Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sommer Cables 2008 Clearance Sale

We are clearing our Sommer Cable Collection. Everything must go! These are brand new cables that have been sitting on the shelf for 3 months. Besides the usual microphone or instrument cables, we also have cables for CD players, laptop computers, and other configurations. These are high quality German cables that the top rental companies are using! Pick up the phone and call 012-2976081 to order. Delivery to your doorstep for KL and PJ residents.


Sommer Stage 22 with Amphenol XLR Connectors

5 Meters - RM 83 ; Clearance Price - RM 66

7 Meters -RM 99 ; C.P - RM 79

10 Meters - RM122; C.P - RM98


Sommer Tricone with Amphenol 1/4" Connectors

3 Meters - RM 58; Clearance Price - RM 46

5 Meters - RM 73; C.P - RM59

7 Meters - RM 89; C.P - RM 71


Sommer Isopod with Amphenol XLR Connectors for connection between sound system components

1 Meter - RM 48; Clearance Price - RM 38

Sommer Isopod with Amphenol 1/4" TRS Connector

0.5 Meter - RM 36; Clearance Price - RM 29


Sommer Isopod with 1/8" Stereo and 2 x Amphenol 1/4" Connectors

2.5 Meters - RM 67; Clearance Price - RM 54


Sommer Isopod with RCA and Amphenol 1/4" Connectors

4 Meters - RM 90 (A Pair) Now - RM 72


Sommer Isopod with Amphenol 1/4 " Mono and TRS for Inserting Components to individual channels on mixer

4 Meters - RM 90; Clearance Price - RM72

To order, please call 012-2976081. ( Free delivery within KL & PJ )

Monday, November 17, 2008

Christmas Sale On Audio Technica Products

We are having a 20% store wide sale on Audio Technica wireless microphones. This includes delivery and setup to KL and PJ destinations. Audio Technica is used by some big names in gospel music including Michael W Smith, Planetshakers, Steven Curtis Chapman, and others. Take advantage of this sale to get a good branded product at "pasar road" price.

Sale ends by Christmas day.

ATW702 Handheld Wireless System
ATW-R700 receiver and ATW-T702 handheld unidirectional dynamic microphone/transmitter. 8 selectable channels, dual diversity, balanced and unbalaced output. Uses 2 x AA batteries.

ATW701/h Headset Wireless System
ATW-R700 receiver and ATW-T701 UniPak® transmitter with PRO 8HEcW headworn microphone. Ideal for hands free pick up. Flexible for singing and speeches. Dual diversity, 8 selectable channels and 2 x AA batteries.

ATW892 Microset Microphone

AT892cL4-TH MicroSet™ Omnidirectional Condenser Headworn Microphone
This product is available in black and beige. Light weight, miniature that is used by today's speakers in management seminars. Clear vocals and almost hidden unseen microphone.

Pro 37 Small-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone for Instruments
With a low-mass element for superb transient response and a low-profile design, the PRO 37 has established itself as a versatile solution for studio recording and live performance. Excels in high-SPL applications

AT2010 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone
The AT2010 makes the studio-quality articulation and intelligibility of A-T’s renowned 20 Series truly accessible for the stage. This live performance microphone has been a best seller especially when compared with the more "famous" standard microphones around.
For more details, please click

MB/Dk4 and Dk6 Drum-Microphone Pack

The MB/Dk4 Drum Pack includes a core selection of four microphones specifically engineered for drum applications: three MB 5k snare/tom microphones and one MB 6k kick microphone. Also included in the
package are three drum-rim microphone mounts and a durable case.

Audio Technica 2000 Series Wireless Handheld Microphone
Frequency-agile True DiversityUHF Wireless SystemsFrequency-agile True DiversityUHF Wireless Systems.

ATW-2129 2000 Series Wireless Systems
ATW-R2100 receiver and ATW-T210 UniPak® Microphone System transmitter with AT829cW lavalier microphone.

ATM73ac Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone
Ideal for drummers, keyboard players or anyone requiring hands-free operation, the ATM73a features a comfortable, unobtrusive headband design with side-of-mouth pickup. Less power module; unterminated
55" (1.4 m) cable. Includes AT8125 and AT8128 windscreens.

