Audio-Technica Microphones Chosen for Pope Francis’ Visit to Philadelphia

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untitledOn Saturday, September 26, 2015, Pope Francis visited the Festival of Families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Chosen to capture the Pontiff’s audio was an Audio-Technica AE6100 Artist Elite® Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone, custom-painted white by Audio-Technica especially for the occasion (pictured with Pope Francis, center). Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images.

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New AT&T survey and iChurch program shows technology replacing church traditions

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church1For hundreds of years, the Black church consisted of people of color congregating in a reasonably-sized building, listening to a large church choir sing old hymns, and glancing at the Good Book while listening to the preacher. Sunday services of today have completely transformed from that of yesteryear, and that’s all thanks to technology.

Walking into a modern church today is a drastically different experience from even 10 years ago. Many places of worship are deemed ‘mega-churches’ due to their enormous size and ability to carry tens of thousands of worshipers. Other churches have coffee bars; flat-screen televisions that display Bible verses, church information, and a live view of the preacher; and smaller church choirs that sing contemporary Christian songs.

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Saddleback Church’s New Anaheim Campus Goes LED With CCI Solutions and CHAUVET Professional

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2015-09-13 Saddleback Anaheim

Making the transition from the portable to the permanent is nothing new at Saddleback church. One of the most widely known and highly respected houses of worship in the world, Saddleback started out as a portable church, holding its first service on Easter Sunday, 1980 in the apartment of its founders Rick and Kay Warren. Saddleback, which now has 10 campuses in California and four overseas, did not even acquire its first permanent home until 1993, when it opened the doors of its Lake Forest, CA church.

This June, history repeated itself for Saddleback, when it made the transition from portable church to permanent campus in Anaheim by opening a 40,000-square-foot facility with ten classrooms and a 1,000-person worship area across from Angels Stadium. When it came to lighting the new campus, which is located in a retrofitted building, Saddleback technical director Greg Baker called on CCI Solutions to provide something that wasn’t even available back in 1993 – an energy-efficient LED system. CCI met this request with the help of a collection of fixtures from CHAUVET Professional.

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A.C. Lighting Inc. Wants You!

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You know the hardware. You’ve used the software. Jands Vista consoles are synonymous with lighting control in the house of worship market. The ArKaos Media Server provides media playback support through Vista and other lighting consoles. And now is your chance to make your knowledge work for you.

A.C. Lighting Inc., the exclusive North American distributor of the Jands Vista line of lighting consoles and ArKaos media servers, is looking for the ideal candidate to add to their team, supporting customers just like you on the Jands Vista and ArKaos platforms. You love putting your Vista knowledge to work supporting your church on the weekends; why not use it to launch a new career helping people get the most out of their investment in Vista across North America?

A.C. Lighting Inc. is growing to meet the demand for quality support. We want someone with the integrity, intelligence and personality to work with both the house of worship market and the secular community to solve their problems and help them become as good as you are with Vista as well as ArKaos. Where better to look than within a key market that helped to launch Vista to stardom?

To learn more about this opportunity, check out the job description and submit an application at http://www.aclighting.com/vacancies/ or send your resume directly to tracey.hill@aclighting.com


St. Louis-Area Faith Lutheran Church Upgrades Oakville Campus with New Roland M-5000 OHRCA Live Mixing Console

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Faith_Oakville_FOHThe St. Louis, MO-area Faith Lutheran Church(https://t.e2ma.net/click/pjcnn/h9axrb/1sjwyd), with campuses in the Oakville area and the nearby suburb of Columbia, IL, has been central to thousands of faithful believers over the last six decades. Like many modern churches, Faith Lutheran places an emphasis on music – both for the pastoral aspects and to get talented individuals involved in the service on a weekly basis. “At the Oakville campus, we usually have a drummer, one or two electric guitarists, an acoustic guitarists, keyboards and a handful of singers each week, plus the volunteers that control the audio, video and lighting,” notes Andy Weiss, Worship & Media Coordinator for Faith Lutheran Church. Recently the church moved its Columbia campus to a new facility and wanted to upgrade the A/V infrastructure in both facilities, and the easy solution was found in products from Roland. An existing Roland M-400 48-Channel Live Digital Mixing Console, which had been used for years at the Oakville campus, was moved to the new Columbia campus, which left room for something new and groundbreaking at Oakville: the Roland M-5000 OHRCA Live Mixing Console.

