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A New Sound System for New Contemporary Church, Part 2

Sep 20, 2012 12:17 PM, With Bennett Liles

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It’s always a luxury to get in on a brand new church with a completely fresh AV installation and when Elite Multimedia of Memphis, Tenn., was called in to set up new sound for Piperton’s Living Hope Church they built it all around a Midas Pro2C digital mixer. Wade Russell is back to tell us about the Shure wireless mics and the d&b Audioteknik gear they used on the job, coming up next on the SVC Podcast.

SVC: Wade, thanks for being back with us for the SVC Podcast on the new sound system installation at the Living Hope Church in Piperton, Tenn. The sound system that you installed and worked with Tim Johnson, the AV tech guy at the church. How big is the band at that church? I know it’s a contemporary worship style so they’ve got lots of live music.

Wade Russell: Yeah, their band basically is led by David Lewis. He’s the worship pastor out there. He does a great job. [It’s] basically contemporary band; they have drummer, percussion, bass player, acoustic guitar, a couple of electrics, and a couple of keyboards and then a couple of background vocals. So [it’s a] reasonably small worship band, but high quality and good sounding contemporary music. So it’s fun. [Timestamp: 1:29]

And that’s a lot to handle. That may not sound like a huge band, but that can be a handful with volunteers doing everything. The digital board helps a lot on that. So what do they do there for stage monitoring for all those live performers?

They started off as a portable church and obviously had some preexisting equipment with that. And they had the Aviom system, and the Aviom personal mixers are a good solution for a lot of the band, and so we integrated their system to work with that. So most of their band members have Aviom, but then their background vocals and their worship pastor, they’re on a Sennheiser in-ear monitor solution and basically just get their feed from that Pro2 at FOH. So there are four monitor mixes that go out from there and also all the direct outs or mix outs are controlled through the Aviom system, but they’re all on in ears and there’s no wedges on stage; [that] helps control the volume on stage, which is always a good thing. [Timestamp: 2:26]

Yeah, in-ear monitors are great for avoiding stage clutter and everything, but there also may be a little getting used to it on the part of the performers not having all that ambient atmosphere in their ears all the time. But as far as the pictures, what did they want to do with video upgrades?

They actually were trying to save some money and so they kind of asked us some questions with video stuff and we consulted with them a little bit but they actually decided to do their video stuff on their own. They installed a Christie projector and a screen, and it works great for what they needed. They’re not doing any type of camera set up right now. It’s pretty straight forward, just ProPresenter and lyrics on the screen. [Timestamp: 3:05]

OK so where’s the control point for the video and lighting? Is that all in the same place?

Yeah, everything’s centrally located in a FOH booth, which is just off center of the room before the seats go into a stadium kind of configuration, and the lighting and video and audio is all in that one booth. [Timestamp: 3:24]

Well, that sure helps when you’re short on manpower and you may have somebody doing a one-man-band kind of thing on the tech side. I noticed you had some d&b Audiotecknik gear included in this. What type of their stuff did you put in there?

You know, the d&b we provided [was] the solution designed upon the T10 box, which is their line array box. So we used T10 line arrays, left and right, and then we also used the E12 as a center fill. We have some front fills going around as well as several subs around the bottom, and we used the D12s and the D6s for amplification. So used a lot of d&b products and had great results. Everything’s ran at 96k all the way to the amps, so it’s a great sounding system and we’ve been very pleased and impressed with their speakers. [Timestamps: 4:11]

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