Taking a Church from a Temporary Setup to a Permanent Install, Part 2

First Church of the Nazarene in Marion, Ohio set up in a gymnasium for a year while their new sanctuary was being built next door. Now they’re in the new place and using much of the same AV gear. 3/21/2013 7:50 AM Eastern

Taking a Church from a Temporary Setup to a Permanent Install, Part 2

Mar 21, 2013 11:50 AM, With Bennett Liles

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First Church of the Nazarene in Marion, Ohio set up in a gymnasium for a year while their new sanctuary was being built next door. Now they’re in the new place and using much of the same AV gear, outfitted by Elite Multimedia of Memphis, Tenn. Wade Russell is here to give us the story on how they handled acoustics, sound, and video, up next on the SVC Podcast.

Wade Russell, with Elite Multimedia in Memphis, Tenn. Thanks for being back for part two and the First Church of the Nazarene in Marion, Ohio. Big job you did for them there. You had to move them out and into a gymnasium for a whole year while their new sanctuary was being built. In part one we talked about the temporary system you had set up in the gym, pretty much mobile, to make room for other events. Then you outfitted the whole new facility once it was finished. Now did you do anything in the way of acoustic treatment for the new worship center there?

Yes. We were able to design the acoustics for the new worship center using Purdue Acoustics panels, and we designed the layout and did the install for that and it really turned out to be a great sounding room. We used 1in. and 2in. absorption panels and they’re throughout the whole room, really. And it’s kind of a fan-shaped room and that means with the balcony on the sides, kind of gallery seating and then the main floor as well there. [Timestamp: 1:47]

I would think that after having services in a gymnasium for a year, they were really impressed with the acoustics in the new place.

Yeah, it was definitely a huge change going from a gym to a designed and well-thought-out building and install that had many, many planning meetings and a bunch of different implementation thought of to be able to achieve the acoustics that we wanted in that facility. And so it was a huge, huge difference for them. I mean we heard lots of good comments, definitely, the first Sunday that they were in there. [Timestamp: 2:22]

And this was all new construction. The whole building was brand new. Yes, sir. They built the facility on their grounds at which they actually had their old worship center on. They had to take that worship center down and then build where it used to be. And so they built that from scratch—just built it up—and we were fortunate enough to be involved early in the game and be able to make notes onto the drawings and communicate with contractors and architects and the builder and all that fun stuff. So it was a good project to be involved in the early stage. [Timestamp: 2:58]

A huge advantage being able to get in on the planning and the construction. So you got them moved into the new facility. Tell me about the sound system you put in for them there.

We utilized Electro-Voice to cover all of the main auditorium. We put in two dual 18in. subwoofers. All the Electro-Voice speakers are powered with EV CPS amps under the control of NetMax DSP. It really turned out to be a good solution and very pleased with the versatility of the system. It’s got plenty of gas behind it as well as the quality is there, and the client is very, very pleased with how it sounds. So Electro-Voice really came through on this project for us. [Timestamp: 3:40]

Taking a Church from a Temporary Setup to a Permanent Install, Part 2

Mar 21, 2013 11:50 AM, With Bennett Liles

Not only having Electro-Voice gear but having it in a permanent installation not having to set it up and take it down every Sunday. Obviously that’s going to make the whole system more reliable. And since you got in on the ground floor with the construction, where are the amps located and what sort of speaker cable run did you have to deal with on that?

All the speakers are passive, and the speakers are wired up back to the amp rack, which is located just behind the stage in, you know, kind of a utility amp room/closet. And cable run is about 80ft. to 100ft. through conduit runs, depending on the speaker location, obviously, but everything is centrally located in that amp rack. [Timestamp: 4:19]

And I know that one system that’s always very popular with church musicians is the Aviom. So how does that interface with the main house sound? How do you feed that?

Well we utilize the Aviom card for the Avid SC48, and just ran Cat-5 from the front-of-house console all the way back to the amp rack, which feeds the Aviom input module. And so all 16 inputs can be routed from the front-of-house console for ease of versatility and really turned out to be a good solution and it sounds great. [Timestamp: 4:54]

And very popular with the sound people in that it takes a huge load off of the stage monitoring job.