To order, please call 012-2976081. ( Free delivery within KL & PJ )

K&M Microphone Stand

Konig & Meyer Microphone Stands are solid, stable, and heavy-duty. I sometimes wonder if people would pay double the price for these made in Germany stands. After all it's China here and China there. With each new emerging China brand, the price keeps dropping. However some of our clients only live by the branded stands. Here's why:

  • They may be double the price but triple the life span
  • The smart clients would rather travel in KL jam once rather then 2 0r 3 times to buy or replace the stands
  • Their microphones are costly and need good solid stands. I remember a condenser microphone (over RM1,000) dropping to the floor on a cheap unbranded microphone stand

Below are some K&M models that we have in stock:


Low-priced all-metal-stand. Consists of tubing assembly, boom arm and zinc die-cast base with long folding legs. Square swivel joint with large wing nut.

WT: 2.5 kg H: 1010/1720 mm BL: 805 mm.

Consists of tubing assembly, boom arm and zinc die-cast base with long folding legs. Square swivel joint with large wing nut. Attractive gray Soft-Touch powder coating with extendable boom arm.

Wt: 3.0 kg H: 925/1630 mm BL: 425/725 mm.


Low-level, telescopic stand with foldable legs. Comes with 2-piece boom arm. Attractive gray Soft-Touch powder coating.
Wt: 2.2 kg H: 425/645 mm BL: 470/775 mm.


Low profile round-base mic stand with telescopic boom arm, designed for bass drums and acoustic instruments. Heavy cast-iron round base, with anti-vibration rubber insert for noise filtration.
Wt: 6.0 kg H: 430 mm BL: 425/725 mmbase-diameter 250 mm

To order, please call 012-2976081. ( Free delivery within KL & PJ )

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Racking Up the Wireless Microphone Systems

Once a sound system uses more than 2 wireless microphones, the receivers will begin to clutter. GATOR offers an easy, affordable, and portable solution to store your receivers and transmitters. It also protects from dust and liquid.

G-Wireless 2 Go

  • 600-Denier nylon exterior
  • Rugged aluminum valance & rack rail2U PE reinforced 19" rack section with 13.5" rack dept
  • 4 PE foam padded cavities for microphones with clip on
  • 4 Cavities for body pack storage with antennas
  • Pre-cut foam holds 16 batteries
  • PE padded reinforced front & top lids
  • Zipper closure padded compartment for lavaliere microphones, headsets and other accessories
  • External accessory pocketThrough-bolt reinforced handles
  • Removable adjustable shoulder strap


  • Lightweight style rack bags great for effects processors, recording equipment and wireless microphones
  • Works with 6 1/2 space wireless units or 4 1/2 space wireless units and 1 antenna combiner
  • 3U Rack space with threaded field replaceable rack rails
  • Microphone pocket holds 6 wireless microphones or 6 body packs in padded foam insert
  • Polyethylene reinforced interior frame & internal reinforced aluminum valance
  • 600-Denier nylon exterior, lightweight yet rigid
  • Retractable, removable handle and wheels & interior mesh pocket for accessories

To order, please call 012-2976081. (Free delivery within KL & PJ )

GATOR Microphone Storage Solutions

For those chaps who keep their microphones after every performance/service, the GATOR microphone storage bags are a must. These bags protect your microphones from shock and from scrathes. They also make it a breeze to carry from function to function. Storing the microphones after every service will eliminate it dropping during mid week when no one is around, or even worse, microphones misplaced! Sizes available for 4 or 12 microphones.

GATOR Wired Microphone Bags


*Durable 600-Denier nylon construction

*Web handles & comfort shoulder strap

*4 Microphone drops

*Interior storage space Exterior storage pocket


*Durable 600-Denier nylon construction

*Designed to hold 12 microphones

*Exterior pocket for cables & accessories

*#10 Zippers Padded shoulder strap for easy transport

GX-33 Microphone Stand Bag with Mic Slots

*3 Separate compartments for microphone stands to prevent scratches & dings

*5 Form fitted microphone drops

*600-Denier nylon construction

*Webbed handles

*Carrying strap

*Zippered cable pocket
To order, please call 012-2976081. ( Free delivery within KL & PJ )

