WFX Announces 2013 Awards Winners

Innovative new products and facilities for the church market recognized for excellence


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The winners of the 2013 WFX New Product Facility Awards,  Solomon Awards and New Product Technology Awards were announced at the 2013 Worship Facilities Conference & Expo (WFX) in Dallas.

The 2013 WFX Awards are presented by Worship Facilities Magazine, Worship Facilities Designer Magazine and Church Production Magazine and are the leading annual national awards program recognizing innovative new facility products for the church market, church building design and management and innovative new technology products for the church market.

WFX Award  Winners were determined by Church Production Magazine, Worship Facilities Magazine and Worship Facilities Designer Magazine editors, distinguished members of the WFX Advisory Board, and WFX.

WFX Solomon Award Winners

WFX Solomon Awards nominations were open to churches, architects, designers and builders. Finalists and winners were selected based on the quality of information provided. The following is a complete list of the 2013 WFX Solomon Awards winners and their projects.

Best Building Contractor: JOHNSONKREIS Construction; Project: Greystone Campus (Church of the Highlands)

Best Church Architect (1-800 seats): CMA; Project: CrossPoint Church of Christ

Best Church Architect (801+ seats): LIVE Design Group; Project: Arena (Celebration Church)

Best Church Design Expansion: OMNIPLAN; Project: Watermark Kids (Watermark Community Church)

Best Church Design New Project (1-2,000 seats): Messiah College; Project: Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts (Messiah College)

Best Church Design New Project (2,001+ seats): The Beck Group; Project: Worship Center and Campus Expansion (First Baptist Dallas)

Best Church Design Renovation: Shanks Architects; Project: Worship Center (The Hills Church of Christ)

Best Construction Management Expansion: Goff Companies, LLC; Project: Sagemont Church

Best Construction Management New Project: Churches by Daniels Construction; Project: Youth Camp (Assemblies of God)

Best Construction Management Renovation: MEDCO Construction; Project: Rockwall Campus (Lake Pointe Church)

Best Design,Installation and Operation of an Audio, Video and Lighting System: AE Global Media; Project: Christ Lutheran Church

Best Facilities Management: Prestonwood Baptist Church - Operations Team; Project: Prestonwood Baptist Church

Best Special Project or Initiative: 2|42 Community Church; Project: 2|42 Community Church

Best Tech Contractor or Consultant: HFP Acoustical Consultants; Project: Sanctuary Renovation (Prince of Peace Catholic Community)

Best Technical Director: Justin Firesheets; Project: Justin Firesheets (Church of the Highlands)

Best Technical Production: Church of the Highlands; Project: Highlands Production (Church of the Highlands)



 

WFX New Product Technology Award Winners

WFX New Product Technology Awards nominations were open to companies that have developed new technology products for the church market. The following is a complete list of the 2013 WFX New Product Technology Awards winning companies and their products.

AUDIO

Best Amplifier: Crown International, DriveCore Install Series

Best Digital Mixing Console: Behringer, X32

Best In-Ear Monitoring System: Aviom, A360 Personal Mixer

Best Large-Format Loudspeaker: Bose Corporation, Bose RoomMatch Asymmetrical Array Module Loudspeakers

Best Small-Format Loudspeaker: PreSonus Audio Electronics, Eris E8

Best Wireless Microphone System: Shure Incorporated, GLXD16 Wireless System, Featuring a Guitar Pedal Receiver with Integrated Tuner

Best Other Audio Product: Yamaha Corporation of America, MGP32X

Best OVERALL Audio Product: Yamaha Corporation of America, MGP32X

VIDEO

Best Flat-Panel Display: Pro Pixel Products, LED Video Panels

Best Installation Projector: Sony Electronics, VPL-FHZ55 Laser Light Source Projector

Best Portable Projector: Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc., WD390U-EST Projector

Best Presentation Software: Renewed Vision LLC, ProVideoServer

Best Projection Screen: Da-Lite, Da-Lite Design Center Ultra Wide Angle Rear Projection, Lace and Grommet Surface with Curved Series 200 Frame

Best Video Camera/Camcorder: Panasonic, AW-HE60H/S

Best Video Switcher/Scaler/Mixer: Blackmagic Design, ATEM Production Studio 4K

Best Other Video Product: Blackmagic Design, HyperDeck Studio Pro

Best OVERALL Video Product: Renewed Vision LLC, ProVideoServer

LIGHTING

Best Conventional Lighting Console: Jands (A.C. Lighting, Inc., Exclusive Jands North American Distributor), Jands StageCL

Best LED Fixture: CHAUVET Professional, Ovation E-190WW

Best Moving Light: GLP German Light Products Inc, impression X4S

Best OVERALL Lighting Product: Jands (A.C. Lighting, Inc., Exclusive Jands North American Distributor), Jands StageCL

NEW MEDIA

Best Podcasting, Webcasting or Streaming Product: Roland Systems Group, Roland VR-50HD Video Switcher

Best Website Software, Software Tools and Related Online Services: Synapse Development Group - StreamNow.com, StreamNow

Best OVERALL New Media Product: Synapse Development Group - StreamNow.com, StreamNow

 

WFX New Product Facility Award Winners

WFX New Product Facility Awards nominations were open to companies that have developed new facility products for the church market. The following is a complete list of the 2013 WFX New Products Facility Awards winning companies and their products.

