Z-HD5500 Cameras from Hitachi Kokusai Elevate Quality of Remote Virtual Events for Don’t Wonder Productions

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When Los Angeles based production company Don’t Wonder Productions purchased its own broadcast cameras to minimize rentals just over a year ago, they chose four Z-HD5500 cameras from Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. (Hitachi Kokusai) to meet the rigorous quality and turnaround demands of live events. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause the cancelation of in-person gatherings, the versatile cameras have helped Don’t Wonder pivot to new business opportunities producing high-caliber remote event streams.

Specializing in video, sound and lighting for live corporate meetings and events, Don’t Wonder offers everything from pre-production design, engineering, and content creation to complete, multi-camera production services including image magnification and live streaming. Serving clients including mid-sized businesses, Fortune 100 corporations, and professional associations, the company has produced events across the country and around the globe, with typical attendance of between 300 and 2500 participants.

Belmont Church Offers Service Loud and Clear Through d&b A-Series

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Right in the heart of Music Row in Nashville, the non-denominational Belmont Church, now streaming through Belmont.TV due to COVID-19, was recently outfitted with new d&b audiotechnik A-Series augmented arrays thanks to the installation talents of Spectrum Sound, Nashville.

From its humble beginnings in 1911 as a revival tent meeting hall, the church officially broke ground in 1915, and 100+ years later they are still at the same location. The 900-seat contemporary church underwent a complete audio system renovation to the church’s main sanctuary sound reinforcement system, recording studio, and broadcast audio-for-video infrastructure.  The new A-Series forms the heart of the sound reinforcement system for the main sanctuary.

“The last time Belmont Church’s main worship space sound system was renovated was nearly 20 years ago, so it was time,” states Ken DeBelius, System Integration Sales Manager, Spectrum Sound. “As far as the room and interior design of the space, although it feels small, it does have a nice intimate setting. The geometric room layout posed significant challenges for a loudspeaker system design that would provide appropriate coverage uniformity to all the seating planes.  The main concerns of the room were the asymmetric layout of the main floor seating around the stage, and a large, steep raked balcony, which not only shadowed significant portions of the main floor, but the balcony area itself is also asymmetric.  A line array solution was out of the question; the room wasn’t nearly large enough to justify, and line arrays would create unacceptable sightline issues.  That left a point source loudspeaker solution, still not ideal, particularly with obtaining the considerable vertical coverage needed, and how it would look overall rigging-wise.”

Danley Brings Clarity, Coverage and Impact to Great Bridge Baptist Church

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Great Bridge Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Virginia has an uncompromising commitment to reflecting God’s love and building loving relationships. Its contemporary-style services lift spirits with music provided by an orchestra, a choir, and a praise band. It’s a big production, but until recently, all of that effort only partially connected because the existing sound reinforcement system’s coverage of Great Bridge Baptist Church’s 1,500-plus seats was far from ideal. Regional AV integration firm RTW Media, based in Richmond – serving the Virginia/DC/Maryland areas – designed and installed a big-impact, small-footprint sound reinforcement system centered on Danley Sound Lab’s efficient point-source products. Using the patented technologies of acoustical maverick Tom Danley, the Danley boxes give Great Bridge Baptist Church remarkably even coverage from front to back and from side to side, in the balconies, under the balconies, and even on the stage and in the orchestra pit.

“The sound system at Great Bridge Baptist Church was old and tired,” said Zack Guida, operations manager at RTW Media. “The coverage was lacking, the timing was off, and it really didn’t do justice to the amazing services they are putting on. When we met with the church, they explained that not only did they want an impactful sound system, but they also wanted consoles and backbone technology to give them creative audio and video capabilities that would further allow them to connect with the congregation, both in person, and through digital media. The church’s vision included a video and camera system overhaul as well, so we had to be mindful of the overall budget.

Mount Hope Broadcasts Its Live Services Using Waves eMotion LV1 Live Mixer

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Dave Berry, Media and Tech Associate of Mount Hope Church in Lansing, Michigan, uses the Waves eMotion LV1 Live Mixer and Waves plugins for broadcasting the church’s sermons.

On choosing the eMotion LV1 Live Mixer, Berry comments, “We have two LV1 systems in use in our broadcast studio and the second in our road system. Our first LV1 rig started out for our livestream, then we pulled it to use for FOH during a long weekend statewide youth conference and then back to broadcast. Its timing back to broadcast was rather strange, since that was when the COVID-19 quarantine in Michigan began, and the LV1 has been an incredible solution during this crazy time.”…

First Baptist Jackson Upgrades to HD Live Production with For-A

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First Baptist Church of Jackson in downtown Jackson, Miss.,began broadcasting its Sunday services on a local TV station in the 1950s, but had not significantly upgraded its production facilities since  the 1980s. Last summer, the church made the jump to HD production and anchored its redesigned control room with a HVS490 production switcher and MFR-3000 routing switcher from FOR-A Corporation of America.