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

SE Level 1 September 2008

Wow, time really flies. It has been almost 3 months now since then (5th July) when I attended this course and i still can't think of anything that I can't benefit from it. The best part is I can always refer to my notes, whenever I'm troubleshooting a P.A. system anywhere! (Saves me lots of time running through the manuals and figuring things out)

GSUS would like to congratulate 5 participants from all around Klang Valley for they have completed the 1st level of Sound Engineering. They consist of Samuel and Charine from Sg. Besi, Tambi Raj from Rawang, Jacob Lee and Charles Cheh from Subang Jaya. We hope and pray for the best of them to be blessings in the churches they serve and bear much fruit for the music and worship ministry.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Value System Blues by Bernard McDonagh

Have you ever heard people talking about ‘the Blues’ and wondered what they were talking about? What exactly is this music called the Blues? Well, we can identify certain chords and scales, certain ways of phrasing, and a certain musical structure or ‘form’. These things give the Blues it’s unique sound and musical characteristics, but the Blues is much more than just the sum of these things. It’s a powerful vehicle for the expression of feelings and emotions. It is a unique musical dialect within the wider musical world which has permeated almost all contemporary music in some way. If modern music were likened to an exotic dish, then the Blues is an absolutely key ingredient; it’s not the dish itself, but is an essential part of it.

As well as being a true musical tradition in it’s own right, the Blues is important as a forerunner of other musical styles. Rock and Roll music is it’s direct offspring, and the basic language at the heart of Jazz is the soulfulness of the Blues. The simple 12-bar structure of most Blues music is evident in Rock and Roll, and Jazz has Blues structures as well. This structure, the note choices, and unique phrasing so characteristic in Blues have been imported into other styles of music too, so that the Blues now has an almost universal relevance to and influence on contemporary musicians everywhere.

In addition to the musical elements spoken of above, the soulfulness, emotion, and raw honesty found in the best Blues can also now be found in other forms of popular music too. It is in this respect that the Blues really has penetrated deep into the popular music forms and into the consciousness of musicians. (The ‘Confessions of a Music Fundamentalist’ article has more on this.)


The Blues really began as the music of African Americans; in particular those in the rural ‘South’. Close to the heart of the Blues are the ‘spirituals’ of the slaves, both in terms of structure and emotional content. The connection between them is obvious, and very strong. Many spirituals spoke of the yearning for freedom and relief from all the troubles of life. Some described the hardships the slaves endured, even using the sufferings of the Israelites in Egypt as a type of their own. The spirituals also spoke about God, and expressed faith and hope in God. They sang as a means of encouragement, even though they were singing about their troubles. It has to be said there’s therapeutic value in letting your feelings out, and of course even more so if there’s faith and worship directed to God!

In a similar way, Blues music usually talks about the troubles someone is going through, though usually in a more secular vein. In many ways it‘s really a poor man’s music, and you don’t normally hear a rich man singing the Blues. So the Blues really comes directly from those spirituals, and initially it was indeed very spiritual music. It still can be spiritual, but this really depends on the individual artists; more on that later.

Blues developed many regional characteristics too. For example, there’s acoustic-guitar-based ‘Country Blues’, but music in the bigger cities was very electric-guitar-based. For example the Blues in a big city like Chicago has a very different sound to the Blues down in the rural south. In some places, Texas for example, there’s a mix of acoustic and electric Blues, all of which sounds different to the Blues of the Mississippi Delta region, or the Blues coming out of the Carolinas, etc., and even within these styles of Blues there are many subtle shades of variation.

Sometimes Blues performers didn’t even really travel beyond their own towns and rural settings. People could be well-known in their home-town for years before someone from another city would get to hear them perform. Their reputation as a musician would be years in the making. This was normal for the rural folks, and this was of course, long before television, or the internet. Even recordings were quite a new phenomenon. Some inspired people made the effort to record some of the early Blues performers, and we are indeed fortunate to have that music to listen to today.


