “After 36 years as part of the CCI Solutions family, the last seven of which have been as the President and CEO, I am announcing my resignation and retirement.  CCI Solutions is an outstanding company with creative and talented employees.  I am proud of what we have accomplished together.  I remain very optimistic about CCI’s future in all respects.

“We thank Ron for his contributions to CCI Solutions over the last 36 years”, said Mr. Schmidt. “As President and CEO for the past seven years, Ron has worked hard to lead the Company through challenging transitions in our industry, an unprecedented recession and was instrumental in driving change in the organization. We appreciate Ron’s leadership and the many important strategic initiatives he has driven for the Company and wish Ron all the best.”

As for the future, the executive team is looking forward to the new collaborative leadership approach which will bring a strong unified team style to the company’s management.

PreSonus StudioLive AI Makes Extraordinary Audio Engineering Possible for Average Users

May 29, 2014 at 2:19 pm

On May 15, CCI Solutions was excited to host the traveling PreSonus StudioLive AI Thunder Roadshow at the nearby Mountain View Church in Tumwater, WA. Guests were treated to a live demonstration of the new PreSonus AI loudspeakers, subwoofer and the new family of PreSonus StudioLive AI mixers. Justin Spence, product trainer for PreSonus shared what he finds most special about the new technology incorporated into this new line of gear.

PreSonus StudioLive AI Speakers Demo

Beginning with the new PreSonus StudioLive AI loudspeakers, Justin demonstrated each individually with and without the subwoofer added in. Using a variety of musical styles, timbres and volumes, it became immediately clear that these speakers have more than enough power and enough headroom so even when cranked to really high volumes, the integrity of the sound remained solid.

Justin Spence Demonstrates the new PreSonus StudioLive AI Speakers

Justin Spence gives a live demonstration of PreSonus StudioLive AI Loudspeakers to attendees of the Thunder Road Show.

Attendees were encouraged to move around the sanctuary as each speaker was demonstrated.  This gave a real sense of the coverage and clarity that these loudspeakers deliver to all parts of the room. The goal of the demo was to give attendees a better understanding of how the speakers sound in a worship space, and how they can be set up to achieve the best sound.

One of the challenges of this particular room was that it had about 2.5 seconds of  reverb. Regardless, all three speakers really sounded amazing. The ones that really stole the show (in my opinion) were the  328AI pair. They produced the greatest clarity in the vocal ranges, the best spatial imaging with tighter punch in the lower frequency range. Justin added that the 15-inch StudioLive 315AI speakers are a great choice if you want more full range sound without having to haul along a subwoofer.

What really sets these speakers apart is that they have ample power and headroom to get really loud without sounding too loud.  Most powered speakers have no more than 1,000 Watts. All three of the new PreSonus StudioLive AI speakers, even the smallest ones, are 2,000 Watts. When normal 2-way speakers are pushed to 90-100 dB, they start to sound “loud” (distorted, painful or irritating). Even when pushed beyond this threshold, the PreSonus speakers maintained their sound quality and clarity.

We learned that each speaker is equipped with its own built-in computer as part of their new Active Integration technology.  PreSonus has created a single point source speaker with its custom coaxial mid/high system .. and the on-board computer has a ton of DSP that controls the voicing and timing characteristics of the various drivers in the speaker.  The net result of all this is the natural sound we heard, even at higher volumes. In addition, the Active Intetration means you can monitor status and make adjustments to any speaker in the system with your iPad.  Soon there will be some very cool network options that  will make them even more powerful too!

Live Hands-On Demo of the PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2AI Mixer

While there was no doubt the crowd was captivated by the sound quality they heard coming out of those AI speakers, it was clear the interest level jumped up a few more notches when Justin turned his attention to the flagship of the new PreSonus StudioLive AI line, the 32-channel 32.4.2AI digital mixer. The first thing that immediately sets this mixer apart is how easy it is to use. This is great news for churches that rely heavily on volunteers to run sound. The second is that it includes a host of tools, both in the hardware and in software, that solve a number of problems churches face in getting great live sound: helping their musicians hear well on stage, recording and publishing their message and music to their audience.

