YOUNG THUG ‘CAGED’ AND ZAPPED WITH GLP JDC1’S

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When British lighting designer Stu Dingley realized, back in 2018, that most of the acts he was servicing were Los Angeles based, he made the radical step of moving to California, believing that not only was it a great place to be based, but he could avoid the increasing commute.
Most recently he was approached by Meggan Mckenzie, creative director for Atlanta rapper Young Thug, to work alongside her in creating the production and lighting design, and bringing her ideas to life. He was soon dipping into the GLP toolbox in search of his solutions, coming up with the JDC1 hybrid strobes and impression X4 Bar 20 battens.

Bringing Light to Worship

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Citizen Heights Church is a contemporary house of worship reaching the north-western Washington, DC community. However, they were experiencing a mismatch between their style/ministry goals, and the ability of their lighting system to support those goals.
“We had previously installed an LED video wall upstage,” says Joey Olmo, technical director at the church, “and our front lighting was not able to adequately light those standing downstage from the video wall. Additionally, our lighting console was difficult to use, and without a lighting expert in the congregation, training volunteers to run lighting was problematic.”
The church invited Kingdom Technology Partners (KTP), a trusted service provider for several years, to discuss their lighting challenges and recommend options for improvement.

Creating a Great Design on A Budget

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Many churches don’t know where to start when thinking about their lighting; what fixtures to get? Where to put them?  Do you need color or just white light? Why is lighting so expensive?  A myriad of questions often paralyze a church before a lighting upgrade project can even really begin.
The Gathering Place, in Vancouver, Washington, knows what goes into maximizing their lighting system.  Last year, they finished remodeling a small building and moved in.  Renovation and remodel projects nearly always run over budget and that affects other areas and this was no different.  Wishing to be the best stewards possible, they chose to utilize the fixtures from their mobile system and make a small investment in some LED color-changing back lighting and some uplighting for the back wall of the stage.
These were strategic purchases to help them build a system that could be added to in the future.  They had to balance current and near-future needs with budget realities and they did a great job as the results are eye-catching without being distracting.  Given that they were not recording video when they moved in, they decided to only light the center from the front.

Ayrton Khamsins Help St. Andrew’s in Newport Beach Boost Church’s Live Streaming Capabilities

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St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church of Newport Beach, California has added Ayrton Khamsin-TC profile luminaires to its equipment inventory for worship services and special events.

St. Andrew’s has been in the Newport Beach community for some 70 years and is known as a neighborhood church with global impact.  It holds three weekend worship services, both modern and classic, and maintains a staff to handle AV production needs.

“It’s been our long-term goal to offer live streaming on the Internet, and our recent camera and lighting purchases are designed to aid us in live streaming services and events,” says Erik Alkire, Lighting Designer at St. Andrew’s.

The church has six Panasonic cameras, four of them remotely controlled by the technical director and two manned on tripods.  Its extensive lighting complement includes 90 conventional fixtures plus some aging moving heads.

Case Study: Cedarview Community Church

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At Cedarview Community Church, we teach God’s word, prioritize worship, welcome God’s spirit, proclaim salvation, seek God’s face, serve God’s people and have a heart for missions.  As we strive to equip the local church body to grow and to be Christs’ extended hand to the community and world, we aim to do it with excellence and purpose by directing all attention to Jesus Christ. It’s important for the church to be focused on God’s word and to honor its authority over every aspect of our life and conduct.  With that comes a heart of worship, a sensitivity the Holy Spirit in line with New Testament Scriptures and desire to reach the lost. 

I have worked with Cedarview a few times. I actually attend the church and serve as their Technical Director, and over time – because of the age of the gear in the church – they needed to look at modernizing and replacements. In some cases, the church ran into emergency situations where gear needed to be replaced immediately.  As an integration contractor, we set up a stewardship approach which allows churches to plan for natural evolution for failure and obsolescence, identifying and planning for replacement equipment before it reaches a fail point.