Building Material Products, Best Sanctuary/Auditorium Staging Product: Radius Display Products, Pipe & Drape 2.0

Building System Products, Best Architectural Lighting Product/System: Gotham Architectural Lighting from Acuity Brands, Incito, LED downlight

Best Building Automation Product/System: NetworkThermostat, NT-BAC/IP

Best Other Building System Product: Big Fan Company, Haiku Ceiling Fan

GREEN PRODUCTS

Most Innovative Green Product: FSR, T6 FLEX

Best OVERALL New Facility Product: Gotham Architectural Lighting from Acuity Brands, Incito, LED downlight

 

Details on the full WFX awards program can be found at http://www.wfxweb.com/2013/special-events.

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WFX Acquires Worship Facilities Magazine

WFX to expand resources for churches through Worship Facilities Magazine Acquisition


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There is a strong and deep history between WFX and Worship Facilities Magazine, dating back to the launch of Worship Facilities Magazine the first WFX event, back in 2005.  “We’re proud of our history together and enthusiastic about our future, says Jim Wagner, managing director of WFX, LLC.  “By collaborating, Worship Facilities Magazine and WFX have established two important resources for churches.  Taking this next step allows us to further advance the purpose and goals of each and to serve our customers and readers more fully.”

“As the WFX event evolves and grows in scope and scale, it makes perfect sense that the media outlet and the event that share the same name would be operated by the same company,” says Brian Blackmore, president, Production Media, Inc. “The publication and the event were launched nine years ago by separate companies. The intent was always to support each other. So this is a logical next step for the partnership.”

WFX, LLC will continue to operate as a partnership with Production Media, Inc., which publishes Church Production Magazine and Designer Magazine. Church Production Magazine is an educational magazine for churches covering audio, video, lighting and production technologies.  Designer Magazine reaches architects, engineers, consultants, integrators and other specifiers who focus on the house-of-worship market.

About WFX, LLC - www.ehpub.com

WFX, LLC is a media and event company specializing on the needs of churches.  WFX. LLC is owned by EH Publishing, an integrated media company and the leading provider of independent business and consumer content and information serving the custom electronics, information technology, house of worship, pro audio, robotics, and supply chain markets through multimedia publications, websites, newsletters, and expos. EH provides resources to millions of professionals and consumers worldwide.

About Production Media Inc. -  www.pmipub.com 

Production Media, Inc. (PMI) is a print and online publishing company focused on the house-of-worship market. The company publishes Church Production Magazine and Designer Magazine along with a variety of related websites, email newsletters and social media sites. Church Production Magazine, founded in 1999, is an educational publication for churches covering audio, video, lighting and production technologies. Designer Magazine reaches architects, builders, consultants and integrators who focus on designing houses of worship and the systems that go into them.

About WFX - www.wfxweb.com

WFX is the leading conference and tradeshow for church leadership teams seeking solutions to create, manage and operate their church.  WFX is produced with and sponsored by Production Media Incorporated, the publishers of Church Production Magazine, and Designer.                                                                                                          

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508 663-1500 ext. 242

jwagner@ehpub.com

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An Effective Communications Plan For Newer/Smaller Churches


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Want to communicate like a big church but don’t have the time or budget?


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Are you at a new or small church and you want to do a good job with your communications, but don’t know where to start? Want to communicate like a big church but don’t have the time or budget? You’ve come to the right place.

Below is a list of thoughts and resources to get you started. If you’re looking for an exhaustive list of resources, check out the church marketing directory over at the Center for Church Communication.

Philosophy

The first and most important thing is to decide what your communications philosophy is going to be. Are you going to try to communicate everything that happens in the church (all events and ministries), or are you going to be strategic and only communicate the most important things? 

I highly recommend that you read Kem Meyer’s book, Less Clutter. Less Noise before you decide. And take a look at this open letter to pastors as well (be sure to click Roland Gilbert’s link about half way down). Trust me, if you figure this stuff out and write it down, you will be much better off as you grow.

Logo

This is one area where you can’t go cheap. When starting* your branding, you need to find a great designer (I’m available) and pay them to make you a good logo. This could be the most important $500 to $1,000 your church ever spends.

Facebook

Almost everybody in your congregation is already gathering in the virtual space known as Facebook. To be successful in church communications, you need to be there too. If I could only give churches two pieces of advice, this one would be in the top two (the other is to make sure you you have your philosophy figured out – see above): 

Sign up for a Facebook account for yourself and get familiar with how it works, then get a Facebook page for your church. Here are a few things to remember:

—Post to it regularly.I recommend between one and three posts per day. Ultimately you have to figure out your rhythm, but you want to make sure you have a consistent presence. Use Hootsuite to schedule your posts, if necessary.

—Respond to every comment. This one isn’t always easy, but it’s important because it gives a personal touch to a digital format, especially since they can’t see you “hearing” them like they would in a face to face conversation.

—Be conversational. Don’t be preachy. Don’t just make announcements. Have conversations to people

—Listen. Use this opportunity to listen to what is going on in the lives of your people and learn from what they are saying.

—Ask lots of questions. Ask what people are going through. Ask for stories about how God is working. Pick a point from your upcoming message and use the opportunity to get some feedback on it. I feel strongly that you should have more question marks than periods in your posts.

—Everything that you post doesn’t have to be “churchy.” It’s okay to talk about current events (though you might want to avoid politics). For example, West Ridge Church (just outside of Atlanta) posted the following when the Atlanta Falcons lost in the playoffs last year:

Falcons Fans…there will be life counselors ready to pray with you tomorrow at West Ridge.

