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NewTek in the Worship Space, Part 1

Aug 1, 2013 11:58 AM, With Bennett Liles

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With a big congregation, the Community of Christ Church in Independence, Mo., also plays host to local graduations and many other events. The tech crew has to be ready for anything, and they have a long history of using NewTek video gear. Bob Haworth is going to give us the details on how the church does sound and video, coming right up on the SVC Podcast.

SVC: Bob, thanks for being with us on the SVC Podcast from the Community of Christ Church in Independence, Mo. You’ve got some NewTek video switching gear out there. Tell me about Community of Christ Church. What sort of worship style do they have there?

Bob Haworth: We have a number of different worship styles. We’re an international church of about 250,000 members.

I did see one picture on your website and it looks like a pretty big place. How big a congregation do you usually get in there on a normal Sunday?

On a normal Sunday, our denomination meets in local congregations, so we don’t really use the facility on Sundays unless we have a special visit by a congregation that wants to use the worship spaces. Our campus is really two large buildings; the auditorium, which is the older of the two, was built in 1926—was started—and over several decades it was completed and the pictures that you saw on the Web were basically how the room has stood since about 1958, 1960. [Timestamp: 1:50]

Well, it looks like fairly modern architecture. I don’t know how many acoustic challenges that may pose for you. How is your sound system set up? Do you have separate control over front of house and stage monitoring or do you do it all from one location and mixer?

We do everything sound system-wise from one location normally. Because it is a large facility—we have 5,700 seats—we do a number of different types of programs and services. We use the facility more as a public use facility for the local area. We’ve just finished our graduation season with 17 college, university, and high school graduations. [Timestamp: 2:31]

Ok, that makes things interesting because you may have a lot of different people operating the equipment then or do you have your own tech crew?

I have a staff that ranges up to about 24 people depending on what we’re doing and what time of year we’re doing it. Our average crew is about 12 to 14. [Timestamp: 2:49]

What type of mixer do you use at the front of house? It sounds to me as though it has to be able to handle a lot of different setups.

We’re using Yamaha M7-48 with EtherSound stage boxes, and then the other facility we’re also using an M7 in the house mix position on that location. All together we have two LS9-16’s, an LS9-32 that we use for monitor mix when we need to. We also do an M7 for our studio board as well and all of those locations are connected with EtherSound. [Timestamp: 3:27]

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