Saddleback Church Chooses

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Saddleback_Church_4Wall_LAAs one of the ten largest churches in America, Saddleback Church produces six services every weekend in a Worship Center seating over 3,000. In addition, the megachurch broadcasts live all of their services online around the globe, fulfilling the motto ‘one family, many locations’.

With this large of an audience seeing their message every week, the production team at Saddleback, including Lighting & Scenic Designer Alex Fuller, take great care in ensuring the lighting is perfect for every service. They recently began purchasing a variety of gear from to upgrade the lighting inside the facility.

“We had been renting a lot of different types of lights to see what worked best in the worship center,” said Fuller. “Once we narrowed it down to the lights we wanted, we started looking for the best price to purchase them.”

Fuller and his team faced a few challenges from a production standpoint inside their facility, not the least of which were 30 ft. tall, 70 ft. wide windows that span across both sides of Saddleback’s worship center. Needing fixtures that could compete with the bright Southern California sunlight, the team purchased used Martin MAC Vipers and MAC Auras, as well as Chroma-Q Color Force 48 and Color Force 12 LED battens.

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DPA Microphones’ d:screet Necklace Mic Helps Deliver the Good Word at Christian Church of Clarendon Hills

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DPA Microphones ClarendonLooking for a solution that would allow them to more easily mic pastors and performers of all statures, the audio team at Christian Church of Clarendon Hills (CCCH) recently turned to DPA Microphones’ d:screet Necklace Microphone. This marks the first known HOW application for the company’s latest miniature mic, which recently won a TEC Award. In addition to its regular services, the church lends its auditorium to local schools for concerts and events, so the audio team also keeps a supply of DPA d:fine 66, d:fine 4066 and d:screet 4061 miniatures on hand.

Initially trying the DPA d:screet Necklace mic on recommendation from their local integrator, Robert Locklear, Minister of Worship and Music at CCCH has become quite fond of the miniature mic. “It has a lot of the same tonal qualities of a regular headset mic with a little lower-end, which was a welcome surprise because of the high-end frequencies boost,” he says. “We don’t have any of the whispyness that we have with most headset mics that are commonplace in houses of worship. We only have one Necklace mic right now, but it has such a great quality that we’re definitely going to purchase more.”

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CSD Group And CHAUVET Professional Set The Stage At Hebron Baptist Church

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HebronBaptistHebron Baptist Church’s roots run deep, all the way back to Saturday April 22, 1837, when a group of 12 devout people met to form a new house of worship for their growing community. Like any church or other institution that thrives over so many years, Hebron Baptist has remained deeply rooted in its beliefs, while always adapting to keep its message contemporary. This commitment to staying current is easy to see when looking at the theatrical lighting system in the church’s newly constructed building, which features a collection of Ovation ellipsoidal and Fresnel fixtures from CHAUVET Professional.

Providing an flat even light field, warm color temperature and a high color rendering index, the new lighting system gives the church’s stage a clean professional look, making it easier for worshipers to view and engage with services. CSD Group of Fort Wayne, IN, which designed and installed the new theatrical rig, used four Ovation E-190WW ellipsoidal fixtures with 26° lens tubes and 10 Ovation F-165WW Fresnel units.

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Solid throw, wide horizontal dispersion, plus vocal and music clarity characterize new system attributes

South_Biscayne_ChurchSouth Biscayne Church is a faith and Bible believing, Southern Baptist Convention church that offers a high energy, always exciting worship experience for all ages. Bringing quality audio and video functionality to the church’s worship experience was a particularly challenging endeavor because the space was originally developed as a shopping center and, hence, not optimized for its current purpose. With careful planning and the right equipment however, services are a vibrant, contemporary experience—thanks in no small part to the sonic excellence delivered by loudspeakers drawn from the catalog of Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio.

GC Pro (Guitar Center Professional Division) of Atlanta, GA—working in conjunction with Tampa, FL-based Event Resource Group—ultimately designed and deployed a sound reinforcement system at the church utilizing D.A.S. Event 208A 3-way active line arrays, Event 218A dual 18-inch powered subwoofers, Action M12A 2-way powered stage monitors, and a DSP-26 stereo / mono processor for loudspeaker management. GC Pro Account Manager Brad Lyons engineered a fully comprehensive upgrade plan for South Biscayne Church’s FOH and stage audio, broadcast audio, video for IMAG (image magnification), and broadcast video. He discussed the project and his reasons for selecting D.A.S. Audio.

