Riedel’s Bolero and Artist Enable Seamless Communications for Sight & Sound Theatres Epic Biblical Productions

Sight & Sound Theatres, producer of a dazzling series of live, Bible-themed stage shows, has adopted Riedel Communications’ Bolero wireless intercom for its 2,000-seat auditorium in Branson, Missouri. Bolero leverages an existing Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom system to deliver comprehensive, integrated, and crystal-clear communications for the entire production team.

Billed as a place “where the Bible comes to life on stage,” the Sight & Sound Theatres auditorium in Branson features a million watts of lights, 60,000 watts of sound, and a massive 20,000-square-foot stage that surrounds the audience on three sides. Each elaborate show uses dramatic performances, four-story-tall set pieces, and live animals to tell popular Bible stories, including the currently running “Samson.”

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Elation to hold Open House events in Las Vegas, New Orleans and Tri-State New York/New Jersey/Connecticut Area

Elation Professional invites lighting professionals to several upcoming Open House events featuring some of the company’s latest lighting, video and control technology. The come one, come all events will be held August 13th in Las Vegas, August 21st in New Orleans and September 25th in Connecticut. See below for details on each event.

“Each day of lighting inspiration will not only give local lighting pros the chance to get hands on with some of our latest lighting gear, it provides them an ideal opportunity to discuss with Elation personnel how we might work together to support their lighting needs,” stated Elation Sales & Marketing Director Eric Loader.

 

Las Vegas Road Show

When:  August 13th, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Where:  South Point Hotel and Casino, South Point Showroom, 9777 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89183

RSVP to Western Regional Sales Manager Raul Fonseca at raulf@elationlightign.com

 

New Orleans Road Show

When:  August 21st, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where:  Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

RSVP to Central Regional Sales Manager Scott Kinnebrew at scott.kinnebrew@elationlighting.com

 

Tri-State Road Show (New York/New Jersey/Connecticut Area)

When:  September 25th, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Where:  Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd, Uncasville, CT 06382

RSVP to Eastern Regional Sales Manager Gary Fallon at gary.fallon@elationlighting.com

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WorxAudio Loudspeakers from PreSonus® Create an Uplifting Worship Experience at Island Church

Guided by Pastors Grant and Jenni Brewster, Island Church aims to help people connect with God and with one another. Church leadership recently elected to upgrade the sanctuary’s sound reinforcement system and, to ensure even coverage, clear speech intelligibility, and robust music reproduction capability, they ultimately selected loudspeakers drawn from the WorxAudio catalog of PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc. (www.presonus.com) of Baton Rouge, LA.

Essential Audio Group, Inc., a full-service AV design / build and production services firm with offices in Nashville, TN and Seattle, WA, was contracted to design and deploy the new sound system at Island Church. After consulting with church leadership, the Essential Audio Group team ultimately installed a combination of PreSonus WorxAudio X-Series and Wave-Series loudspeakers. John Wilson, President and CEO of Essential Audio Group, who oversees day-to-day operations—including system design—discussed the project and his reasons for selecting the PreSonus WorxAudio products.

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Clair Brothers Big, Little PA System Raises Spirits and Solves Under Balcony Sound Problems at Calvary Fellowship Church

The snow kept falling and falling. And falling. Reaching two feet, the weight of the snow was too much for the roof to bear at Calvary Fellowship. Ruptured pipes irreparably flooded the 1,100-seat sanctuary at a cost of over a million dollars in damage. “Luckily nobody was hurt,” says a thankful Lee Wiggins, head pastor at the church.

The renovation was major, and it changed the physical design of the space. Improvements were made at all levels, which rendered the budget to complete important final details relatively low. “Money was an issue but we all felt we still needed to offer our congregation the best possible worship experience, especially the level of quality of the audio production that delivers our sermons,” points out Pastor Lee. So, who got the call? “Clair Brothers, of course,” he says with a smile. “And it was the right decision.”