Despite this history, I feel that much Blues music made today is unworthy of it’s origins; perhaps I’ll put it in 12-bar form!:

Heart is filled with sorrow
Righteous train done left the track
Said my heart is filled with sorrow
Righteous train done left the track
That music used to be so fine
Now that music got a monkey on it’s back

I may well be very biased toward the earlier Blues musicians and performers, but the later day Blues music just hasn’t got that spark for me. In my view it’s lost so much of it’s humanity and spirituality, and the originality and raw integrity that made it so appealing is kind of lost now. Like any music that becomes popular it has become commercialised; thanks to the inevitable involvement of the business people.

It would be fair to say though, that it is still less corrupted and trivialized by commercialism than many other forms of music. As commercialized as it is, there is still healthy grass-roots Blues music happening, and there are still many fine performers of real, honest-to-goodness Blues music.


Unfortunately, all expressions of our human hearts are tarnished as a result of our sinful nature. This includes everything we say and do, and yes, our music too — no matter which style it embraces. It would be unfair to single out music that we don’t like, and exclude it from the realms of ‘acceptability’ just because of it’s style. It must be the music’s quality, or lack of it, that we use as the measure of judgement.

This brings me irresistibly to the issue of non-Christian, or ‘secular’ music? Can it have a place in the lives of Christians? I’m of the opinion that not everything our fellow man does is intrinsically evil, or automatically worthless. Despite the fallen nature of man, we can see in his self-expressions, including music, that along with all the trash of sin, there’s still a heart in there. Man still bears the image of God. It is a false doctrine that says everything made by non-Christians has no value. Where then is the dignity in being a human being?

How do you feel about it? Because it really is a matter of personal conscience before God. Romans chapter 14 teaches us not to judge a brother who eats, or does not eat meat. Verse 17 says: “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking”. The logical extension of this, is that it’s not music either! If you wish to listen to any kind of music, you have the God-given right and the authority of scripture to do so. If you prefer to listen only to ‘Christian’ music, then you are also justified in choosing that option. The only thing forbidden is judging our brother or sister!


So, it’s not the style of the music, but the content that should be the issue. For example, in the case of the Blues, there is some I would listen to, and some I would choose not to listen to. Where is the logic in deciding that all Blues music is ungodly and has no value? Quite often Blasphemy can wear a nice suit and sing Classical music. Unfaithfulness often wears a Country hat. Ungodliness and lust can dwell in the most sentimental and ‘Middle-Of-the-Road’ music. Saddest of all, is that greed and idolatry sometimes dress up as ‘Contemporary Christian’ music.

So what can our standard for judgement be now? If we have chosen music simply because it has a Christian label, or is made by Christians, then we are missing the point. The true standard can only be what it should have been all along: integrity and humanity. Music is a wonderful gift from God to all men. It doesn’t need an excuse to exist, and it doesn’t need to be ‘Christianised’ to be made acceptable. That music must have an excuse of “serving the Lord”, or “evangelism”, or whatever, is I believe, a fundamental misunderstanding of God’s creation. “The heavens declare the glory of God”, the scripture says in Psalm 19v1. Do we not see that the “heavens declare the glory of God” without the assistance of a big Jesus-shaped cloud for further emphasis?!

At this point it’s needful to make some clarifications. It is right to worship the Lord with our music! We should share our testimonies and life-experiences in our songs too! It’s only natural, and we should want to! This is not what I am being critical of here. It is perpetuating an upside down value system that we must resist; values that allow us to accept trash because it is ‘Christian’ trash, and to reject something that has beauty and substance, because it is not made by Christians.

When the Reformation was taking place in Germany, Martin Luther didn’t throw away everything that had existed up to that point! He maintained the study of Latin, recommended the whole-hearted pursuit of knowledge, and was a champion for the arts. (He himself was a hymn writer.) We too must be selective and wise. Although he found much to ‘protest’ about with regard to crucial matters of doctrine, he had no problem whatsoever with music or the arts. In fact, it came to be that under this Lutheran tradition (which was then only beginning), Church music, and Western music – period, would rise to previously unseen glories.

So, should we listen to the Blues? As Christians with the God-given freedom of choice, we can happily conclude that the choice is ours, and we shouldn’t hesitate to embrace the freedom given us in Christ Jesus. Nor should we hesitate to make decisions for ourselves with that freedom. We can reject music that is sub-standard, or blasphemous, or simply not true to God’s design for human beings. We should learn to appreciate music and other creative works that have integrity – even when they come from outside the four walls of the church.