Even with more powerful features like dual (A/B) Fat Channel settings per channel, the new AI mixers are still very easy to use. Everything is on one layer, like an analog console. The channel presets that PreSonus has included for all kinds of  instruments and vocals let novices quickly dial in great sound for every person and instrument, even if they don’t understand how to use EQ and dynamics. Pros can get a very quick base-line mix with the presets and then fine tune them as they go.

To prove how easy the new PreSonus StudioLive AI 32-channel mixer is to use, Mark Stone, Presonus National Sales Manager, sat down with a 15-year-old attendee who had never mixed sound before, and taught him the basics of how to run the board in less than 5 minutes. Amazing!

Mark Stone gives a Hands-On Demo of the PreSonus-StudioLive AI 32-Channel Mixer

Mark Stone of PreSonus demonstrates how easy the PreSonus StudioLive AI mixers are to use.

You really start to see the power of Active Integeration with the StudioLive AI mixers. Way more than just a digital mixer, StudioLive AI mixers are really a combination of hardware and software components that easily and seamlessly interact with each other to create a complete solution for the mixing and recording needs of a church or ministry. Justin  with or without a connected computer, you can wirelessly control the mixer from anywhere in the room with an iPad. Musicians can control their monitor mixes with the Free Q-Mix ap from their iPhone or iPod Touch.  Both volunteer and veteran sound techs can benefit from the SMAART spectrum analysis software that comes free with every AI mixer. It lets you see what frequency problems you have in the room and makes it very easy to correct them. And what other digital mixer gives you direct access to an online content site where you can share your message and music for free, for donation or for fee. Studio One software comes with direct access to Nimbit, the music/message promotion site – and yep, its free.

For recording, PreSonus includes (for Free) their full-blown music production software called Studio One Artist. And my favorite software piece is their Capture recording software. With one button click you can record every channel coming into the mixer on a connected computer. The latest version of Capture also lets you store the “scene” setting that was in the mixer when you hit record. This is huge for creating virtual soundchecks.

Attendees’ faces lit up when they realized that they could record their worship band or Praise team with Capture during a service or rehearsal, and the audio engineer could come in on a completely different day and work on the mix, starting with the channels settings that were saved when the recording was made. This lets the sound tech take as long as he needs to set up a good mix with the band “virtually” playing as if they were really there. It also makes it possible to train volunteers and even let them practice mixing without needing the musicians to be there for the process.

One new Capture feature that really hit me as being special was the built-in 60-second recording buffer. This means that the software is constantly recording a 60-second loop. So, if your musicians start and your engineer is away from the console or forgets to hit “record” there’s 60 seconds of “forgiveness” that will allow someone to press “record” and still capture everything. Having been a musician for 20 years and spent a lot of time in recording studios, I can’t tell you the frustration of working on a session, laying down an awesome track and then realizing  someone forgot to hit “record.” Problem solved!

What’s the Difference Between the Old and the New PreSonus StudioLive AI Speakers & Mixers?

I was a bit skeptical that the new AI line really offered something different enough from Presonus’ previous mixers that it could live up to the hype. I think there’s an expectation, at least for me, that new technology will be faster, more efficient and more powerful without being more expensive than todays technology. These things are true with new PreSonus AI products.

Here are two things that stood out to me as big differences:

Real Time Networking

One of the coolest things about AI is that when you connect a computer, iPad or an iPhone, anything you do on the network is updated across the entire network in real time. Change a setting from one device, and that setting changes across the network. No more running across the room to make sure something is updated.

You Don’t Need a Computer to go wireless

This one is huge. If you are working on a limited budget, or you’re a smaller band or church just starting out, you can still have complete wireless mixer control with an iPad and the musicians can have their monitor (AUX) mix control with their phone without the need for a computer. All you need is a standard wireless router and the processor in the AI mixer handles the rest.

