Two of the most recognized Christian artists, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, performed “Christmas with Michael W. Smith & Amy Grant” at the Target Center in Minneapolis in early …
Excel AV Group Completes Design and Installation for 1,200-Capacity Church in North Dakota’s Largest City
Hope Lutheran Church began its ministry on the north side of Fargo, North Dakota’s largest city, back in 1958. Since then, the church has succeeded in carrying its message to a diverse set of people from all walks of life, and now hosts approximately 2,600 congregants per week. Recently, Minneapolis, MN—based Excel AV Group (www.excelavgroup.com) assisted the church in completing a multi-faceted A/V installation in the 1,200 capacity sanctuary of its South campus, featuring state of the art amplification from audio manufacturer Powersoft.
Although First Missionary Church established in Niles, Michigan over fifty years ago, it has been only in recent years that its growth has begun to strain the resources of its small sanctuary. The church elected to move to a new location, where it could build a larger multipurpose room and, as time and funds permitted, additional infrastructure, such as a dedicated sanctuary. Because the new building is located on a hill amid the relatively flat topography of southern Michigan, the church also elected to change its name to Summit Church. However, the name was all that changed. The church did not change its contemporary approach to delivering engaging services, which includes a full band with vocals, keyboard, guitar, bass, and drums. To present those services with maximum impact and intelligibility, Minnesota-based Audio Video Electronics (AVE) designed and installed a sound reinforcement system centered on Danley Sound Labs SH-96 and SH-60 Synergy Horn loudspeakers.
Waves Audio, a leading provider of audio DSP solutions for professional, broadcast, and consumer electronics audio markets, is proud that its plugins are key tools for Jason Aulds, the talented Associate Director/FOH Engineer at the Dallas, Texas-area Gateway Church. The church, a large worship community spanning four campuses, is a Bible-based, evangelistic, Spirit-empowered church led by Pastor Robert Morris.
The church’s sound setup is impressive: three DiGiCo SD7 consoles at the main campus; four DiGiCo SD8 consoles across the other campuses; and an AVID Venue D-Show console set up for travel. The SD8’s are paired with the Waves SoundGrid Essentials bundle, and the D-Show is complemented by the Waves Live Bundle.
GTO C-12 line arrays deliver great sound to an unprecedented crowd of 600,000 worshippers
“The Experience”, an interdenominational gospel concert organized by The House on the Rock Church, went alive again on December 5th (2014) at Tafawa-Balewa Square in Lagos with the theme “One God, One Voice.”
Convened and hosted by Pastor Paul Adefarasin, the 2014 edition of the world’s largest Gospel concert brought together some of today’s best-known artists such as Donnie McClurkin, Don Moen, Israel Houghton, Chevelle Franklin, Micah Stampley, Midnight Crew, Freke Umoh, Frank Edwards, Sinach, Nathaniel Bassey, Angella Christie, Onos Ariyo and Chioma Jesus, among others.
For the second time, Nigeria-based Cytech World Communication was honoured to provide a complete audio solution by Italian manufacturer Outline for such a huge prestigious event.
Congregants praise new loudspeaker solution for its impact and intelligibility
In today’s high-technology climate, the challenge facing many dynamic Houses of Worship is to maintain congregation engagement. At Tucson’s Pantano Christian Church (PCC), half of weekend services feature modern Christian rock, yet worshipers were regularly voicing they couldn’t properly hear the music or the message.
Nearly two years ago, when a new pastoral team stepped into leadership at PCC, they declared an upgrade to the worship spaces’ audio, video and lighting systems a top priority, and HOW systems integrator CCI Solutions was called in to specify and install an L-Acoustics ARCS “WIFO” (WIDE/FOCUS) loudspeaker system.
Todd Gathany, CCI’s senior systems consultant on the Pantano project, faced a difficult obstacle: the worship space actually consists of three distinct spaces. The main sanctuary has adjoining gymnasiums with their own bleachers in the back on both sides – with floating air walls separating them from the big room. The walls are moved to the sides for major events, opening the facility to a capacity of 2,000. Gathany notes, “The new PA that we designed had to work for all three spaces individually, but then had to easily come together to cover the entire space as one in a very cohesive way so the experience would be similar regardless of what room you’re in.”