One last thought about Facebook: A lot of churches who are just starting out in the area of communications have found success in pointing their church’s domain name (a.k.a. as website address) to their Facebook page. While the thought of not having complete control over your website (people can say whatever they want to about you on Facebook) might seem daunting, the idea of not having to maintain two web presences might be really beneficial.

Website

If you do decide to have a separate web presence, I highly recommend using WordPress as a content management system and Church Themer as the design theme for it. WordPress was originally designed to be a blogging platform; however, with the amount of plugins and themes and customizations you can do, it makes a great content management system (my own blog has WordPress as its foundation). 

There is likely someone in your congregation who can get this hosted and set up for you…and if not, you can hire a designer to do it for you for pretty cheap. Once it’s set up, you’re only looking at $7 to $12 (depending on what company you host it with) a month to keep it up and running. Here is a sample site that we built recently using WordPress and Church Themer.

Message Audio

Want to record your messages and put them online? There are a couple of things you’ll need to get it going: a recording device (many of you have this built in to your sound system), a way to “clean up” the audio, a place to host the audio files, and a place to put the links to the hosted audio files so people can get to them.

Recording

If you don’t already have a way to record your audio, I recommend purchasing a Zoom H4N. It is an audio recorder that you can put on your podium (to record over the air) or at your sound booth (to run a mic line out of your sound board). It records to the .mp3 format, which is the format you need to have for uploading.

Cleaning Up The Audio

If you don’t start and/or stop the audio in the right spot, have copyrighted material, record too loudly or to softly, etc., you might need to clean up the audio. There are lots of free programs out there (such as Audacity for Windows or Garage Band for Mac).

Hosting The Audio

If you have a web savvy person in your congregation, or if you use church theme on your wordpress blog, you can host the .mp3 audio files on the web server where your website resides and simply provide a link to it on your website. If you do not have such space available, or don’t know how to go about putting the files there, there are a couple of services dedicated to hosting audio files. This is a good, comprehensive, article on how to get your audio online (with links to hosting providers about half way down).

Chuck Scoggins served as communications director at Calvary Church in St. Peters, MO, where he was responsible for web, print, video,social media, general communication strategy, and serving on the creative service planning team. He is also senior partner at the 374 Design Agency, a creative agency providing design solutions for small(er) organizations. And, he runs Motion Design Media, a division of the 374 Design Agency that designs motion animation videos. Find more insightful articles at chuckscoggins.com, and be sure to check out his book, Getting Started In Church Communications, available for download here.

 

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Larry Osborne: Ministry In A Hyper-Change World

Three keys to breakthrough moments and the counterintuitive reasons why some teams win but most teams don’t.


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In his keynote address at WFX 2013 in Dallas, pastor Larry Osborne discusses that it’s no easy thing to build a team that maintains, focus, perspective and unity when everything moves at the speed of the Internet. Further, he explains the three keys to breakthrough moments as well as the counterintuitive reasons that some teams win and most teams don’t.

 


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Riding The Waves Of Opportunity


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By Marcus Hammond

In eight years of full time tech ministry, I’ve come to realize that things come in waves. You will go through times of drought, and times of plenty – especially when it comes to budgets and working with volunteers. The good news: God will always provide, and grace matters.

Pleasant Valley is located in the north part of Kansas City, MO, and we have a regular weekly attendance of around 4,500 people. We are a fairly large church with a very multigenerational body – people of all ages and backgrounds.

In 2006 we launched TrueLight Productions, a rebranding of the Pleasant Valley tech team intended to unify the team and create a buzz for quality Audio/Visual production. It worked. We saw our numbers grow and quality rose through regular training and fellowship events.

PV TrueLight techies don’t serve anonymously without knowing who sits next to them – they serve together for a purpose – to enhance the worship experience for the people in the seats so God can be glorified.

About two years after the TrueLight launch, we quickly came upon a season of drought in the area of volunteer worship graphics operators. Some volunteers moved away, some felt that they needed to serve in other areas of the church, and some just needed a change of scenery.

We began to realize we didn’t have a problem with training or just filling the seat – we had a problem with helping people find a passion for that particular position. We moved to Pro Presenter and started creating buzz about the new software and how it was much better and more user-friendly than what we had been using.

We started thinking outside the box for people that might want to get involved in a way they never thought about before. We slowly started to see people of all ages and backgrounds come to get involved, and now we have greater depth in the volunteer roster than ever. Buzz matters.

Now, some volunteers are so passionate about quality graphics operation, they’ve held advanced training events for intermediate operators to move them to the next level – on their own. Knowledgeable, quality volunteers training volunteers is a powerful thing.

Also in 2008, in a time of financial drought throughout the US, Pleasant Valley was impacted financially, much like many other churches. We saw some unfortunate staff layoffs, some directly impacting the tech ministry. It was difficult to see through the haze and see how God would provide at that time.

The annual tech budget was slashed, like many other budgets, and we had to find ways to “get more life” out of gear that was past end-of-life already. God provides. I never would have thought that just three years later we would be mixing digital at FOH and making the jump to HD video across our facility.

Annual budgets are back up and there is ample room for vision casting and facilitation without the constant worry of “will there be enough money?”

A financial drought also prepared us for the “what if?” if it ever happened again. We now know what we can live without and what is key. The bottom line – people are key. A great team with old gear can accomplish great things, but a great team with the right gear can accomplish amazing things – and sustain it.