Rhodium Series LED Panels from Vanguard LED Displays Keep The Summit Church Services Engaging

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The Summit Church is a Southern Baptist multi-site church that meets at eleven locations throughout the greater Raleigh-Durham area. Founded in 1961 with the mission ‘to create a movement of disciple-making disciples’, The Summit Church named J.D. Greear lead pastor in 2001, where he also serves as one of the church’s Directional Elders and a member of the Executive Team. Recently, the church decided to deploy three video walls at the Brier Creek Campus, which in addition to being the church’s main campus, also serves as the primary broadcast campus. To ensure their investment would help maximize the effectiveness of their services, the decision was made to install the Rhodium Series LED Video Display from Lakeland, FL-based Vanguard LED Displays.
DP Design of Milwaukee, WI, an AV design / build firm with a nationwide reach that specializes in the worship market, was contracted to design and install the new video display system at The Summit Church. Company founder and CEO David Price, who oversees the company’s sales, system design, and installations, elected to deploy a total of 240 Vanguard Rhodium Series P4 video display cabinets. He discussed the project.

Stage Audio Works delivers full solution for Die Bron Church

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Stage Audio Works’ Cape Town office has helped to enhance the services at Die Bron Church and Theatre with new audio, video and lighting solutions throughout its campus. The project called for a campus-wide integrated solution and saw Stage Audio Works partner with Gearworx for the installation.
“Die Bron Church required a complete solution, covering AV, audio and lighting,” recalls Jerome Gideon from Stage Audio Works’ Cape Town office. “The client wanted the best solution for their budget and to make operation as easy as possible. They also wanted to make sure that no matter where you were seated within the venue, you could hear every spoken word clearly.”
To meet this brief, Stage Audio Works designed a wide-reaching solution, drawing on the strengths of many of the brands it represents. Starting with the audio solution in the theatre, the main PA comprises eight d&b audiotechnik 10AL line array cabinets, with a pair of 18S-SUBs and the same number of B22 subwoofers providing low end reinforcement. Delays are in the form of eight d&b E8 cabinets with power for the audio solution from the German manufacturer’s 10D and 30D amplifiers. On stage, performers use Sennheiser EW500 wireless microphones, while monitoring is available via Sennheiser EW300 in-ear monitors or dBTechnologies Flexsys FM12 wedges. Completing the audio signal chain is a Yamaha QL5 digital mixing console and Rio3224 stage box.

Altman Lighting creates a balanced and colorful worship design at Bannockburn Church

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Dedicated to creating a welcoming and authentic relationship with their congregation, Bannockburn Church is a sanctuary filled with encouragement and bonded through a common faith. Located near Austin, Texas, the church recently made the decision to renovate their outdated production design behind the worship environment, and they needed a partner to make the design a reality. With preparations of their own already underway for the opening of a new office in Texas, the design and integration specialists at 5 Words Media were ready to take full control with a design utilizing Chalice downlights and AP-150 LED Par luminaires from Altman Lighting.
“We were traveling a lot in Texas for a number of projects in the House of Worship market, so we began looking at the possibility of opening a new office,” began Daniel Gourley, CEO, 5 Words Media. “Strategically located in the middle of San Antonio, Dallas and Houston, Austin is a very progressive entertainment environment, making it an ideal expansion possibility. Since we knew Dustin Parker from our work with him at Life Austin Church, we did our best to convince him to join us and it’s been a natural extension for us as we continue to grow year-after-year.”
“When I first spoke with Daniel, I was doing a lot of in-house projects, but then also working on additional AVL freelance projects with other churches throughout the area,” added Dustin Parker, Sales Engineer, 5 Words Media.  “My true passion is to help congregations get the most out of the worship experience, so when I had the opportunity to join 5 Words Media, I really took it and ran with it.”
As discussions began with Bannockburn Church on how they would like to renovate their production design, it became clear that the architecture of the sanctuary was a valued aspect of the worship environment. Wanting to both highlight and accentuate the design characteristics already in place, the team at 5 Words Media would need to completely revamp the antiquated lighting technology.