Established in 1926, Temple Israel of Hollywood continues to be a beacon for Reform Jewish traditions and values. Today this multi-purpose cultural and worship centre hosts an increasingly diverse selection of events, with many taking place in its principal venue – the exquisitely-appointed Miller Hall.
The fully-equipped 5,000 sqft. ballroom stages a mix of live performances, cinema screenings and religious services. Clients are able to make use of an impressive AV infrastructure comprising over 200 channels of low-latency audio – which was recently the subject of a substantial overhaul courtesy of Hollywood Sound Systems (HSS).
The firm’s Brett M. Grossman served as digital systems design/programming lead on the project, and recalls that Temple Israel approached HSS with the core concept of “updating the digital technologies involved and moving forward with a networking infrastructure based around Audinate’s Dante networking” – the regular need to reconfigure the layout and change the mix position according to event type effectively demanding a flexible networking solution. Now, every physical input and output is individually addressable, while remaining space-efficient and allowing for the possibility of future expansion.
To meet the project’s unique requirements, Hollywood Sound Systems set about devising a system based around products from three familiar, Dante-integrating brands: Symetrix, Powersoft and Yamaha.
Glow to Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph
A church is first and foremost a house of worship, but beyond that oftentimes it is also many other things to its congregation. Such is certainly the case with the Co-Cathedral of Saint Joseph. A majestic 103-year-old building in Prospect Heights, the church is more than the spiritual hub for the 1.9 million Catholics in the Brooklyn diocese; it is also a gleaming symbol of hope for a neighborhood that is clearly moving into a brighter future. When Pope Benedict elevated the church to a cathedral shortly before his retirement in 2013, the diocese began an extensive renovation project that included a new lighting system from The LightTech Group of Jamaica, NY.
Central to the LightTech Group’s design were 18 Ovation E-190WW LED ellipsoidal fixtures that are used to cover the altar and key worship areas with flat, even fields of warm white light. Illumination from the Ovation fixtures not only creates an enriched visual experience for worshipers at the 1,500-seat church, it also provides ideal lighting for services that are broadcast on the Catholic Channel.
Music not only conveys the spirit of Christmas at The Heights Baptist Church, it also creates memories that worshippers cherish. A decade ago, leaders of this church outside Dallas made a decision to move away from theatrical holiday productions and instead have their Christmas season services feature concerts by their choir, orchestra and special guest artists. This year’s guest was very special indeed, as the church welcomed multi-Dove Award winner Aaron Shust, who performed on a stage that was illuminated in warm seasonal colors by COLORado™ 3P IP LED wash banks from CHAUVET Professional.
“The Christmas concerts with their special guests have become a tradition here,” said Bobby Dennis, Technical Director at the church. “In the past, we’ve had artists like Point of Grace, Andrew Peterson, Larnelle Harris join us. Of course part of the feeling we create on stage comes from the very lush holiday colors that light these performances. The COLORado fixtures were key in colorizing the stage for Aaron’s Christmas concert; they are our workhorse color wall and stage wash, performing flawlessly and never flickering, which is important because we HD/IMAG the concert.”
Pantano Christian Church already had a good lighting system, when its leaders concluded that “good” lighting wasn’t quite good enough when it came to creating the kind of engaging worship experience they wanted to offer their congregation. So they contacted house of worship design/build firm CCI Solutions of Olympia, WA to implement a comprehensive lighting and audio upgrade at their church.
Consultants Duke DeJong and Todd Gathany of CCI Solutions spent two days with the senior leadership and programming teams at Pantano, working with the church to define their vision and walk through their potential new lighting and audio systems, describing how each could help them achieve their goal. For the lighting side of the upgrade, CCI Solutions added a collection of LED stage lighting from CHAUVET Professional to the church’s system.
“Pantano was already doing some great things when it came to their lighting,” said DeJong. “However, there was a desire to add a lot more color to their lighting rig, and their dimming system definitely needed greater reliability. As we walked through each part of the new systems with the team from Pantano, it became clear that big out-of-the-box ideas were not only acceptable; they were encouraged.”
Among those “outside the box” ideas was the decision to replace the church’s old dimmable incandescent fixtures with two LED products from CHAUVET Professional: the Ovation E-190WW ellipsoidal, and Ovation F-165WW Fresnel; a move that DeJong and Gathany said took some members of the church by surprise.