I’ve come to look forward to the waves and be objective when assessing where the team is currently and where we’re heading. A drought of finances or volunteers is just an opportunity to assess where you are and allow God to mix things up where needed. It’s amazing to see how He continues to provide.

Marcus Hammond serves as Media Director for Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO. He’s a graduate of The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences and has a passion for quality audio and a drive for all things tech.

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Glenn Packiam: Ministry In The Digital Age

How can we retain the sacredness of our vocation while inhabiting new “social spaces”?


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We have the ability to be in multiple places at once, to speak to masses at the stroke of a thumb. Yet ministry is about the personal and the local; it takes its cues from the world of sheep and pastures not tweets and bloggers. Is there a way to reconcile these tensions? How can we retain the sacredness of our vocation while inhabiting these new “social spaces”? In his keynote address at WFX 2013, Glenn Packiam and the audience explore these questions together, inviting the Spirit to lead us in the Way.


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A Word To The Wise When Thinking DIY

I’ve seen and heard some really scary things done with a “do it yourself” AV systems approach


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By Gary Zandstra

In today’s economy it’s even more tempting to try to do things for yourself, which is great when you can save a few bucks and get the results you’re seeking.

However, before starting, it’s important to be very certain that you’re fully capable of doing it right - no more so than with church A/V systems.

Often when I’m working with churches (particularly smaller congregations), the issue of installing things themselves comes up. It usually revolves around the church purchasing the equipment (hopefully from me - on occasions churches have taken a design I’ve done and then gone online and purchased all of the equipment to install, and then to top it off they call me and ask for advice when it doesn’t work) and then pulling the cables, hanging the loudspeakers and hooking it all up themselves.

I’m all for having volunteers working alongside a qualified contractor. By doing a project in this fashion, the volunteers not only learn a lot about the system, they also get some real “skin in the game” and thus some ownership.

However, based on a lot of years of experience, I’m not a fan of a church doing an installation without the assistance of a professional. Under this scenario I’ve seen and heard some really scary things.

Recently I was at a venue where the ownership had obviously decided to try and save some money on the design and installation of a sound system. It has two loudspeakers that must have been purchased from the local music store - they were a portable design with handles for lugging them around.

To install these loudspeakers, someone came up with the great (not!) idea of throwing a tow strap over a beam and tying each end of the strap to the handles (see the photo above).

In a way, it’s somewhat amusing, but it’s also disturbing and more than a little frightening, because these speakers are hanging 20 feet above an area that people travel heavily, thus creating a huge safety issue. A qualified contractor would never install anything in a fashion that would resemble these hanging weights ready to fall.

Further, the coverage is awful. The loudspeakers are almost 80 feet apart, and as I walked through the coverage, I also determined that they must have a 40-degree horizontal coverage pattern (as I traveled into coverage, then out of coverage, then back into coverage…).

And the sound coming out of these loudspeakers resembles a total “frown face” EQ setting - harsh midrange and not much else.

So, how can you make a DIY successful rather than something resembling this example?

1) Don’t do any part of an installation that you’re not 100 percent confident that you can do correctly. This seems rather obvious, but a lot of folks do not seem to be able to correctly determine if they are competent enough or not.

2) Pay for and use the advice and instruction from a professional. Don’t just try to pilfer information - be up front with them and ask them to provide you with a price to consult you on the project. Note not all contractors will be willing to help with advice only because they’re not used to doing business this way.

And perhaps more importantly, they may be (rightfully) concerned about the liability issues involved by dispensing advice on how to hand loudspeakers. My suggestion is that any part of an installation that could potentially lead to a safety issue should be left for a professional to do.

3) Select a qualified professional that will act as a partner. Choose a contractor that will work with you in dividing the tasks and responsibilities for the project. For example, the volunteers at a church could pull in all of the cable, with the contractor doing testing and termination.

Saving money and having some ownership in the installation of the system is a good thing, just make sure that you can competently (and safely) perform all of the tasks that you set out to do.

Gary Zandstra is a professional AV systems integrator with Parkway Electric and has been involved with sound at his church for more than 25 years.

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Skye Jethani: Insights On Faith, Flourishing, & The Future Of The Church

How migration towards a post-Christian culture should cause us to reexamine more than church programs


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The evidence is mounting; young adults are leaving the church and the United States is quickly becoming a post-Christian culture. What’s behind these changes and how should we respond? In his keynote address at WFX 2013 in Dallas, Skye Jethani addresses this trend, emphasizing that it will require more than retooling church programs or adjusting outreach styles.


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The Box Of Freedom: Consistency Matters

With no guidelines,we’re left to throw a bunch of stuff against the wall…


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By Mike Sessler

Recently I came across an article on leadership. As a technical leader, I’m always learning, always trying to get better.

There was one quote in this whole article that really stuck out to me. It was about consistency, and how important it is for a leader to be consistent. 

“It’s important that people know you are consistent and fair in how you think about making decisions and that there’s an element of predictability. If a leader is consistent, people on their teams experience tremendous freedom, because then they know that within certain parameters, they can do whatever they want. If your manager is all over the place, you’re never going to know what you can do, and you’re going to experience it as very restrictive.”—Laszlo Bock, Google senior vice president for people operations

Are You Consistent?

