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Upgrading Improperly Installed Audio at St. Nicholas, Part 2

Nov 2, 2011 2:59 PM, with Bennett Liles

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And if they were to upgrade their sound technology at the church, you’ve actually got some option bays on the back of that, don’t you?

Yes sir.

For AES/EBU and networking upgrades so you don’t have to replace it with something else, you can just add some new interfaces into the rear bays.


Were there any power issues there? You had a fairly antiquated sound system so what was the power situation when you got into that old building and maybe not being completely free to re-do any electrical things?

I think through the years—we didn’t really find any issues with the system. We did do a brief power check—we did check the grounding and everything looked good. The good thing is with these newer systems they don’t require near the amperage draw that the older amplifiers and things did so we’re running everything on a much, much smaller scale of amperage ratio so we did not see anything there that would cause a problem and I’m thinking that somewhere through the years it’s probably gone through an upgrade. It definitely appeared that to us. [Timestamp: 6:38]

When you got all of this installed and it was ready to fire up and be operated by the actual users, what was the run-through with the pastor like? What was their reaction when they first tried it out?

We set it up so that on Thursday evening which was the last day that we did the system—got everything up and running. We did a mock service on Thursday night—basically a dry run of everything that would happen just like it would on Sunday morning including the choir and the chanters and we even had a few people in the audience just to give it a more real feel. But most of the major adjustments were done on that Thursday evening and then Sunday morning we did sit through a service with a laptop and actually make the final adjustments on Sunday morning because they were very small adjustments—this could be done without any distractions to the service at all. [Timestamp: 7:38]

And of course, the real proof is with the congregation. What was their reaction?

Oh they loved it. Everyone told Father how nice the sound was and one man came up and it was really interesting you would of thought that—we kind of chuckled because I said I couldn’t have paid this guy to show up and say the right things at that time—he walked up and he said that this was the first time that he was able to clearly hear and understand Father Michaels and of course Father Michaels hasn’t been there for this whole time, but he’d been attending this church for 30 years and he told Father Michaels that it was the first time that he’s been able to clearly hear and understand everything that was being said and the first thing that came to my mind was, "man, that’s dedication." [Timestamp: 8:19]

Yeah, you can’t get any better than that as far as the feedback from the crowd there. You were obviously limited in what you could do with the church being on the National Register of Historic Places but if you had been free to get in there and do anything you wanted, is there anything else you would have done?

Well, I think we would have stayed on the same track but I would have loved to have been able to do some treatments on the walls with some acoustical absorbing type panels. This would have greatly reduced the reverberation time in a room and just further enhanced the overall quality of the sound. [Timestamp: 8:49]

And that’s fairly labor intensive, too. It would have certainly added to the timeframe of it. So what other projects has CSI got in the works right now what have you been doing lately?

Yeah well over this past year we’ve completed over two dozen projects throughout Florida. Some of the more recent are Rivers of Life Christian Center in Riverview, Fla.; Fishhawks Fellowship Center down in Lithia; Salvation Army over in Clearwater; Grace Bible Church in Sebring; we did Sacred Heart Community Center right here in our hometown of Valrico; the High Park United Methodist Church in Tampa; St. Lucas Missionary Baptist Church in Plant City, and Mt. Zion Assembly of God in Plant City and we have actually three in design right now and we’re starting to reach out there. We have Faith Church of Brooksville and then two of them that are out of state, High Point Church of Thompson, Conn. and Lifepark Church of Charleston, S. C. [Timestamp: 9:51]

Sounds like CSI has a whole lot going on. I really thank you for taking time to tell us about this one and because nothing fascinates me more than these projects where you can’t just tear into it and do anything you want but you’ve to be more creative and with the newer technology it can enable you to do that. Thanks for telling us about it.

We thank you also. It’s become a great tool for us to take a product that was originally designed in Europe for train stations and bus stations that had a huge, huge reverberant large, typical unintelligible area to deal with and because of technology and dealing with light safety issues and things like that that we have been able to take that technology and bring it into the HOW market to solve a lot of these problems that years ago were very, very difficult and almost impossible to solve. [Timestamp: 10:46]

Alright, it’s Paul Garner with Christian Sound Installations in Valrico, Fla. and the new sound system at St. Nicholas Church in Tarpon Springs. Thanks for being here, Paul.

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