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    Default What Projector Does Your Uke Group Use?

    My ukulele club, The CheezLand Uke Band, is looking into getting a projector to show the music we are going to play at our regular weekly meeting.

    We usually have around 50 members show for the meetings. Though it has gone as high as 80!

    We need a unit that is bright and sharp enough to project the music large enough for people to see in a partially lit room. And maybe some videos.

    So what projector does your club use?

    Pros and cons?

    Thanks for your help.
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    One of my activities is Movie Making and our group has a full HD resolution Projector.

    There are so many choices available and it totally depends upon what budget you have.

    So simple tips based on my experience.

    Go for a full HD native resolution with HDMI inputs in addition to composite and PC, HD ready labelled projectors are not HD they achieve it by electronic signal conversions hence my Native Resolution comment

    A high Lumen output of at least 3000

    A high contrast ratio

    Choice of LCD or DLP is arbitrary and based upon usage, DLP does tend to give a slightly crisper image but the projector is more delicate than an LCD one.

    Projectors have some form of inbuilt audio which is at best mediocre, so factor in for an Amp with remote control or a mixer so you can control audio volume from the projector location if needed. Do ensure that the projector has a feed through option for the audio so you can use an Amp/speakers.

    Work out what video/audio sources you are going to use and sketch out the cabling

    Thinking of a 4k projector, then this will immediately bump up the cost to about $3000?

    Eg
    We have Bluray and Hard Drive media players and feed the HDMI into a Home Theatre amp, then onto our Mission Studio speakers and HDMI to our Projector, out giving shows I tend to hook up our Hard Drive media player to my Mixer then to my PA speakers and HDMI from the Media Player to the projector.
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    My main two groups meet in libraries or other places where a screen, and computer access allows for projection. The group leader connects an iPad/tablet to the computer system or via wi-fi, and no projector is needed. The music is sent out ahead of time to the group, and they can either print it off, or load it onto their own tablet. That allows the group members to read their own music and/or look at the projected music.
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    Thanks for your input Col50. That helps a lot.

    RafterGirl, we are pretty much stuck with playing at the Moose Lodge. They are very accommodating to our club. And their room is very good for our meetings. So the libraries are out. But I will ask them what equipment they have. BUt thanks for your input as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    Thanks for your input Col50. That helps a lot.

    RafterGirl, we are pretty much stuck with playing at the Moose Lodge. They are very accommodating to our club. And their room is very good for our meetings. So the libraries are out. But I will ask them what equipment they have. BUt thanks for your input as well.
    I'd ask if they have any sort of computer system you can tap into before you spring for a projector. We have also played at various churches, community centers, private meeting venues, and fire stations using the computer to project. Hopefully the Moose Lodge has something in place that you can use.
    My ukulele family.....
    KoAloha Koa concert - circa 2006
    KoAloha Special Issue longneck soprano - Port Orford Cedar & Koa - circa 2015
    aNueNue Moon Bird concert - Spruce & Rosewood -2018
    Blackbird Clara - 2019

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    Good point by Raftergirl

    Many venues today have fixed systems already installed but even if the installation is not a fixed one the venue may well have systems available to set up on a hirer by hirer basis.

    Well worth asking the venue.
    Col.
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    Korg PA700, Korg Kross 2, Gibson LP, Fender Jazz Bass,
    + Amps, PA, Boss GT100, mixer.
    Ukes - Kala KA-TEME and Risa ST electric solid body.
    Uke wish list, a Bass, make and model yet to be determined

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    They do not have anything in place. Only have an old, donated Projector TV set that is pretty fuzzy and quite primitive. (IE: more than 5 years old.)

    Their WiFi is spotty as well. Totally unreliable.
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    Back to square one then Kenn.

    Time to start to generate some kit buying funds.
    Last edited by Col50; 07-21-2019 at 04:29 AM.
    Col.
    From the UK with a bad case of MIAS.
    Korg PA700, Korg Kross 2, Gibson LP, Fender Jazz Bass,
    + Amps, PA, Boss GT100, mixer.
    Ukes - Kala KA-TEME and Risa ST electric solid body.
    Uke wish list, a Bass, make and model yet to be determined

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    Well bummer. Good luck with your projector purchase.
    My ukulele family.....
    KoAloha Koa concert - circa 2006
    KoAloha Special Issue longneck soprano - Port Orford Cedar & Koa - circa 2015
    aNueNue Moon Bird concert - Spruce & Rosewood -2018
    Blackbird Clara - 2019

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    Our group uses this, works great in a lit room, projects a clear bright image for sometimes 100 people...
    proj2.jpg proj.jpg

    They use an ipad to project the songs.
    Last edited by UkerDanno; 07-21-2019 at 05:09 AM.
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