Think about that concept for a little bit. If you know what your boss or pastor want from you, there is tremendous freedom to figure out how to do it, what tools to use, and even what the end product looks like. But if he’s all over the place, you never really know what you can do and what you can’t.

Consider how you deal with your tech team. Do you micromanage one lighting programmer but never say anything to another? Or do you sometimes micromanage the lights one week, but not the next? Do the parameters for “success” change week to week?

“I’ll tell you if I don’t like it…”

Or do you (or does your boss) not give any parameters for the result, but simply point out what you don’t like? By the way, that is the worst way to lead creatives. When someone tells me, “I don’t know what I want, but I’ll tell you when I see something I don’t like,” I cringe. If I have the choice, I won’t work with that person.

With no guidelines, the poor creative person simply throws a bunch of stuff against the wall hoping something will stick and that they won’t get scolded too severely if they miss the mark that wasn’t there in the first place. There are few better ways to demotivate creatives.

The Box of Freedom

We implemented a process here at my church called the Freedom Box. We got the key stakeholders together for a meeting and defined some parameters—in this case for lighting.

As a team, including our leadership, we drafted an outline of some things we definitely don’t want (e.g. shining lights in the eyes of the congregation), and set some lighting levels for various parts of the service. The parameters are not good or bad, it’s just what we do or don’t want to see.

But once you get inside of those parameters the guys can do whatever they want. Now that the lighting guys know what not to do, they have a ton of freedom to do what they feel like the moment needs.

Consistency Wins

We no longer have to get on the guys for doing things we don’t like. It’s very consistent because everyone knows the expectations. I have to spend way less time policing them, and they are challenged to come up with different looks and effects within the bounds they are given.

When everyone knows the expectations, the stress level goes way down. We have a lot more fun, and our team gets better results with more longevity.

The principle can be applied across the tech booth; define the parameters, then give the team freedom to do whatever they want inside those parameters. When we lead with consistency, everyone wins.

Mike Sessler has been involved with live production for more than 20 years and is the technical director at Coast Hills Community Church in Aliso Viejo, CA. Read more from Mike at his Church Tech Arts blog.

 

 

 

 

 

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2013 WFX New Product Facility Award Winners

WFX New Product Facility Award winners offer improved products to improve churches


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WFX New Product Facility Award Winners

WFX New Product Facility Awards nominations were open to companies that have developed new facility products for the church market. The following is a complete list of the 2013 WFX New Products Facility Awards winning companies and their products.

Building Material Products, Best Sanctuary/Auditorium Staging Product: Radius Display Products, Pipe & Drape 2.0

Building System Products, Best Architectural Lighting Product/System: Gotham Architectural Lighting from Acuity Brands, Incito, LED downlight

Best Building Automation Product/System: NetworkThermostat, NT-BAC/IP

Best Other Building System Product: Big Fan Company, Haiku Ceiling Fan

GREEN PRODUCTS

Most Innovative Green Product: FSR, T6 FLEX

Best OVERALL New Facility Product: Gotham Architectural Lighting from Acuity Brands, Incito, LED downlight

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2013 WFX New Product Technology Award Winners

WFX New Product Technology Awards winners bring innovation and quality audio, video, lighting and new media products to churches.


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WFX New Product Technology Award Winners

WFX New Product Technology Awards nominations were open to companies that have developed new technology products for the church market. The following is a complete list of the 2013 WFX New Product Technology Awards winning companies and their products.

AUDIO

Best Amplifier: Crown International, DriveCore Install Series

Best Digital Mixing Console: Behringer, X32

Best In-Ear Monitoring System: Aviom, A360 Personal Mixer

Best Large-Format Loudspeaker: Bose Corporation, Bose RoomMatch Asymmetrical Array Module Loudspeakers

Best Small-Format Loudspeaker: PreSonus Audio Electronics, Eris E8

Best Wireless Microphone System: Shure Incorporated, GLXD16 Wireless System, Featuring a Guitar Pedal Receiver with Integrated Tuner

Best Other Audio Product: Yamaha Corporation of America, MGP32X

Best OVERALL Audio Product: Yamaha Corporation of America, MGP32X

VIDEO

Best Flat-Panel Display: Pro Pixel Products, LED Video Panels

Best Installation Projector: Sony Electronics, VPL-FHZ55 Laser Light Source Projector

Best Portable Projector: Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc., WD390U-EST Projector

Best Presentation Software: Renewed Vision LLC, ProVideoServer

Best Projection Screen: Da-Lite, Da-Lite Design Center Ultra Wide Angle Rear Projection, Lace and Grommet Surface with Curved Series 200 Frame

Best Video Camera/Camcorder: Panasonic, AW-HE60H/S

Best Video Switcher/Scaler/Mixer: Blackmagic Design, ATEM Production Studio 4K

Best Other Video Product: Blackmagic Design, HyperDeck Studio Pro

Best OVERALL Video Product: Renewed Vision LLC, ProVideoServer

LIGHTING

Best Conventional Lighting Console: Jands (A.C. Lighting, Inc., Exclusive Jands North American Distributor), Jands StageCL

Best LED Fixture: CHAUVET Professional, Ovation E-190WW

Best Moving Light: GLP German Light Products Inc, impression X4S

Best OVERALL Lighting Product: Jands (A.C. Lighting, Inc., Exclusive Jands North American Distributor), Jands StageCL

NEW MEDIA

Best Podcasting, Webcasting or Streaming Product: Roland Systems Group, Roland VR-50HD Video Switcher

Best Website Software, Software Tools and Related Online Services: Synapse Development Group - StreamNow.com, StreamNow

Best OVERALL New Media Product: Synapse Development Group - StreamNow.com, StreamNow

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2013 WFX Solomon Award Winners

2013 WFX Solomon Award winners reflect innovation in church building design, planning, construction and production


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WFX Solomon Awards nominations were open to churches, architects, designers and builders. Finalists and winners were selected based on the quality of information provided. The following is a complete list of the 2013 WFX Solomon Awards winners and their projects.

