The 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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
For Both Traditional and Contemporary Services, a Single Powersoft M50Q is ‘All They Will Ever Need’
Located 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.
- First question to ask going MultiSite is, “Why are we doing this?” To fulfill mission, reach more, and increase impact.
- Going MultiSite is less about growing a church and more about reaching a community.
- A MultiSite campus is a new congregation in a new location. MultiSite is church-planting 21st Century style!
- “We have to clarify in order to multiply. We cannot export what we cannot explain” (Dr. John Jackson).
- MultiSites take the church to the people rather than forcing them to drive long distances to a church.
- A MultiSite church puts the “local” back in the local church.
- What began as Band-Aid for megachurches out of room, MultiSite proved to be an option for healthy churches of any size.
- MultiSite is not the vision for your church, but it can be a vehicle for your church’s vision.
- MultiSites create more seats at optimal inviting hours at less cost.
- Primary reason for going MultiSite is not proximity convenience for church members but reaching those far from God.
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Audinate, creator of the industry-leading media networking solution Dante, has announced that over 500 Dante-enabled products are now available from licensed manufacturers worldwide. This represents more than a 60% increase in the number of available products in the last 12 months.
“The 500th Dante-enabled product represents a significant milestone for Audinate and our Dante OEM partners,” stated Lee Ellison, CEO of Audinate. “Customer research tell us that the single biggest factor when selecting an audio networking solution is the number of available products on the market. With hundreds of products launched in the last 12 months, Dante has reached the tipping point and has become the industry standard for Audio over IP networking.”
Gwinnett Church, a campus of the popular North Point Ministries group comprised of six churches in the Atlanta area, opened a new 1,300-seat auditorium this past January as the main sanctuary for the three services that 3,000 congregants attend each Sunday. But what might be the end goal for some churches is only phase one for Gwinnett Church’s long-range strategy—steel girders and other structural materials are already in place for a planned expansion in years to come that will accommodate upwards of 3,000 people per service.