Yes, definitely. The band always loves to have kind of their own mix to be able to customize, you know, what they want to hear and so it really allows good functionality for each individual musician to be able to kind of preset their different configurations. [Timestamp: 5:17]

And I guess they’ve got some wireless mics in there. What sort of wireless mic system did you install for their services?

We put in the Sennheiser wireless microphones and we did four handheld microphones for now. With what their budget was, that’s kind of where we landed for the first kind of phase. They plan on expanding that a little bit later as they have the need and the budget to do so. So the infrastructure from the means of cabling is already there for expansion, and then we do have a couple of lapel headsets, you know, headset microphones, for the pastor. And all of those wireless are Sennheiser wireless. [Timestamp: 5:54]

That’s great when you can get the pastors to wear those and it gives the sound people a lot easier job in avoiding feedback situations. And on the receiving end, you’ve got the antennas. Are those individual receivers and antennas or did you put in an antenna distribution setup?

We do have an antenna distribution. We set up the wireless receivers in the amp rack and then set those up on a network to where they can view kind of the status and reports over the network. And so antenna distribution was set up with the paddle antennas out at front-of-house location, and it worked out as a good solution because it kind of cleans up front-of-house yet allows them to still kind of monitor what’s going on with the wireless channels. [Timestamp: 6:39]

What’s involved in the lighting system in there? The lighting system was probably pretty simple when you had everybody in the gym, so what did you set up for them in the permanent worship center?

The lighting in the new facility is basically six bars of lighting with Leviton dimming on them. And we also used some LED cans to do some washes. We moved some of the lights from the gym that they had already been using and some from their previous system into the new facility just to kind of save money and utilize what they already had. And so there’s a variety of cans and lekos, and then the LED fixtures just create some color wash on stage. And we moved the Jands M1 from the gym over to the worship center, so that was good in the fact that the volunteers were already used to controlling and programming the M1 on a weekly basis, and so when they made the move it was much easier to make that transition. [Timestamp: 7:44]

Yeah, already being familiar with the equipment and then having it all in that new place with so much better acoustics I’m sure they were having a great time with all that. Did you also put in a projection system there?

Yeah. The projection system was a little bit more elaborate than I think the typical church is. We installed three Eiki projectors, and what we wanted to accomplish with that is to do kind of a triple-wide screen. And so we’re running a resolution of 3,840 by 720 on the main screens and utilizing ProPresenter’s multiscreen application to be able to display all the text and graphics across those three screens. With that, there’s the customization to, you know, just have it on two screens and kind of black out the middle one. So we made the middle screen electric so it can go up and kind of reveal the baptistery that’s behind it when they have that during their services. And the ProPresenter module really worked out as a great solution because you can create different templates for each kind of look that you want for the multi-view, and it really turned out to be a great-looking video system that we’re very pleased with. [Timestamp: 9:00]

I know they were glad to get in there. Now on the source end of the video, how does the camera control work? Have they got recording capability and everything?

Yeah. We took the cameras that were previously purchased for the gym for recording, moved them into the new worship center, but then also added a Panasonic PTZ camera mounted to the face of the balcony. So they control that over a computer network to just change the angle, zoom, and be able to control that. And everything is done through the BlackMagic switcher, and that was moved over again from the gym. So most of the major components with this job was purchased in the, you know, kind of phase one of the gym and then we utilized those into the new facility. And so that made it a very easy move, again, just for the volunteers to be familiar with how things operate. It’s just learning kind of the new setup and not the new interface. [Timestamp: 10:00]

Especially on the first few services in the new place, that really came in handy with not having a bunch of first-time glitches going on. So you got this one done nicely for the First Church of the Nazarene. What’s coming up for Elite Multimedia? Have you got some projects you can tell us about?

You know, we’re always staying busy. Just this week we launched the Luke Bryan Dirt Road Diaries Tour for our production warehouse. And you know, doing a little bit of work in Trussville, Ala. We have some projects coming up in Houston. We always have some local stuff here in Memphis, and just kind of trucking along as people contact us and visit our website and look forward to see what the year kind of brings us. But definitely staying busy right now, but we’re excited to see the growth this year. [Timestamp: 10:47]

Great way to be. Well, your client is out of the gym and into the new church with all their live music. Wade Russell from Elite Multimedia in Memphis, Tenn. Enjoyed having you back on the SVC Podcast and keep in touch.

Thank you. Appreciate it.

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