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Martin Audio Holds Special MLA Training Sessions in Nashville

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MA MLA Training_1Martin Audio will hold three days of special training for its award-winning Multi-cellular Array (MLA) technology loudspeaker system in the Nashville area from November 16th thru November 18th.

This special training is intended to provide designers, consultants, engineers and system techs with a comprehensive understanding of how to design, implement, deploy and maintain an MLA system.

The training sessions will be held at SOUNDCHECK, Rehearsal Room B, 750 Cowan Street, Nashville, Tennessee. They encompass a 3-day certification program with two days of classroom instruction and one day of practical application covering the concept of MLA, current versions of the MLA including MLA Compact and MLA Mini, Display 2.0 and VU-NET control software.

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Tech, No Babel

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Trouble Shooting Techniques: Simple it Down

Let’s say you’re checking the video system at your church. The computer is on and looks like it’s outputting video. The screen is on and should be showing it. It’s not. How do you troubleshoot?

I make sure everything is on and then I “simple it down.” I try and make the minimum system I can. This usually means bypassing a lot of extras to see if the basic components work. If they do, I start adding things back in one at a time until you find the failure.

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Tech, No Babel

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When you’re troubleshooting, a lot of people start by swapping out gear. If that’s the problem, it might immediately solve it, but if it isn’t, you’ve just wasted time, effort, and potentially money with a replacement you didn’t need.

Sometimes, it isn’t one piece of gear that’s causing a problem, but the combination of pieces. Imagine that a camera sends out a signal that’s just a little weak and a distribution amplifier doesn’t amplify as well as it should. Taken in isolation, these things might not be noticeable, but taken together, they might feed off each other.

Always replicate failures to make sure that the piece you suspect is the problem, actually is. If a DA isn’t working, it shouldn’t work no matter the installation.

Remember that cables tend to fail at their termination points, so an intermittent short could make you believe a piece of gear is to blame because unplugging it shows a fault one moment and then it works when you plug it into the new piece.

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GC Pro Sources AVL Gear for Renovation at Bellevue Christian Center in Bellevue, Nebraska

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BellevueChristian_Photo1The Bellevue Christian Center, in Bellevue, Nebraska, had a big project to tackle: the renovation of an auditorium that would be used as a temporary sanctuary so its existing sanctuary could also be renovated. It was a huge project, one that generated a lengthy equipment list for audio, video and lighting, and one that would require every item from that list to arrive exactly on time, to keep to the project timeline and to assure that the congregation would have a suitable sanctuary every Sunday during the renovations. That’s why the AV systems integrator on the project, Whiteley Solutions, turned to Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users. “We knew they’d have what we needed, and they’d have it on site when we needed it,” says Zach Anthony, the Senior Systems Engineer at Whiteley Solutions.

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Powersoft M Series Brings Efficiency, Innovation & Reliability to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

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For Both Traditional and Contemporary Services, a Single Powersoft M50Q is ‘All They Will Ever Need’

aasanctuarygoodshepsmLocated approximately 20 miles due west of Minneapolis on the shores of Lake Minnetonka., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church hosts a mix of different worship services each week: traditional, which features liturgy, responsive readings, a traditional choir and organ hymns; and contemporary, which feature music with drums, bass, piano and guitar. Since the church rotates these services, parishioners are exposed to both styles in an unconventional room arrangement that has musicians situated at the opposite side of the room. Last June, the church called on Minneapolis-based Excel AV Group (http://www.excelavgroup.com) to handle a new system design and audio refinement featuring amplification from Powersoft.

The sanctuary, which seats approximately 350 congregants, is relatively square in shape with one quadrant comprising the altar. On the exact opposite side are the musicians and the mixing area, which consists of a small, centralized mixing space that controls two PTZ high definition cameras, a 16:9 video screen behind the stage and the entire audio functionality. The nature of the ‘split space’ provided an unusual challenge for System Designer Caleb Dick of Excel AV Group, since the audio for the music and the pulpit was essentially coming from opposite directions.