Best Building Contractor: JOHNSONKREIS Construction; Project: Greystone Campus (Church of the Highlands)

Best Church Architect (1-800 seats): CMA; Project: CrossPoint Church of Christ

Best Church Architect (801+ seats): LIVE Design Group; Project: Arena (Celebration Church)

Best Church Design Expansion: OMNIPLAN; Project: Watermark Kids (Watermark Community Church)

Best Church Design New Project (1-2,000 seats): Messiah College; Project: Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts (Messiah College)

Best Church Design New Project (2,001+ seats): The Beck Group; Project: Worship Center and Campus Expansion (First Baptist Dallas)

Best Church Design Renovation: Shanks Architects; Project: Worship Center (The Hills Church of Christ)

Best Construction Management Expansion: Goff Companies, LLC; Project: Sagemont Church

Best Construction Management New Project: Churches by Daniels Construction; Project: Youth Camp (Assemblies of God)

Best Construction Management Renovation: MEDCO Construction; Project: Rockwall Campus (Lake Pointe Church)

Best Design,Installation and Operation of an Audio, Video and Lighting System: AE Global Media; Project: Christ Lutheran Church

Best Facilities Management: Prestonwood Baptist Church - Operations Team; Project: Prestonwood Baptist Church

Best Special Project or Initiative: 2|42 Community Church; Project: 2|42 Community Church

Best Tech Contractor or Consultant: HFP Acoustical Consultants; Project: Sanctuary Renovation (Prince of Peace Catholic Community)

Best Technical Director: Justin Firesheets; Project: Justin Firesheets (Church of the Highlands)

Best Technical Production: Church of the Highlands; Project: Highlands Production (Church of the Highlands)

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WFX 2013 Solomon and New Product Awards Nominees

The 2013 WFX Award nominees reflect innovation and creativity in church buildings and technology


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The WFX Awards program celebrates the continual evolution of churches striving to reach people for the God through the buildings and sanctuaries being created today. 

In addition, the Awards recognize excellence in technology products being applied in the same pursuit to reach people for Christ.

Winners were chosen, based on the quality of the information provided by Worship Facilities Magazine, Worship Facilities Designer Magazine and Church Production Magazine editors, distinguished members of the WFX Advisory Board, and WFX management.

We thank every nominee for participating. Winners will be announced Wednesday, October 1, 2013 at 7 pm. To view the announcement, visit wfxweb.com 

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AV Bridge


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Vaddio’s AV Bridge enables integrators to integrate such soft codecs as Skype, Cisco Jabber, Microsoft Lync, and many others, into traditional AV designs. The AV Bridge provides the digital USB gateway to enable the integration of PRO audio and video equipment into any PC software application.

Based on UVC/UAC USB standards, no special USB drivers need to be installed. As a result, it works seamlessly with any software application running on any operating system supporting USB 2.0 devices.

Whether a church wants to do a Skype video call or set up lecture capture using Panopto’s software lecture application, the AV Bridge provides the USB connection.

The AV Bridge supports switchable balanced or unbalanced audio and switchable HDMI, RGBHV, SD, or HD component video inputs. Video inputs can be up- or down-converted as required. Outputs include USB 2.0 with HD UVC/UAC device support or an Ethernet network interface for both IP control and streaming, supporting RTSP and HLS streaming clients.

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StreamNow


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Online streaming audio and video platform StreamNow enables churches to live-stream sermons and other events directly to their websites. The videos are viewable from any screen, including iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Additionally, videos can be recorded and saved into a StreamNow video gallery within the church website.

With the live record feature, churches can easily record and archive any event with the click of a button. Once the system is set up, users can click “live record” and the Video will be automatically placed in the gallery on the church website. Moreover, with StreamNow being based in the cloud, churches don’t need to maintain and software updates in order to store and share content.

The Live Transcoding feature delivers adaptive bitrate streaming to multiple devices from a single RTMP origin stream. StreamNow’s extensive Rest API enables users to interact with their media content from any other application.

StreamNow’s interface was created with churches in mind so that even non-technical members could use the system. It is also affordable. Churches of any size can employ StreamNow, starting at $99 per month.

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Solaris LED Flare


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Solaris’s LED Flare, distributed by TMB, is a bright, high-performance LED RGBW wash, strobe, color scroller, and blinder — all in a single fixture.

Flare has been specified for a variety of high-profile applications, including the 55th Grammy Awards, Kenny Chesney’s “No Shoes Nation” tour, and the 85th Annual Academy Awards.

The Solaris LED features 1,000-Watt brightness in a single LED wash/strobe, instantaneous RGBW color mixing with 2200Hz refresh rate, pixel-map control, and a 36-degree beam angle.

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Ovation E-190WW


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The CHAUVET Professional Ovation E-190WW luminaire is designed specifically for stage and is ideal for use in worship facilities.

