First Redeemer Church Cleans Up Its Sound
Jeff Baggett came to First Redeemer Church, in Cumming, Georgia in 2010 as their director of audio after a long career as a music-mastering engineer in a Nashville suburb. What he found was a kind of techno-archeology: remnants of different hands cobbling together the sound systems in the sanctuary, gym and ballroom areas of the campus, a pastiche of pieces of equipment that were popular at one time or another and reflected the taste of whomever was in charge of the sound at a given time. See how he went from
4 Churches Shine Their Light With Massive A/V/L Installs
Two thousands years ago messages where shared via mountaintop. Fast forward to the advent of electricity and computers, churches look to A/V/L systems to spread the word. Whether houses of worship are setting the ambiance for Christmas or Easter, or preparing for a regular Sunday gathering, speech intelligibility and a unique visual experience breeds an engaging service and aids in bringing about a more effective presentation of the church's message.
Community Introduces the DP8 Pendant Loudspeaker to its Distributed Design Series
Community Professional Loudspeakers has expanded its Distributed Design Series of ceiling, surface mount and pendant loudspeakers with the new DP8 Pendant. Available in paintable white or black, the DP8 is a high-performance, 8-inch coaxial loudspeaker that provides highly-intelligible voice and musical sound quality for restaurants, lounges, hotels, ballrooms, meeting rooms, retail and commercial establishments, and casinos, hotels and convention centers. With its weather-resistant enclosure, grille and components, the DP8 may also be used outdoors in covered locations.
Trial by Sound: Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church Demos Loudspeakers With an Audio Shoot Out
The notion of the technology shoot-out is deeply ingrained in audio culture. Retailers routinely set up rows of microphones or monitor speakers and let guests/customers/audiophiles compare one to one. But the idea of the shoot-out really has its limits tested when it’s applied to PA systems. When you need to truck multiple complex systems in, set them up and fire them up, you’ll need more than an afternoon and some onion dip to make that work.
TechDecisions Guide to 25 Smart Speaker Systems
Smart speakers arose when loudspeakers, amplifiers, signal processors were all combined to make systems. They are designed to control and manage the technology to increase the speaker's performance.
Pro Audio Helpline: The Best Sites for Gear and Installation Tips
In the Information Age, knowledge is everything. But where do you find everything you need to know? It turns out there’s plenty of knowledge out there for the taking, from a plethora of online pro audio and musical instrument sources that may not get you a sheepskin in the subjects but do offer a vast array of useful information on tap 24/7 that house of worship audio systems professionals and volunteers alike will find useful. Here are some of the best.
Epikos Church Rejuvenates a Theatrical Gem
Following an extensive $2 million renovation that spared it from the wrecking ball, the theater has now been given a new lease on life as the West campus to Milwaukee’s expanding Epikos church. Originally built in 1929, the landmark 1,100-seat theater located at the city’s bustling Six Points intersection of Greenfield and National Avenues has served as a performing arts theater, a hub for local vaudeville, a cinema house and a worship facility for other church groups. However, in recent years the Paradise had become vacant, falling into such disrepair that the city’s building inspectors declared that it must either be repaired or demolished.
Eight Years Later: One Louisiana Church’s A/V Still Deals with Hurricane Katrina
Eight years later, much of that physical infrastructure has been reallocated, with offices and Sunday school moved to different parts of the H-shaped main building and the church itself moved back into its original location inside the structure. But the actual rebuilding is still underway, slowly, hampered by lack of funds and seemingly endless bureaucratic speed bumps. After Hurricane Sandy hit the U.S. east coast, Butch Levy, the multimedia coordinator for the First United, says his experience with Katrina could serve as a guide for other churches that may someday find themselves in the path of a major natural disaster.
VUE Audiotechnik Announces New al-8 Compact Line Array System
Shipping this fall, the al-8 joins the al-4 Subcompact Line Array System, making the al-8 the second in VUE’s al-Class. The al-8 features beryllium compression drivers, Kevlar/Neodynium transducers, onboard networking and full compatibility with VUEPoint beam-steering technology.
A/V/L Expert Shares Tips for Training Volunteer Staff
"The general level of competency is still fairly low across the country, and has not changed much, at least not in terms of actual hands-on knowledge. Folks certainly are more aware of new products and changes in audio, for example, the difference between digital versus analog consoles, but why a certain piece of audio equipment may be better or worse for their particular church and how to best use that equipment is still a challenge. You have to remember that over 90 percent of sound techs are volunteers who work at other jobs during the week." Says Hector La Torre of HOW-TO Workshops
St. Augustine Church Brings Speech Intelligibility to the 19th Century
St. Augustine Church can trace its roots back to the 19th Century, and with such a historic precedent comes speech intelligibility problems. With help from Community speakers, a dSPEC processor and the understanding AV install group Stage Right Productions, the historic church was able to minimize intelligibility and reverberation ailments without compromising the quintessential atmosphere of the house of worship.
Audio Highlights from InfoComm 2013: Notes from the Show Floor
A three-day journey through the audio world at InfoComm 2013. Here are some notes on the most interesting audio products on the floor. Check out news from Atlas Sound, Harman, Innovox, DPA Microphones and more. This article will be updated throughout the show.