When you buy PreSonus StudioLive AI you are getting a complete platform. You get all of the technology like  SMAART integration, StudioLive Remote, Virtual Studiolive (for virtual sound checks) & QMix Apps and access to Nimbit

all straight out of the box. PreSonus is continuously updating their products and all future firmware and software updates are made available to you absolutely free. In fact, Mark Stone said it’s like buying a new car and having it automatically get upgraded to the newest model every year-for FREE! How many devices can you say that about? It’s usually the exact opposite of that when you are talking about a new piece of equipment.

8 Key Differences: PreSonus StudioLive AI vs. Previous Generation StudioLive Consoles

  1. 2X Fat Channel Processing on all input channels and all buses with A/B comparison
  2. Wireless Control with or without a laptop. USB WiFi LAN adapter + super easy config Ethernet adapter
  3. Even better sound quality with Burr-Brown A/D/A’s and Studio One’s 64-bit mixing algortihms
  4. 2X Ditial FX processors. 4 total (2 delay, 2 reverb) each with 50 customizable presets
  5. Global track and bus renaming. Changes are broadcast the netword to the mixer & all its apps
  6. Mixers scenes save in Capture and open with pre-set Fat Channel plug-ins in Studio One or VSL
  7. Smaart® audio analysis on every channel to help make your PA sound its best
  8. Upgradable network options – Card slot for future Thunderbolt®, Dante® and AVB interfaces



PreSonus StudioLive AI Speakers and mixers offer something very important to musicians and organizations that rely heavily on volunteers. They give you simple solutions to complicated problems. It really is a “paint by numbers” way to make it possible for less experienced techs to see problems visually instead of having to be able to identify frequency ranges and dig through complicated layers. The new AI approach presents amazing possibilities that even someone who’s never mixed before can use and understand. Amazing, Intuitive, Affordable.

Free Software with Every PreSonus StudioLive AI Mixing System:

  • StudioLive Remote-AI
  • StudioOne (free upgrade to StudioOne Pro when you buy from
  • Virtual SoundCheck
  • Capture™
  • Virtual StudioLive with SMAART integration
  • QMix™-AI
  • Nimbit

Plus, you can daisy-chain two StudioLive 24.4.2s or up to three StudioLive 16.4.2s. By cascading the mixers together using a FireWire cable to create one big 48-channel console!

Special Note: For a limited time PreSonus is offering a Trade-Up program that allows you to trade in your older generation PreSonus Mixer for a new PreSonus StudioLive AI. Not only can you take advantage of the Trade-Up deal, but remember, CCI Solutions is going to give you the free upgrade to StudioOne Pro and a free microphone to get you off and running with the best possible set up right from the start.  Click here for the PreSonus Trade-In details!  Plus. all PreSonus gear is on sale with extra savings on bundled solutions now through the end of June, 2014! Questions? Call us! We’re here for you – 800-562-6006

New Assistive Listening System at CCI Solutions!

February 14, 2014 at 1:33 pm

In January 2014, CCI Solutions developed a strategic partnership with Listen Technologies, a thought leader in assistive listening device technology, to bring churches a range of assistive listening products perfect for congregations of every size. Executive Vice President, Jerry Lamb worked directly with Peter Papageorge, Listen Corporation’s North America Director of Sales, to create a customized suite of products specifically designed to serve the needs of churches and houses of worship.

The goal was simple: Make it easy for a church of any size to buy the right assistive listening systems for their applications at great prices without having to do hours and hours of research.

The answer was to put together three different systems that were scalable. These systems needed the ability to grow with a church over time, yet would require a very minimal investment at the beginning.

The fruit of all of this discussion and consideration is three systems that each uniquely address the needs, size and budgets of small, medium and large churches. One of those systems, the Listen Technologies CC-22 assistive listening system, was specifically created for and is only available from CCI Solutions.

