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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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Well, so far you’ve made it sound like this one was almost too easy. So was there any really tough task in the project or what was the biggest challenge in it?
You know, honestly, it was a pretty fluid project. They were a great church to work with, and I would say the toughest thing was probably just the overall installation of it. With any installation of this size it takes some time and you know there’s always little things here and there—used conduit pulls and wiring and rigging and stuff that just takes some time and ingenuity and designing’s you gotta get through, and it was a pretty smooth system though. It was a fun project to be a part of. [Timestamp: 4:49]

And I’m sure they had things going on while the sound system installation was happening. I guess they didn’t have services and things like that going on in there yet though.

Fortunately this was actually a new build, so they didn’t have anything opened. We worked as the contractors worked. I mean if anything we were dodging carpet installation and other contractors to finish up the building project and we all finished at the same time and they had an opening service. So we didn’t have to dodge any type of special events or anything church schedule, I guess, but there’s always those constant scheduling between our contractors and the builder that our project manager Clayton Chaney takes care of and does a great job at. [Timestamp: 5:29]

Well, that made it a whole lot easier. What type of wireless mics did you put in there for the performers and pastors and so on?

They’re running Shure UHF-R mics with KSM9 heads—a great solution, high quality microphone that is doing the job just fine. They actually had that preexisting from their portable church and they just moved that over to this facility and we just integrated that with the new install. [Timestamp: 5:52]

And I guess you have some centrally located receivers and antennas for that?

Yes, the receivers were installed at FOH and able to be monitored from FOH, and we even hooked up Wireless Workbench and stuff, and then we have the antenna distribution as well. [Timestamp: 6:10]

So how long did it take you to do all of this?

You know it kind of came in two parts. The first part was just the wiring and rigging before all the finished work of the building went up and I would say wiring—pulling all the wires for the building and the rigging—was about four weeks and then part two was just the installation of the rack, the amps, hanging the actual speakers, and then just configuring everything and that was another two weeks; so it was about a six-week process of install. [Timestamp: 6:38]

Well, that’s not bad at all. It sounds like you had enough time to do everything without having to rush through it. So what’s coming up for Elite Multimedia? What have you got in the works?

Right now we’re actually finishing up a church here locally, Life Church of Memphis, their Collierville campus. We’re putting in a audio system there and finishing that up. We have First Baptist Church-Broad in Memphis that we’re finishing up and we have another project around the corner in Ohio. We’re really all over the place. We have several projects going on and we just keep going at it man—keep growing and keep going. [Timestamp: 7:12]

Well, that’s the way to go. You got this one down with no serious problems. It’s Wade Russell from Elite Multimedia in Memphis, Tenn., and the new sound installation for the Living Hope Church. Thanks for telling us about it.

Thank you.

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