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Worship Install From the Ground Up, Part 2

Feb 25, 2014 10:27 AM, With Bennett Liles | Posted by Jessaca Gutierrez

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And one of the more important sound sources is going to be the pastor and there are definitely some differing philosophies on miking the pastor. How did you handle it? Did you go with lapel mics or did you manage to talk them into a head-worn system?

You know, there’s a lot of different theories on a speaking microphone. We went with a Sennheiser wireless system and then actually we have a couple of different microphones for those systems. I believe we have a couple of lapels, the MKII 2’s and the MK 102’s I believe, but then we also have, I believe, a Countryman over-the-ear jawline mic, and I believe the pastor is using the jawline for a majority of speaking but a lot of leaders give us a little flexibility for guest speakers or other individuals who may not be comfortable or may not sound very good on the jawline mic. [Timestamp: 4:08]

Well, that was a lot going on and a big project with the construction delays that we talked about before. How long did the whole project take from what they were doing before to the new building and being ready to go with all of the new sound, video and lighting?

Boy, that’s a great question. I want to say that they were thinking about 18 months for the building process. A lot of that, of course, was site preparation and building preparation and process as well. I tried to work with the electrician and the architect ahead of time to have, for instance, conduit placed in the correct locations so that when we go to fly the speakers, the arrays, things like that, all we have to do is pull a line, which makes my job a lot easier. The actual audio-video installation component probably was spread out over the better part of about two months or so directly. [Timestamp: 5:00]

Well, that’s not bad at all. A fairly long process instead of a quick rush job where you have to get it done and get out fast.

There was a lot of late nights.

And Northern Sound and Light provided a lot of the gear. You’ve worked with them on a number of things before.

Actually, Bennett, I’ve worked with Northern Sound on quite a few projects. They did provide a good majority of the gear. The Renkus-Heinz boxes were actually provided by a company out of California; Laservision World was the company. We went with them because at the time they were helping us do some design work and just getting some ideas, and basically we pre-ordered the boxes before we even had a building, to be truthful, so that was one of those kind of interesting arrangements – ‘I hope this works’ – and in hindsight it turned out really well. I’m very pleased with it. And most of the lighting came from Northern Sound and Lighting, and then a lot of our video equipment itself came from Full Compass. They provided the projection systems and video distribution systems that we had installed. [Timestamp: 6:06]

And at South Ridge Church they have a lot of volunteers on the tech crew as most churches do. Did you have to train a lot of people on the new gear or did they just pick it up and run with it from the beginning?

The volunteers that they have are fantastic. We did work with them for an extended period of time. My discussions prior with the South Ridge staff was that basically once the system was installed and they were ready to move, I would kind of run the sound for a month or so until I was comfortable with the system. We kind of tweaked it and made sure that we got most or some of the bugs worked out, and if there were problems that way, putting the new volunteer into a new room with a new PA commissioned for the first time just doesn’t sound like a good plan. So I definitely wanted them involved though, and they wanted to be involved, so it was really helpful to have them side-by-side asking the questions, trying to understand exactly what was going on, the ins and outs of the PA, and within a couple of weeks they were up and running and mixing themselves as well. I actually pulled resources as well from another church to help me out with lighting and programming all the lights. With the volunteer staff – I should say the volunteers and staff that they have down there – it was really a great experience all the way around. [Timestamp: 7:26]

It’s great to see it when they’ve got it down enough to sort of make it their own thing and start having fun with what they can do after you’ve gotten them started. So have you got any other church projects going right now?

I don’t necessarily have any church projects right now. I’m in the design stages of possibly building a studio for myself, so I’m starting to research all the necessary groundwork for that, if that t comes to fruition for the next year or so. [Timestamp: 7:53]

Alright. That’s great. You’ve got yourself as your own client on this one.

I just wish I wasn’t so picky.

Well, you’ll need to have a meeting with yourself and talk about that.

The problem only comes in when I keep asking for more money.

At least you can tweak it any way you want it once it’s done.

Yeah, I’m looking forward to it.

Kevin, thanks for giving us the details on the South Ridge Church project and how you got them going with new construction and a whole new sound system. I appreciate that and it was great hearing about it.

Great. Well thanks, Bennett. I appreciate it as well.

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