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Renewed Vision Graces Passion 2015

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How Renewed Vision’s ProPresenter and ProVideoPlayer 2 contributed to the Passion 2015 live Christian multimedia extravaganza

Passion 2015 StagingWith spectacular staging, big-screen displays, theatrical lighting, all-encompassing sound and close to 20,000 spectators at every event, this year’s Passion Conference—Passion 2015—looked more like a major rock concert than a religious event. But the Passion 2015 event is actually three full days of music, inspirational speeches, video, lights and stagecraft designed to bring 18 to 25 year olds closer to Jesus Christ.

An annual event since 1997, the Passion Tour has grown exponentially, with this year’s conference presenting three separate events this winter to sold-out crowds at Philips Arena in Atlanta over the course of two weekends, and the Toyota Center in Houston. The Houston event was also streamed over the Internet, allowing roughly 40,000 more viewers to virtually attend this high profile, influential Christian event.

Passion 2015 leveraged world-class staging and multimedia technology, powered by Renewed Vision graphics and video playback software, to deliver the teachings of the Gospel and Christ with impact. While Christian musicians and inspirational speakers performed on Passion’s massive stage-in-the-round, a very intense, dramatic light show enveloped the talent. The stunning lighting effects included four ribbon lift platforms on stage that elevated lighting gear 30 feet high to shine down from above; a giant cross made of 90 red laser beams that floated above the stage; and bright LED lights shining up through transparent sections of the stage.

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Inductive ListenLoop System Brings a 19th-Century House of Worship Further into the 21st Century

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The historic R.E. Lee Memorial Church addresses church members’ needs with an upgrade to its previously installed Listen Technologies system, to now accommodate T-coil-enabled hearing aids or cochlear implants

RELee_Memorial_Church-sizedThe historic R.E. Lee Memorial Church, located adjacent to the campus of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, is named for historical figure and university President/namesake Robert E. Lee. The church’s regular worship services are equally traditional, but in one key way the R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church has kept its members up with the times: last December it upgraded its existing Listen Technologies Corporation assisted listening system from an RF system to an inductive ListenLoop system, using Listen’s CLS2 Loop Driver as the driver for the main sanctuary floor.

The project, part of a broader audio system upgrade, was done by Stage Sound, of Roanoke, Virginia. As a result, church members using T-coil-enabled hearing aids or cochlear implants can now connect to the services’ audio automatically and seamlessly, without needed external devices such as ear buds, ear cups or headphones. In addition, Listen Technologies LP-IL-1 Hearing Loop Receivers with Lanyard Packages were also installed, to accommodate those with hearing challenges but who do not have hearing aids or implants.

“It’s made a huge and positive difference for everyone with hearing challenges,” says Jay Ensor, System Designer and Project Manager on the project for Stage Sound. “The previous RF system was great, and this is even better, because it makes getting connected to the church’s audio so much easier and simpler for those with T-coil-enabled hearing aids or cochlear implants. You walk in and you’re connected, just like that.”

Ensor says the installation of the inductive loop system was nearly that simple as well. The church rests above a basement on a floor supported by hand-hewn 2 X 6 beams, which facilitated the laying of the loop wire. Signal strength, already a major feature of the Listen Technologies inductive loop system, is exceptionally strong as a result of the all-wood environment, with strong signal up to 12 feet above the seating area. “We’ve installed other brands of assisted-listening products, but we’ve always come back to the ones from Listen Technologies, to the point that we became a dealer,” says Ensor. “In addition to being a great product, it’s also extremely cost effective, which allows us to pass the savings onto our customers. We trust it and our clients get the performance they expect, every time.”

Elation Lighting & Video Enhances “The Thorn”

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Popular touring Passion Play made even more inspirational using state-of-the-art entertainment technology

The Thorn_4-sizedPassion Plays, traditional theatrical depictions of the life and death of Jesus, have been an Easter season staple for centuries and the modern-day touring production “The Thorn,” with a full Elation lighting and LED video package, is arguably one of the best.

“The Thorn,” which has been staged yearly since 1998, breaks from ritual and adopts a more dramatic form, fusing Cirque du Soleil-type aerials, martial arts and state-of-the-art entertainment technology with emotionally powerful performances. This year, the play raised the visual drama even further through use of a dynamic package of Elation Platinum Series and LED-based moving heads, LED Par and effect lights, and LED video displays with haze and special fog effects from Antari.

Illuminate Production Services ( of Sacramento provided nearly all of the lighting equipment, labor and production management for the five-week, five-state tour, which was out throughout March and was seen by nearly 75,000 people. Each year more than 60 professional and volunteer cast and crew join “The Thorn” to take the show on the road. In each city, the touring cast and crew is joined by hundreds of local actors and artists to bring the story to life.

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