large, non-denominational church with a charismatic worship
style and a desire to take their church worldwide through
the internet is front and center. We will explore the
audio, video projection, lighting and post-production
technologies as they apply to this church.
In reviewing the audio design, one can quickly see that sound (and lots of it)
is very high on the priority list. The Worship Center
boasts a capacity of 4,000 and includes a balcony. Meyer
Sound was tapped to provide the FOH main, main delay
and satellite delay. These speakers were suspended in
a broken main cluster array with delay fills for the
balcony sections to either side. The CQ-Series, UPM-Series and UPA-Series mains are complimented with stablemate PSW subwoofers.
These speakers are being fed via an Allen & Heath ML-Series mixing console with the optional sidecar module, giving the
church a total of 72 microphone inputs. QSC CX-Series amplifiers are pushing the OAP Audio floor monitors designated
for platform personnel. The AKG Acoustics flagship WMS4000 wireless microphone systems with combiners and remote
antennae allow vocalists and speakers to move about the
platform effortlessly. A Countryman E6i earset microphone
means the congregation hears every word the speaker says
without the big, bulky headset microphones of the past.
AKG microphones are also in the choir loft, on the off-platform
organ leslie, drum kit and used to capture ambience in
the Worship Center for recordings. Signal processing
includes Sabine feedback exterminators, BBE sonic maximizers,
Yamaha digital effects processor, Behringer compressor/limiter,
and the BSS Soundweb and dbx DriveRack speaker management
systems. A TASCAM combo CD/cassette deck, TASCAM DAT
Machine and a Marantz CD recorder make for easy playback
and recording. The platform musicians benefit from the
personal monitor control provided through the
Aviom in-ear monitor system with Shure E2 earphones.
Listen Technologies systems provide hearing assistance
and language translation for all services. JuiceGoose
PRO power sequencing system allows the technicians to
properly power the system up and down correctly every
time. Making the connections to and from the platform
are ACE Backstage floor pockets and Horizon audio snakes.
The control center’s support team includes Raxxess equipment
racks housed under the desktop surface.
With a large seating capacity
comes a need for a sizable video projection system. Two
Da-Lite Perm-Wall custom-size projection screens are
either side of center front and in the center rear for
platform personnel. SANYO PLC-XF series LCD video projectors,
anchored with Chief Manufacturing mounts and ceiling
adapters, provide bright, vibrant images visible throughout.
Kramer Electronics items include switcher/scalers, distribution
amplifiers, line drivers, and matrix video switchers
and support both composite and XGA signals. A Dell XPS computer system with flat-panel monitor loaded with the
popular EasyWorship management software provide the lion’s
share of viewed images, while a Samsung DVD/VHS deck
supplements the computer system. Again, Raxxess equipment
racks house the equipment under the desktop surface.
At the heart of the theatrical lighting system is thirty (30) ETC
SourceFour 5 degree ellipsoidal fixtures with long-life lamps. Other existing equipment
makes up the rest of the lighting system.
The post-production system
enables the church to keep the Great Commission by allowing
distribution of service recordings and live internet
streaming. For this system, the Sony Broadcast camera
series was selected. Each camera includes a Sony camera
body, Fujinon lens, Sony viewfinder, Sony triax controller,
Bogen tripod, Manfrotto fluid head and Bogen tripod dolly.
An AVID Xpress Pro post-production editing system is
in place. A Sony DFS-Series switcher is the nerve center
of the production suite. Sony DSR-Series VTRs and Sony flat-panel monitors are secured in the custom console
manufactured by Winsted, who also provided the tape media
storage cabinet on this project. Kramer Electronics format
converters and distribution amplifiers were used. A CompuServe
Waveform Vectorscope was installed for the broadcast
system. The audio chain is processed by an Ashly Audio mixer, a dbx compressor and M-Audio studio reference
monitors. To facilitate communications with the technical
team, the Eartec Kenwood ProTalk XL wireless system with headsets is in use. A stand-alone Dell computer system is
in use to provide streaming video through the internet.
The Worship Center is not the only area of the facility
to benefit from these technologies. A closed-circuit
television (CCTV) system provides remote areas of the
church the ability to view and monitor activities during
services. AKAI flat-panel monitors are in place, along
with a ChannelPlus RF modulator and ChannelPlus distribution
amplifiers. A DVD/VHS deck from Samsung is included
for playback purposes.
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