Never mind the Blues, how can awful music of any style serve to glorify God and uplift man? Yet we live with so much third rate music in the Church; we who have been so critical of all others! My brethren, these things ought not to be so!

I have no doubt touched upon things that are more complex, or sensitive, than this brief article can fully address. For example, some art may indeed have artistic integrity of the highest order, but may also suggest a belief which is false or a morally wrong suggestion; especially if the artist does not know Christ. Despite this, I think we need to look prayerfully again at our value systems. We may have inherited or adopted some ideas which sound very zealous for God, but which in fact may be rooted in legalism; and not in the true biblical freedoms our Lord Jesus Christ won for us all at great cost.

Remember too, that as the Jews fought the Apostle Paul fiercely in their defence of the Law and of Judaism, so too there will be those among us who will never accept the freedom Christ gives us. They will insist that you be just like them, even down to tastes in music.

© 2006, by Bernard McDonagh

Thursday, September 4, 2008

O How the Mighty Have Fallen to..... dust?

When I was a kid we were told not to scoff at weaker friends or animals. The reason was these "small frys" could one day save our necks! Remember the story of the mouse who saved the lion from the hunter's trap by biting the ropes? Or in chinese animal chess how a rat can hold off an elephant? Remember David and Goliath?

Ha! We take great pain to invest in equipment. But no matter how expensive or branded they are, these equipment are suspectible to dust. Well here's the irony - we can buy expensive equipment but find it difficult to spend for an appropriate water/dust proof cover!

What's the big deal about dust?

1. Higher operating temperature
Dusts clog air vents. They also settle on transistors and motherboards in equipment like a blanket on a cold night. High operating temperature cuts the lifespan of the components.

2. Restrict electrical conductivity
Equipment with intermittent sound, static, and noise could be a symptom of dust getting into the knobs or switches.

What can be done to prolong the life of these crucial equipment?
1. PVC covers - dust and water resistant, nice and sleek.

2. Equipment rack - not just keeping the dust away but keeping everything in place and organized.

3. General service of equipment - unlike vehicle maintenance which cost a few hundreds, equipment services won't even cause a tooth ache

Monday, August 25, 2008

Probably the best Mic under RM500

Yep, that's what we think. A handheld condenser vocal microphone that's really hard to beat! But then again.... why take our word for it? Bring over your favourite microphone and we'll have a shootout! Let's do what audophiles would - an AB test! If you win, we'll throw in a cup of coffee besides the great fellowship and exchange of information. If we win, you still get the cup of coffee AND you'll get to take home this sleek sexy Audio Technica for under RM500 (list RM560). If you leave your branded microphone behind as a trade in, we'll give you another RM100 off. Now ain't that a win win situation? Call GSUS now at 03 - 4280 6081 or email us at to get yourself an appointment and further details will be provided. Go ahead pick up the phone..... we DARE you!

We've also include 2 audio clips, 1 recording using a dynamic mic where as the other is Audio Technica's Condenser Mic. Take a listen to it and tell us what you think about the quality of the sounds.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Eliminating Hums from Laptop or PC's on Stage

“Darren, I will be using my laptop for training this afternoon”, uttered Steve, the invited guest speaker flown speciallly from the States. As Darren hooks up the RCA connected to a 1/8” jack to the laptop's headphone output there was a humming sound. “I didn't expect that to come out from my presentation,” exclaimed Steve. “Well, that's the best i can do for you,” but at the back of Darren's head was 'if only there was a solution...'

This is a common scenario that PA system personnels face each time there's a need to connect the laptop for a presentation or a seminar. Budget for these meetings run into thousands if not ten of thousands. But it could all be ruined just because this gadget, the Laptop Interface, was not employed. Not only is it a nuisance but it could very likely put your organisation in bad light.

Laptop presentations are common nowadays not just in business premises or corporations but even churches as well. Sermon notes, seminars, workshops, worship meetings, and training programs are presented professionally on the slide through an overhead projector, making it easier and faster to organize and conduct any event.

