FOR-A Video Switcher Helps SeaCoast Grace Church Expand Streaming Content During COVID-19 Restrictions

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SeaCoast Grace Church in Cypress used to produce live streaming coverage of its three weekend services with its HVS-490 HANABI video switcher from FOR-A Corporation of America. With COVID-19 restrictions in place, however, the nondenominational church can no longer welcome approximately 4,000 people through the doors of its main auditorium every weekend. Instead, it produces coverage of one weekend service, and has added coverage of classes, meetings, and additional worship during the week for various groups within its community.

Normally, the 2 M/E switcher is used to produce two simultaneous productions. The first provides coverage for the two I-MAG (image magnification) screens in the 2,000-seat main auditorium, as well as the streaming feed. The second provides a separate feed for the 1920×1080 LED video wall that serves as a backdrop for the on-site singers and musicians.

Southard Audio Brings Harrisonburg’s Divine Unity Church outdoors with Martin Audio WPS

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Virginia’s Southard Audio recently overcame the challenges of lockdown when it deployed its brand new Martin Audio WPS system for the first time, helping the congregants of Harrisonburg’s Divine Unity Church to move outdoors for a special, socially-distanced service.

The event marked the first time that the company was able to use its WPS system, which recently joined the large format WPL system that Southard Audio has been using for a year.

Bassist Captures Authentic Jazz Sound With MXL Microphones

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Having been raised by a musical family, Carlos Henriquez was destined to find his passion for the performing arts. As a Juilliard Music Advancement Program (MAP) graduate with an impressive resume, Henriquez joined the Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra in 1998. Over the past 22 years, Henriquez has been touring the world with the orchestra, having been featured on more than 25 albums. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck the U.S. in March, Henriquez found himself attempting to record music from home for the first time. In need of a high-quality microphone to capture pristine recordings in his makeshift home studio, Henriquez turned to MXL Microphone’s REVELATION II tube microphone.

Led by internationally acclaimed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra relies solely on acoustics, not using any amplification or monitors while on stage. With this style of recording, microphones are more important than ever. “For our performances, we solely rely on microphones, which are directed by our Acoustic Sound Engineer David Robinson and Audio Engineer Todd Whitelock,” says Henriquez. “When we first began working from home, I had nothing to offer in terms of sound other than my iPhone and laptop. I ended up capturing a couple of recordings on my iPhone, which Todd was able to work with. However, listening back, it was not the high-quality audio that we are accustomed to at Jazz at Lincoln Center. I knew I needed to do something about it.”

Thanks to its New DAS Audio Sound System, Services at Taylor Church are More Engaging Than Ever

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As an interdenominational, full Gospel, Pentecostal Church where everyone is welcome, Taylor Church (https://www.taylorchurchministries.com/) offers a series of innovative ministries designed to help everyone gain a meaningful worship experience. Recognizing the value of a well-designed sound reinforcement system, church management recently elected to upgrade their sanctuary with a new system that draws from the Event Series catalog of Valencia, Spain -based DAS Audio.

BDH Technical Systems of St. Augustine, FL, a full service audio – video design / build firm that services both the worship and commercial markets, was contracted to design and deploy the church’s new sound system. Working in close cooperation with their business partner, Invisible Audio of Jacksonville, FL (an authorized DAS Audio dealer), BDH Technical Systems penned the new loudspeaker system design that incorporated DAS Event208-AW 3-way powered line array enclosures mated with DAS Event218-A sub bass enclosures. Craig Bruce, a partner at BDH Technical Systems who also serves as the company’s primary system designer, discussed the project.

Watermark Community Church Installs Three Solid State Logic Live Consoles with SuperAnalogue™ Mic Pre Amps as Part of Multi-Location Dante Network

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Watermark Community Church, a nondenominational evangelical church founded by Senior Pastor Todd Wagner in 1999, has long embraced the latest audio-visual technologies to help deliver services to a network of campuses across the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. To improve the audio quality of the message being delivered, not only in-person but also online, the church recently engaged commercial AV design and integration company Nexos to install three Solid State Logic Live consoles — two L200s and an L350 — and to implement a new Dante network at its main Dallas campus.