Powered by 19 10-watt LEDs, Ovation E-190WW outputs a 3,446 lux at 5 meters (26-degree lens) without a significant temperature-related drop off. Ovation E-190WW delivers this white light with a color temperature of 3,100K and a flat field. It also features standard beam shaping shutters, a gobo/effect slot, and lens barrels that are interchangeable with other popular ERS fixtures.

Selectable dimming curves ensure smooth fading cues that intermix well with the output of conventional theater ellipsoidals. Ovation E-190WW also has three- and five-pin DMX connectors.

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SC810W Unity Architectural Remote Station


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The Lightronics SC810W wall-mount station is part of the Unity Architectural Remote Stations line. It is a self-contained scene creator that can make and store up to eight scenes, addressing all 512 DMX channels. Each scene has a separate programmable fade time of up to 99 seconds.

The SC810W employs multi-purpose buttons to program and recall scenes. The multi-purpose faders are used to set DMX values when creating scenes and for manual adjustment of presets from 0 to 100 percent. A master fader enables all active presets to be controlled from 0 to 100 percent as well.

No lighting console is required to create scene presets. A lighting console can be used, however, in conjunction with the SC810W. The station will sense DMX from another source and cease transmission until the DMX signal is no longer detected. It will then return to transmitting the active preset.

The station uses LED indicators to identify those presets that will be active or in status modes during programming. An all-off button is provided to cease all operation with a single touch. A subset record button prevents accidental reprogramming of preset levels.

The SC810W fits in a standard five-gang wall box and is supplied with a white trim plate. If used with one of Lightronics’ Unity architectural dimmers, the voltage to operate the station is provided by the dimming system. The unit is provided with a low-voltage power supply when used in applications that do not include a Lightronics Unity architectural dimmer. Data and power is transmitted via a two twisted pair shielded cable.

This product enables the user to include a DMX-controlled device into any preset look. DMX dimming systems for house and stage lights, moving lights, or LED lights that operate via DMX can be included in the preset look.

Since no console is needed, even smaller churches without technical volunteers can enjoy the same levels of control enjoyed by larger churches.

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Jands StageCL


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Many houses of worship have upgraded to modern LED lighting fixtures in order to produce any color without the need for filters. LED lights enable houses of worship to produce combinations of colors with just a few lights. When it comes to choosing a control console, however, most consoles either don’t accommodate color control and intensity or their method of doing so is overly complicated.

The Jands StageCL was designed to provide a practical solution for controlling LED-based lighting systems. It provides all of the manual controls and automation a church needs to get the most out of its energy efficient LED fixtures while being easy enough that most any volunteer could run a service.

Each of Jands StageCL’s 12 channels provides discrete HSI control with an encoder for hue, an encoder for saturation, and a fader for intensity. As you turn the hue and saturation encoders, an LED on each channel displays the created color.

Designed for LED fixtures, the StageCL is also suitable for conventional lights, which are often required for longer throw, front-light positions.

The StageCL features factory pre-loaded color patterns and chase presets, all which are accessible via the touchscreen.

Need to make a quick change on the fly? Users can simply tap the Snapshot button to save the look on a stage. This “holds” the look while controls are adjusted to create the next look. It then fades into that next look when the button is tapped again.

The StageCL’s touch-screen display provides an interface for the patching of lights, monitoring playback, editing scenes, chases and cues, adjusting fade times, applying preset colors, and setting up the console preferences.

To record a sequence, users can adjust your lights, press the record button, and then press one of the Scene, Chase, or Cuelist buttons to store it. To play it back, users tap the button of where the sequence was stored. Playback speed and chase rate can be manually adjusted, along with the fade time and chase speed controls.

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DWX Series Digital Wireless Microphone System


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Sony Electronics’ DWX Series digital wireless microphone system is designed to offer audio professionals the flexibility necessary to handle wireless transmission in nearly any type of environment, combining sound quality, stable transmission, performance, and durability.

The DWX system’s most recent components include the DWM-02 handheld microphone, capsule units (CU-C31, CU-F31, and CU-F32), the DWR-R02D rackmount receiver, and the DWR-S02D portable receiver.

The digital wireless microphone system transmits and receives high-quality 24-bit/48-kHz digital audio. Using Sony’s original WiDIF-HP codec, the system delivers a wide dynamic range of more than 106 dB, a wide frequency response of 20 Hz to 22 kHz, and a quality transient response.

The DWX Series enables highly stable wireless transmission that is tolerant to unwanted interference. In addition, the system transmits and receives digitally modulated and encrypted data to minimize the risk of interception, providing secure transmission and reception.

A flexible choice of microphone capsules enables operators to capture sound depending on their individual requirements.

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XD-V75


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Line 6 XD-V75 systems feature sophisticated microphone modeling technology. With 24-bit, 10Hz, 20kHz, and compander-free performance, XD-V75 series digital wireless systems provide a full-range audio clarity and license-free operation.

Designed for churches, professional vocalists, and performers, the XD-V75 line includes handheld, lavalier, and headset digital wireless systems. The family of products offers 24-bit sound and a full complement of professional features, including signal encryption, dynamic filters, gain control, channel scanning, and more.

XD-V75 systems all feature 10Hz to 20kHz frequency response and a wide dynamic range (up to >117 dB). Unlike analog wireless technology, Line 6 digital wireless technology does not use companders, and it does not compress the audio signal in any way. The audio quality does not degrade with distance.

