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Jan 3, 2013 11:08 AM, With Bennett Liles

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Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd had a brand-new 500-seat sanctuary and they called JC Productions in Reno, Nev., to outfit it with a new sound and video system. Owner Scott Schmidt and Lead Technician Todd Rold are going to outline the project, coming right up on the SVC Podcast.

SVC: Scott Schmidt and Todd Rold, thanks for being with us on the SVC Podcast from JC Productions in Reno, Nev., and we’re going to be talking about a church install that you did at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, but before we get to that how about telling us about JC Productions in Reno. What kind of an outfit do you have there?

Scott Schmidt: We’re a integration company in Reno, licensed in Nevada and California. [We] started in the HOW market about 11 years ago and we’ve done lots of other public works, corporate AV, live events, but a lot of our focus has been on the HOW for the last 10 years. [Timestamp: 1:25]

OK and that’s a very big market with no shortage of competition. Probably lots of people they could have called in and in church AV it’s always interesting because of the all the different styles of worship and types of architecture you run into. So describe the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. What sort of a place is that and what kind of worship style do they have there?

Schmidt: They have three services on Sundays. Their early morning service is what they call congregational singing, so they either have a pianist or an organist. The second service is more of their contemporary style service. They have a band, which includes a drummer, couple of guitar players, bass player, and a keyboard player—keyboard bass. Yeah they don’t have a bass player quite yet. [Timestamp: 2:09]

And you’ve got to make it sound right for both the traditional service and be able to have the system accommodate the more contemporary live music service with a rock band and make both of those work in the same acoustic environment.

Todd Rold: That’s, yeah, traditional and contemporary—both.

How are the acoustics in the church? Is there any sort of acoustic treatment in the sanctuary? What was it like working with the existing acoustics?

Schmidt: This was actually an add on to their existing facility and so it’s a new building and we asked the architect in the beginning about doing acoustic modeling, which we normally do in our EASE modeling software. But he knew that the customer, which is the church, wanted a somewhat lively sounding room and they knew from the beginning they weren’t going to do any acoustical treatment. [Timestamp: 2:54]

Well, at least there is some advantage in getting in at the construction stage and knowing for sure where everything is and that it’s all been done right. Did you come in after the building was finished and start from there?

Schmidt: Actually we were part of the original engineering team so we were involved with architects, the structural engineers—everybody that was on the original design build team. [Timestamp: 3:13]

Alright, so you knew where everything was and how it was wired so you didn’t have to retrofit anything.

Schmidt: We specified our own electrical needs on our blueprints and then we submitted all that to the electrical engineer for approval. [Timestamp: 3:25]

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