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Susan Morgan, Co-Owner of Morgan Sound, Passes Away

It is with deep regret that A/V integrator Morgan Sound, Inc. of Lynnwood, Washington, announces the passing of co-owner, Susan Morgan, on July 25, 2018. She fought a fierce battle with Ovarian Cancer for four years, constantly managing her treatment and pushing her doctors for options that would save her life. “It was a duty that she, my wife Jody Adams, and I never set aside,” states Charlie Morgan, President of Morgan Sound and business partner of Susan. “I take comfort in knowing that we cared for her and stayed in her presence to the very end.”

In the early years of the company, Susan managed virtually all aspects of the day-to-day operations while her partner and then husband, Charlie Morgan, was touring with many national and international artists, and she continued to do so even after Charlie stopped touring, organizing and purchasing new inventory for both retail and live sound operations. Managing her own client list, of which there were many, her early adoption of the coming age of digital consoles positioned the company to post great gains when many of her church and sound clients began to switch over.

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Danley Does It All (Again) at Fayetteville First Baptist Church

Fayetteville First Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Georgia is aware of its strengths, even as it shifts to a more blended worship style. The goal is to engage the next generation so that they keep their roots firmly planted at FFBC without going so far as to make church an alien experience for the older generations who have been supporting the church their entire lives. Although it met the church's needs when it went in fifteen years ago, the sanctuary's sound reinforcement system was straining under the weight of the more contemporary demands placed upon it by the shift in service style. FFBC hired Gainesville, Georgia-based dB Integrations – the same company that had designed and installed the older system – to update its 500-seat sanctuary with a new Danley-based sound system that could simultaneously deliver excellent spoken-word intelligibility and exciting musicality.

"We did Fayetteville First Baptist Church's previous sound reinforcement system when I first started at dB Integrations fifteen years ago," said Neil Philpott, sales consultant at dB Integrations. "We designed that system for a multi-purpose room because, like many churches, they hoped to build a dedicated sanctuary. But that never ended up happening and so the 'multi-purpose room' became the permanent worship space."

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Yamaha Adds to Commercial Line with New CIS Speaker And Switches

—Official U.S. Launch of DZR Speakers; RIVAGE PM7, Rio D2s, and NEXO Amps Make InfoComm Debut—

Yamaha Professional Audio will exhibit at InfoComm booth #C1346 new additions to its Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) product line to include the new VXL1-16P PoE-powered, Dante-enabled line-source speaker well suited for conference room applications along with the Yamaha SWR2311P-10G L2 half-rack 10-port, 1Gbit enterprise-grade network switch addressing the PoE needs of installed sound. Network ports 1-8 capably drive PoE-powered speakers like the new Yamaha VXL1-16P speaker.

Two new high-capacity cards extend the interface capability of the RIVAGE PM Series. The HY144-D-SRC Dante Audio interface card offers up to 144 channels of integrated Sample Rate Conversion to a wide variety of Dante devices and applications allowing for non-synchronous connectivity. Five modes of operation can be utilized: 144 inputs with SRC, 144 outputs with SRC, 72 I/O with SRC, 144 I/O with synchronous SRC or 144 I/O with no SRC. The HY128-MD offers up to 128 channels of MADI with Sample Rate conversion using either coaxial or optical interfacing for connection to recording systems or MADI-based infrastructure. The HY144-D-SRC and HY128-MD will be available in the fall.

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Straight Talk with Tim Adams

by Tim Adams

Straight Talk is an ongoing series of short videos talking about everything church tech. Honest advice, real-world experiences are shared by a system integrator with honest self-critique and never-before-seen access to what happens during an AV upgrade and equipment install. All the ups, downs, highs, lows, and everything in between.

Live Streaming: Copyright
Think you're exempt from copyright law because you're a church? Think again! I go over the major issues, and solutions, associated with navigating the confusing world of copyright law!

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Yamaha CL/QL V5.0 Offers New Features and Expandability

Yamaha Professional Audio has announced Version 5.0 for Yamaha CL and QL Digital Audio Consoles. This no-charge update will elevate the industry standard mixing systems to the next level providing enhanced convenience, new features, and expandability.

In addition to support for more Dante devices, the V5.0 update adds to the consoles’ ever-growing arsenal of tools. The highly sought-after Portico 5045 Primary Source Enhancer by Rupert Neve Designs is now available in the Premium Rack. 

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