The recent upgrade, completed shortly before the coronavirus lockdown went into effect, included the installation of a 24-fader SSL Live L350 at front-of-house and a 36-fader L200 at the monitor position in the main Dallas campus’ 4,000-seat auditorium. The third SSL console, another 36-fader L200, is located in the facility’s broadcast and video control room. Worship services typically include in-house and visiting praise bands and musicians and are distributed to satellite campuses in Fort Worth, Plano, Frisco and downtown Dallas, where the pastor’s teachings are integrated into the respective live worship services at those facilities and are also streamed online.

Case Study: The Ceiling That Brought the Parish Together

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Renovating a church can be a huge undertaking, but church communities have a major resource, beyond money, that they can bring to bear: the congregation. Father Prentice Dean, the pastor of The Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Arlington, TX, selected an innovative ceiling material and found that it brought his congregation together. He and his parishioners installed the ceiling themselves, replacing stained and yellowed mineral fiber panels with thermoformed ceiling panels that look like carved wood and create a welcoming warmth in the sanctuary.

St. Mary the Virgin was built around 1990 as an Episcopalian church. In 1994, the entire congregation converted to Roman Catholicism, but they were allowed to keep the building. It was a congregation of modest means that had limited the décor of the church’s interior to an almost spartan simplicity, and the white, 22-foot high ceiling gave the sanctuary a cavernous feeling.

Grade A-listed St. Mark’s Belfast Installs O-Line

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Situated in the Dundela district of Belfast, St Mark’s Church has a remarkable heritage. Historically, it has strong links with the author CS Lewis, whose grandfather was the first rector of the Parish.

Designed by celebrated Gothic architect, William Butterfield, in 1876, it recently underwent a complete overhaul of its sound system, with Martin Audio partners, Rea Sound (under the project management of Roger McMullan), installing the manufacturer’s sleek and discreet O-Line software-optimized micro line array, which is purpose designed for houses of worship.

Lawo Ruby Mixing Console Equips Third On-Air Studio

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Bi-lingual Swiss radio station Canal 3, which broadcasts on two frequencies in the cantons of Berne and Solothurn, has chosen the popular Lawo ruby on-air console, combined with Power Core DSP mixing engine, as the centerpieces of their recently-completed air studio.

Designed for dual duty as both a pre-production studio and a substitute on-air space, this is Canal 3’s third studio equipped with Lawo radio products. 

Vox Church Holds Drive-In Worship with dBTechnologies

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As a response to the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic, New Haven Connecticut-based Vox Church recently held three drive-in worship services using dBTechnologies DVA K5 Active Line Arrays and SUB 18H powered subwoofers. A growing church with seven locations, Vox has standardized on these dBTechnologies models for most of their needs and uses them for “load-in/load-out” services in several locations. This simplifies crew training, speeds setup and makes it easy to configure systems for large events like this.

The drive-in system, used for all three services, consisted of left and right arrays of 11 DVA K5s and a 3×3 end-fire cardioid array of SUB 18H subwoofers. Vox Church FOH engineer, Eugene Mulcahy used dBTechnologies Composer software to design and optimize the DVA arrays. “I did everything Composer told me to do,” he said. “And the predictions were right on. We had good audio out to at least 200 feet.”

LCBC Church Mic Upgrade Takes Sound and Comfort to the Next Level

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LCBC Church, an evangelical megachurch with 14 campuses through Central Pennsylvania, is one of the largest and most well-known churches in America. As such, its leaders expect only the best from the equipment they purchase. When DPA Microphones released the world’s smallest high-end pro audio headset microphone, with a capsule that measures in at just 3 mm (0.12 in) in diameter, LCBC’s audio team took notice. Among the first houses of worship to purchase DPA’s award-winning 6066 CORE Subminiature Headset – one for each of its two primary communicators, the church selected the mic for its high-quality sound, sleek design, enhanced comfort and small form-factor.

“Our teaching team has been using DPA’s 4066 headset mics for years,” says Sean McDermott, Production Director, LCBC Church. “We have always appreciated the audio quality and reliability of that solution. When DPA introduced the 6066, we knew it was an obvious upgrade that would provide a more comfortable experience for our communicators, the classic natural DPA sound and an improved look for our broadcasts.”