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Fast-track Worship Install, Part 2

Jan 17, 2013 10:02 AM, With Bennett Liles

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The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd brought in JC Productions in Reno, Nev., to set up a complete sound and video system for its new 500-seat sanctuary. Scott Schmidt and Todd Rold are back to wrap up their talk about the project, coming up next on the SVC Podcast.

SVC: Scott Schmidt and Todd Rold from JC Productions in Reno and the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. We were talking in part one about installing the PreSonus mixer, running the lines, and setting up the musicians to mix their own monitoring on the live music part of the services. Now the church tech people wanted remote mixing capability. How did you set that up?

Todd Rold: Yeah, they absolutely did. That was part of the features that they requested and because we went with the PreSonus, it has the capability that you can mix with an iPad and … comes with all of the software that you need to set that up. We added a Mac Mini through FireWire that the console talks to and loaded all the software. [Now] they’re capable of walking around with an iPad and making adjustments. [Timestamps: 1:36]

I guess that would help when you don’t have major control over the acoustic environment and you can walk around the room and hear it from whatever spot you need to—a big advantage.

Rold: Yeah, they were real happy with that capability. The FOH sound booth is actually raised up a couple steps from where everybody else is, so it’s nice for them to be able to go down and walk the room and be at the level with everybody else and listen to what’s going on. [Timestamp: 1:59]

Depending on the design of the place, it can really sound different between when you have an empty room, like when you’re just doing rehearsals and when the place is full of people during the actual service. Is there a big difference between the sound of an empty house and a full house in that church?

Rold: In this one, no, actually. It’s actually a really nice room and considering that they didn’t want to do anything about the acoustics, that they wanted to keep it as open as possible. The room has a nice light natural reverb to it that really suits well for vocals, for like a cappellas. So for the singing that they do it works out really well and there isn’t a huge adjustment. The only big adjustment for anybody running sound is there is, is once it fills up with people you turn the system up a little more than you would when it was empty, but the room essentially sounds the same. It actually came out really nice. [Timestamp: 2:46]

A lot of human bodies in there soaking up the sound.


Did they have any particular concerns over, say, the architecture or the appearance of the gear when you started talking to them about this?

Rold: I don’t think there’s any parallel wall, so that helped us and then one of the walls the architect actually pitched it at about five degrees and then the ceiling is vaulted as well, so he did a really good job at taking away as many parallel walls as possible. [Timestamp: 3:10]

OK and they record the services, so how does the recording system work and how do they use the recordings?

Rold: From the PreSonus; it comes with software. The Presonus is tied with a Mac Mini so that we have the capture software in there and through the FireWire they can multi-track everything that they’re doing through every service, which was very easy actually. I’ve dealt with a lot of platforms and the set up of this took almost no time and was really easy to teach their people how to use it. I mean you essentially, in the software, hit record and it goes. [Timestamp: 3:39]

What do they do with the recordings? Do they put those on CD or something for the members who couldn’t make it to the service that week?

Scott Schmidt: Yeah, it’s available. I’m not sure if they have it on the website, but it’s available if people wanted to have a CD. [Timestamp: 3:51]

Yeah a lot of the churches that have the traditional and contemporary services may have some of the older members who can’t always get to the church and younger members who just may want to have a recording of the band to listen to.

Rold: Yeah, well, the bonus of the way that this is set up is that it’s really easy for their engineer to mix the tracks back through the console via the FireWire to two track, and he can actually edit and grab out anything that he wants very quickly and burn it to disc or do whatever he needs to do. [Timestamp: 4:20]

That’s a great advantage.

Rold: It was really handy.

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