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Maximizing the Worship Space, Part 2

Jan 28, 2014 10:45 AM, With Bennett Liles

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The First Free Church in Rockford, Ill., did a complete revamp on their sound, lighting, and projection system and they called Brent Hayes with SVL Productions. He’s here to tell us about the new projection and LED lighting system, coming up right now on the SVC Podcast.

SVC: Brent Hayes from SVL Productions in Cherry Valley, Illinois welcome back for part two on the SVC Podcast talking about the sound, video and lighting upgrade at First Free Church near there in Rockford. Now, on the lighting system did you replace the entire lighting system with LED lighting or did you just touch up what they already had there?
We replaced most of it. They did retain some of the stuff they had originally from their prior lighting system was heavily laden with PARs, to say the least. There was something like 200 and some fixtures up there, Par 64’s, and the majority of those came down and were replaced with LED fixtures and some ETC lekos. [Timestamp: 1:25]

And what did you decide to go with on the brands and models on the LED lighting?
We did some ETC lekos with various degree lenses depending on the location. They ended up with some Chauvet Colorados up in the ceiling doing some front washes, and then we added uplighting for the entire back of the stage, and that’s all bundled with various instruments. Some of them are Chauvet strip lights that actually are working fantastic. And then they move them around as the backdrop and set needs changed. And that install was over they’ve added some – a few moving fixtures and the plan is to continue to add some more over the next couple of years. [Timestamp: 2:05]

I would think that a lot of that project was just getting the old stuff out of the way. How much of a job was it to get the old system components out and get the new ones in?
The church is actually very fortunate. They’ve got two full-time tech guys and we worked very closely with them, so they helped with a lot of that; some of which was to save cost, and too because they obviously wanted to be very involved with this process since they have to deal with it day-to-day. So moving the fixtures out and they took care of the majority of that as well as hanging the new lekos and aiming them where they wanted them. They actually took care of all of that side of it. We helped get the new cable, get the structure in place, and anything that we could do to help support them get it up and running. [Timestamp: 2:42]

And where is all the lighting control located in there?
They got a new Jands Vista L5 that’s currently running everything, house lights and all the theatrical. [Timestamp: 2:52]

So if they’ve only got two full-time guys to handle all of that I guess they augment them with volunteers from the congregation.
It’s just the two guys, so they’re definitely augmenting with volunteers. They have teams that rotate in on both audio/video and lighting. [Timestamp: 3:06]

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