Today, First Baptist Jackson streams live 1080p video to Facebook Live, YouTube, and its own website, with local 720p replays the following Sunday on WDBD (FOX) and WLOO (MyNetworkTV) in Jackson (DMA#92). “We’ve always tried to use technology to reach others for Christ,” said Michael Bowen, minister of media and communications. “If we wanted to effectively use video for ministry, we were going to have to get current.”…

Royer Ribbons for The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square

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The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square (formerly known as The Mormon Tabernacle Choir) uses a wide variety of Royer ribbon microphones to capture its performances for recording and worldwide broadcast. Broadcast Audio Engineer Jason Graham recently talked about his use of Royer microphones on the Tabernacle Choir and on choir and orchestra performances by the Millennial Choirs and Orchestras.

“When capturing the sound of a choir and orchestra, I want to stay as real as possible to the actual source,” Graham states. “Using Royers, I can help build a real connection with the musicians and the listener. Royer ribbons do an amazing job at fulfilling this desire for an organic, real sound. Their ability to capture an enormous dynamic range and still be quiet and subtle is really appealing to me. The stereo SF-24V is one of my favorite mics for this type of application. You can literally put it on anything from solo stringed instruments to a massive pipe organ and it’ll give you that pure sound you’re trying to capture.”

Univision Utilizes Innovative Sound Solutions for Leading Broadcasts

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For over two decades, Audio Supervisor Jose Gonzales has been responsible for capturing crystal clear sound for various broadcast programs at America’s leading Spanish-language network, Univision. During that time, Gonzales has seen many technological advances, but one thing has remained constant; his use of DPA Microphones.

Gonzales first began using DPA mics for Univision’s hit show, Sabado Gigante. “Don Francisco, the host of Sabado Gigante was very particular about the sound,” he says. “We compared them with other brands, and it was a unanimous decision to proceed with DPA; they are smaller and look and sound better. We immediately began using the d:facto™ Vocal mics for talent. We also selected headset mics for the various contestants and audience participation. We’ve been using DPA ever since. Today, approximately 95-percent of our microphones are from DPA.”

For most of Univision’s broadcast content, Gonzales currently relies on DPA’s 4000 Series microphones, including the Heavy Duty 4661 lavalier, 4018 Supercardioid and d:facto™ Vocal, as well as the 4066 and 6066 CORE headsets. “DPA is the best option for broadcast in general,” he continues. “In the studio, they are very clear and consistent, conceal easily and deliver a fantastic sound quality. Plus, they are very strong, durable and reliable mics that last a long time. DPA has a sonic consistency, that when you’re mixing all the microphone sounds together, it sounds even. I don’t notice a difference in quality or levels.”

Technology Spotlight: LINCOLN BEREAN CHURCH

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How a Megachurch became a “Church in Your Pocket”

by Chris Foreman

This is a story of a large and thriving church caught in a rapidly-growing, world-wide crisis that no one predicted and no one was truly prepared to meet. Like most churches, Berean has shut its doors temporarily and “the church”, as a congregation of people, is unable to worship in Berean’s auditorium. Yet, this seemingly dark story is actually a story of hope because Berean hasn’t just adapted to the crisis. They’ve put their talented team to work, using modern technology in creative ways to bring “a church dispersed,” as Senior Pastor Bryan Clark described it, back together for streaming worship that feels live while becoming the very personal experience that worship was meant to be. Berean has become a “church in your pocket.”

Read the rest of the story in the May 2020 digital issue…

EAW® Takes Sound Quality to the Next Level at China’s Xi’an Olympic Sports Center

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RADIUS (RSX Series) Loudspeakers and Subwoofers Deliver Intuitive and Straightforward Performance With Dante Integration

When construction began on the Xi’an Olympic Sports Center, home of China’s 14th National Games, officials wanted the modern 18,000 seat venue to feature a state-of-the-art PA system that would give every seat a memorable experience. With help from pro audio distributor EzPro International, officials found the solution they were looking for in EAW’s RADIUS (RSX) Series loudspeakers and subwoofers.

“In designing the sound system, the goal was to provide the same frequency response for each listening area and to address any unevenness throughout the audience areas,” says System Designer Zhang Xianjun. “We first built a 3D model for the stadium in AutoCAD, according to the architectural drawings. We then imported the model into EASE4.3 acoustic analysis software, followed by a 1:1 EASE model setup. We choose EAW’s RSX line array for its strong directivity, ability to optimize speech intelligibility and its overall fantastic sound.”

Riedel’s MediorNet, Artist, and Bolero Form All-New Routing and Communications Backbone at New Jersey’s Prudential Center

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Prudential Center, the world-class sports and entertainment venue located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, has replaced its aging signal and communications infrastructure with an all-new signal routing and intercom backbone based on Riedel solutions. Riedel’s MediorNet real-time signal transport, processing, and routing technology is integrated with an Artist digital matrix intercom mainframe and Bolero wireless intercom to enable seamless and high-quality communications throughout the facility.

Opened in 2007, Prudential Center has been the home arena for the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, the Seton Hall University Pirates men’s basketball team, and more than 175 concerts, family shows, and special events each year. Known by fans as “The Rock,” the arena seats 16,500 for hockey games and almost 19,000 for basketball. The new Riedel solution replaces an intercom system that was original to Prudential Center and a router that had reached its end of life.