Rapco International, the LTI 100 Laptop Interface is the answer to your laptop audio complications. One of the causes of hums is using unbalanced cabling. Unbalanced cabling is not for long runs from stage to mixer, usually in excess of 20 feet. For stages more than 20 to 300 feet away from the mixer you need balanced cabling. The Laptop Interface converts from un-balanced to balanced.

This gadget also comes with a built in 1/8" stereo connector that fits only a PC or Laptop. You will never lose this RARE connector! It does not require power input, just insert the 1/8” jack into your laptop headphone output, connect this hardware to the designated channel(s) on your mixer and take it for a test. You are sure to find satisfactory sound quality as you've heard while testing the presentation from your laptop. Having a stage away from the control room as far as 100 feet, all you need is to connect this palm sized hardware to the junction box on the stage with a microphone cable to the channel that is available and make sure the tech guys know about this so they can adjust the volume that you desire for maximum effect. Think of it as a D.I Box with built in 1/8" stereo connector. So what's the cost? The cost of 2 D.I boxes - RM600. Call GSUS at 03-4280 6081 or email us at and fix an appointment anytime between 9:00am - 6:00pm.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Palmsize USB Audio Interface for PC/Laptop Recording

Fancy recording a sermon to burn on CD for your members? Or sharing your weekly series with prayer partners by e-mail, on your blog or website? Or just keeping track of meetings organized neatly in your computer harddisk? Perhaps you have been recording sermons in your local church since ages ago, but have you ever got frustrated because you couldn't get the hiqh quality recording? Irritating hissing sounds, distortions, and unnecessary noises seems unavoidable and complaints keep coming back to you.

Voice and sound recordings are much simpler now, with Behringer's U-CONTROL UCA202 Audio Interface. Just connect this little labourer to your PC or laptop and to the mixer at your PA system and it's ready to work for you. Unlike the soundcard in your PC/Laptop that can only record and gives you almost acceptable recording quality, this device actually produces high quality recording clarity because it converts your audio signals into the digital realm and that is a huge difference. It can be yours at a very affordable price of RM250 (until 31st October 2008,RM300 from November onwards) and it comes with a FREE software that enables you to edit and convert to mp3 or Windows wav file. And if you want to listen to what you've recorded you can always playback as you can see it has output for this function. The software also allows you to transfer even old cassette tapes to CD, mp3, or other audio format so you can email it to your prayer partners, pastoral group members and also your friends all over the world....a very helpful tool indeed to spread the Gospel and for edifying one another.
Recording by Behringer's U-Control UCA202 Audio Interface
Recording by normal PC soundcard

This is how to connect and what is required:-

For further information and query please call Gsus at 03-4280 6081 anytime between 9:00am - 6:00pm. Thank you.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Re-harmonizing the oldie "He is Lord"

This is a simple re-harmonization exercise done in one of our Jazz Harmony classes. Can anyone explain why E MI7 is used as the first chord when the key is F major? Re-harmonization like these are taught in GSUS Jazz Harmony Level 2.

Please post your comments and we'll use that thread for discussion

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Participants Comments on Sound Engineering Level 1 July 2008

3 Students have successfully completed GSUS Sound Engineering Level1 July 2008. They are Barry Lee (KL), Chong Chee Kim (Malacca) and Peter Looi (Senai). GSUS wishes them blessings as they bring the knowledge back to their home churches to improve the worship ministry.

" The level 1 SE course has many advantages. Fundamentals were covered, from theory to hands on practical. Assembling the sound system according to signal flow chart helped me a lot. Every major part of the sound system was covered in an easy to understand lecture. Sound is not just a screwdriver ministry but it demands sacrifice. A value for money course."

Peter Looi
Calvary Charismatic Centre, Senai

"I've learned much from this course. It gives me the confidence to troubleshoot the problems we have with our church system. Thanks to Timothy and I'm looking forward to the next course!"

Chong Chee Kim, Malacca

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Tim.L Interview On Star

NOTE: If the video is jerky, wait until it is fully downloaded, rewind to the beginning and play again

Many know GSUS as a sound system consulting and supply company. To others we sell music instrument. While both statements are true, we also have an active division conducting music training. Among our popular courses are:

*Jazz Harmony and using jazz techniques in worship

*Sound Engineering


For our list of other music courses click here

For the full video