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A few months ago, we got a call from a pastor about the sound quality in the main worship space.  He talked about uneven coverage, uneven sound pressure levels (volume), lots of low-midrange rumble at the podium and a general lack of audio fidelity.  He seemed like he was ready for a new sound system. 

We asked what he had installed now.  Bose 502A.  No problem there.  Was he using the system controller?  Yes.  How and where were they installed?  In a center cluster, about 5-6' directly above the podium microphone (see below).  Uh oh.  

Bose 502A

This is not how to do it.

Two things stuck out to us.  First, the center cluster was low.  Of course, the ceiling is low, too, so options were limited.

Low frequency pattern control is a big issue that most don't consider when it comes to a new system.  The short story is that...

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Think Different

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by Mike Sessler, ChurchTechArts.org

From what I can gather, one of the traits of most successful people is the ability to try new things. Ability may be the wrong word—we all have the ability to try new things. Perhaps the word I’m looking for is desire. I love to try new things. I’m always on the lookout for some new technology, process, idea, whatever. Along the way, I’ve made some fantastic discoveries.

Sadly, I have also had many conversations that go somewhat like this.

Other Person: So, what kind of PA are you putting in your room?

Me: Bose RoomMatch. We’re pretty excited about it.

OP: Oh, I would never mix on one of those. Terrible.

Me: Really? Have you ever mixed on it?

OP: No.

Me: Have you ever heard it?

OP: No.

Me: Have you even looked into the technology behind it?

OP: No. Bose=bad. That’s all I know.

Usually, all I can say at that point is, “Huh.” Now, we all have our biases. We all have things we know that we generally like. Given the choice, I’d probably choose a Heil mic over another most of the time. But if someone shows up with a new mic I’ve not used before, I’ll give it a shot. In fact, that’s how I discovered Heil. I had never heard of them five years ago, but someone showed up with a box full, and we gave them a try.

Try New Things

Alton Brown used to say, “Play with your food!” I tend to agree. Try new things. You never know what’s going to happen. Just because you’ve been doing something the same way for the last 10 years doesn’t mean it’s the best way. Talk to someone else and see if you can learn something from them.

I’m convinced that one of the reasons our stage is so efficient is because I’ve stolen ideas from a lot of smart people over the last 10 years. Every time I visit a church or talk with another TD, I try to pick out something that I can learn from them. It’s amazing how much you will know if you just talk with other people.

Take Ideas From Unexpected Sources
 

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Don't turn out the lights!

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Buy a brighter projector, turn off the lights, dim the lights near the screens, get motorized shades for the windows, schedule your events at a time when the sun isn't streaming through the windows.  We've all been there.  We've all hoped for a better way. 

Screen Innovations (SI) is the undisputed world leader in ambient-light rejection screen technology, and they've done it again!  Following seven years of success with Black Diamond™, SI now offers Slate™ which enables your projection system to excel in high ambient light environments.

Slate was invented to provide the best picture possible, but at a lower cost than Black Diamond, and by eliminating 65% of the room's ambient light, it also eliminates the need to settle for white or gray screens. Matte white screens reject only about 10% of ambient light. 

Made in the USA, Slate is a flexible multi-particle optical screen offered in standard sizes up to 200” 16:9; larger sizes are available on request. 

With its high performance and efficiency, Slate allows us to pair it with projectors with lower light output in order to create an optimal price-performance solution for you.  

Slate is available in Motorized, Zero Edge™, and Fixed Frame screen formats.  Fixed frame screen pricing for 100” diagonal 16:9 is $1799.00.  187" for $3899. 

Let us help you design the right projection solution today! 

   

Meet Camron Ware of Visual Worshiper

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I recently met Camron Ware through Mike Sessler of Church Tech Arts and we think that you'd like to get to know him, too.

Growing up, Camron was that kid, that creative kid; the one who you asked to run lights because you didn't have any one else, the one who tried new things, the one who didn't know how it was supposed to be done, and the one who ended up changing the way his church looked at worship.  Fast forward 15 years, and today Camron is helping churches all over the country invigorate the visual part of their worship experience.

Camron heads Visual Worshiper and created the methods we've come to know as Environmental Projection (EP). EP is the process is transforming today's "blank canvas" worship spaces into dynamic visual spaces through the use of lighting and projection technologies.

Imagine projecting scenes or themed graphics onto unconventional spaces like the walls, the floor, or even the outside of your worship facility. The possibilities for what you do are only as limited as your creativity.

And that's where Camron and his crew come in. They travel the country helping churches design, install, and then train clients on the use of EP in their worship spaces.

If you'd like more information, read Camron's story here.  Look at his design gallery here.  If you connect with him, make sure to mention that you heard about him from us. Sometime soon, Camron will be in Columbus to help us create some dynamic spaces at my own church, so keep an eye on these pages for the transformation.

   

Legendary Bassist Abraham Laboriel, Sr. Chooses StageSource L3t for Bass Rig

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Growing up in Mexico City, little did Abraham Laboriel know he'd one day become the most popular session bassist ever, with over 4,000 recordings to his credit. Originally a classically trained guitarist, Laboriel switched to bass at age 24, embarking on an incredible career highlighted by sessions with Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Larry Carlton and many more. After playing through countless rigs, Laboriel recently decided to leave traditional bass amps behind and move forward with the full-range StageSource L3t loudspeaker – giving him the sonic accuracy he needs to fully express himself.

How did your upbringing in Mexico City contribute to your development as a musician?
I grew up in Mexico City, the son of Garifuna parents from Honduras, a people with their own very rich musical culture. My dad was a great guitarist, songwriter and performer who traveled throughout Latin America, mastering all the local rhythms. He started teaching me guitar and Latin rhythms.

My older brother Johnny was a huge rock 'n' roll star in Mexico in the '50s. The American companies sent him the recordings of all their latest hits for him to translate into Spanish and record as covers. So at an early age, I had access to hit records and started playing along. I was also exposed to jazz and fell in love. I was able to sneak backstage at the Bellas Artes to meet Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, The Modern Jazz Quartet and many others.

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I had consulted with some of the AVL Integrators whose ads had crossed my email/online path. The scope they were used to, including the cost, kept me searching. I talked with some integrators who wanted thousands (tens of thousands in some cases) of dollars to produce the initial design for our upgrades, and then would start the search for bids on that design. I kept searching. I was looking for someone who would be able to work with a church our size (1,000-1,200 in attendance per weekend total in 4 services), brainstorm with me on a design plan, and then walk through the priorities/cost maze that would likely present itself.

Then I remembered a voicemail I had received from Dave Horn of Truth Seeker Productions. When I listened to his voicemail, and then found out through other means that he had done significant work with a sister church of ours in Columbus, I had the feeling...that's right...the feeling that this was the guy to help us. So I called him, we met, and the path forward that he suggested was a very comfortable one for me, and the rest is history.

We are very satisfied with the projection upgrades in our worship center and fireside room (a total of 7 laser projectors), the larger, 16 X 9 screens everywhere, motorized screens where necessary, installation of 2 Allen & Heath digital audio consoles, upgraded LED lighting and controller, and a state of the art video control and routing system, allowing us to utilize IMag and live streaming.

Dave Horn and the Team at Truth Seeker are knowledgeable and up to date about all things AVL; good listeners, strategists, installers, and trainers. And, great service, even after the final check was paid!

They know how to work with Houses of Worship, "budgets," and how to help you make tough decisions. You'll be glad you contracted with them. We are!

Building Generations for Jesus Christ,
Pastor Brad Pilkington, Spring Hills Baptist Church