The Listen CC-22 Assistive Listening System is perfect for medium-sized churches with congregations of 200-500 people. The system includes:

1- LT-800 72 MHz 57-channel RF transmitter
1- LA-106 telescoping top-mounted antenna
4- LR-300 17-channel digital receivers
4- 4- LA-161 single ear buds
1- Assistive listing notification sign

The Listen LT-800 RF transmitter broadcasts on either wide or narrowband channels. What that means for you and your church is that you have more flexibility when determining what frequency range you want to use when operating your new devices. This can be very advantageous if your church is located in a more densely populated area or located close to a fire department, police department or hospital that uses a lot of narrow band communication devices.

In addition to having that superior broadcasting flexibility, both the LT-800 transmitter and the four LR-300 17-channel digital receivers included with the system are equipped with Listen’s patented Listen SQ (the SQ is short for “Super Quiet”) technology. All of the components in this system come with Listen SQ automatically enabled. The advantage for your listeners is a sound experience that has 20 dB less “hiss” in the sound they receive than any other assistive listening device available on the market. Hiss in a system interferes with the listener’s ability to understand and hear things clearly.

The combination of the 17-channel LR-300 receiver and the 57-channel transmitter allows for simultaneous use of up to six systems, which support multiple language translation and assistive listening all in one location. The LR-400 and LR-500 receivers have even more channels allowing for still more simultaneous use of audio channels.

View all the details, including diagrams and technical specifications in the complete LT-800 Stationary FM Transmitter User’s Manual.


Better Sound Equals a Better Worship Experience


Woman in church using an assistive listening device


As already mentioned, this well-thought-out assistive listening system also includes four LR-300 17-channel digital receivers. Listen has also raised the bar on this component by creating an affordable, portable receiver that has the same superb high-quality sound as any of Listen’s full-featured receivers. It also has the same recharging options with built-in SmartCharge™ which protects your batteries from overcharging. Because these receivers are 100 % digital, you can operate them in your church with full faith that your transmission will never drift. This guarantees that members of your congregation who are using your Listen system for assistive listening or as a translation system won’t be interrupted or distracted by outside radio broadcasts, track drivers, emergency vehicles, or the local short-wave radio fan club!

Clearer Sound Means the Message Reaches More People

Large churches with congregations of thousands of faithful worshippers need solutions that aren’t limited by operating range. CCI Solutions selected the LS-23 Assistive Listening System as part of our core offering because it provides the premium coverage big churches desire. With an operating range of up to 1500 feet you’re going to get 30% better coverage than what you might experience from any other brand. The LS-23 comes complete and ready for professional installation with everything included: stationary transmitter, universal antenna kit, LR-300 receivers with ear buds, two neck loops (ADA compliance, for use with hearing aids), alkaline batteries and an assistive listening notification signage kit. Expandable to satisfy as many listeners as desired and easily customized if additional parts are needed, the Listen LS-23 is the professional choice for a great listening experience and easy installation with the inclusion of all the ‘Pro’ pieces needed.

Don’t worry, just because you decide the LS-23 is the perfect assistive listening solution for your church doesn’t mean you’re on your own!

Tangles cables and electrical cords around a man's head


CCI Solutions has been designing assistive listening and translations systems for decades. Our CTS certified AV sales techs are ready to help you select the right system for your application and budget. And when you buy from CCI Solutions, we’ll be there, ready to help you with whatever level of assistance you need to achieve the perfect install at your facility. Contact us below to get the conversation started!

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Listen Technologies Boldly Offers an Unprecedented Lifetime Warranty

All of these great components with incomparable features come with something else very special: A Limited Lifetime Warranty. Listen is one of the only manufacturers left that is so confident in the quality of the products they produce that they boldly give you a Lifetime Warranty. The combination of CCI Solutions’ amazing tech support and the Listen Lifetime Warranty means you’ll always have the technical support you need to make sure that your system is always performing the way you expect it to perform, from the first day you plug it in, to ten years later and beyond. For as long as your church exists, Listen and CCI Solutions will be there supporting your congregation with products that deliver your message to anyone needing hearing assistance or translation. That’s a message CCI Solutions wants everyone to hear!