The systems operate in the 2.4GHz band, which is free from TV broadcast, public safety, cell phone towers, or other transmission interference. Encoded DCL (digital channel lock) technology prevents reception of any audio interference from other 2.4 GHz devices.

XD-V55 series digital wireless systems are easy to operate. Users simply choose a channel on the transmitter and receiver and the two lock together automatically — no need for RF tuning or intermodulation calculators.

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PreSonus Eris E8


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PreSonus Eris E8 two-way, bi-amped, active studio monitors enable live sound engineers to produce quality recordings, whether for sermon podcasts or live music recordings.

PreSonus Eris E8 studio monitors feature 8-inch Kevlar low-frequency transducers, 1.25-inch low-mass silk-dome tweeters, 140 watts of responsive Class AB amplification, and professional acoustic-adjustment controls. A front-firing acoustic port provides superior bass-frequency reproduction — frequency response ranges from 22 kHz all the way down to 35 Hz.

Balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA inputs ensure the Eris E8 can be connected to a variety of sound sources.

Eris E8 includes professional-level protection features as well, with RF shielding, current-output limiting over-temperature protection, and subsonic protection.

Eris E8 has controls for making several types of custom adjustments. A four-position Acoustic Space switch controls a shelving filter that provides three attenuation points, enabling control of bass response relative to the wall proximity of speakers. A High Pass switch sets the low-frequency cutoff.

The user controls also enable simulation of different listening environments.

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Yamaha MGP32X


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Yamaha has been at the forefront of audio console development since we released the PM200 in 1972. Many common features, like on-board compression and mix matrices on lots of mixers can be traced back to this innovation. The MGP32X continues this tradition, providing the best possible sound quality in a familiar layout that allows the user easy operation in a familiar layout. Leaning on digital technology, we have been able to add several exciting features that both the pro and casual user will appreciate.

The heart of the this new console is the innovative approach taken to offer digital technology adding high resolution effects, iPod/iPhone integration and superb functionality of the new stereo hybrid channels. The master section also exploits this digital control and connectivity providing direct digital recording to a USB storage device as either high quality .WAV or more compact MP3 format. Playback can easily be routed from this device as well. The stereo output also has a graphic EQ and a master compressor easily controlled vie either the onward display or via an iOS device using a free app.

The new microphone preamps are discrete Class A, dual Darlington designs originally developed for high-end recording equipment. They provide a fat, rich, smooth tone with plenty of gain, a significant advantage over other mixers in this class. The EQ circuits are Yamaha’s proprietary X-pressive analog modeling designs that provide extensive sound shaping capabilities of sought after classic EQ modules. 16 channels of single-knob compression also contribute to the unmatched control and flexibility offered on the MGP32X.

The layout of the MGP32X is open and inviting. A low profile design and new color-coded controls add to the professional feel. Users will appreciate the dedicated talkback microphone input, extensive monitoring capability, 2 mix matrices and even a connection for a gooseneck lamp making the tasks of mixing easier.

To wrap it up, this approach reduces the amount of time it takes to teach a new volunteer to mix a service without compromising audio quality. In addition, it reduces the time it takes to record a service and distribute it to members of the congregation, so the audio team can spend more time with their family and friends after service.

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NUAGE


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A joint collaboration between Yamaha and Steinberg, NUAGE is a hardware and software system designed to enable audio engineers to select and combine various components for specific applications and workflow requirements. Specifically, the system adds the power of the Dante audio network to recording, post-production, live-to-tape broadcasts, and worship services recording.

NUAGE is a networkable recording system consisting of hardware work surface components, a user interface, comprehensive visual feedback, networkable audio interface units, and a software-based digital audio workstation. It offers advanced processing capabilities for sonic quality.

The Yamaha control surface features a combination of fader and main control units, enabling various system configurations. Meanwhile, Steinberg’s Nuendo digital audio workstation software couples with Dante for an advanced production system.

Dante audio networking provides system design and expandability capabilities. A Dante Accelerator audio interface card can be installed in the computer running the Nuendo DAW to provide extra-low latency multi-channel audio data transfer capacity, which is advantageous when communicating with NUAGE I/O units. A secondary port can be used to provide redundant connections for failsafe reliability.

Any 24-inch monitor can be used with the NUAGE system. The system incorporates the computer LCD displays for an “Extensive Console View.” It also features channel strip extension, customizable Nuendo shortcuts, touch slider functionality, touch-sensitive faders and encoders, channel name display, and channel color bar.

NUAGE modular architecture and network audio interface enable broad system flexibility. Two types of control surface units can be used individually or in combination, according to system needs. Three types of high-end audio interfaces are available, used individually or in combination for up to 128 channels. Sixteen-channel analog, 16-channel digital, and 8-channel analog + 8-channel digital can be controlled at once with two encoders per channel, or all encoders can be mapped to one or two highlighted channels in the Channel Setting Mode. NUAGE I/O also features advanced JetPLL jitter reduction technology for extremely low jitter and superior AD/DA resolution.

NUAGE’s DSP surround processing capabilities provide all the essentials for surround sound, including speaker/level display adjustments and base management. The native system processing enables a large number of plug-ins to be used simultaneously across multiple channels/tracks. Nuendo Syncstation provides sample-accurate synchronization for audio and video.

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Studio One Professional 2.5


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PreSonus Studio One Professional 2.5 for Mac and Windows is a feature-rich digital audio workstation (DAW) ideal for recording, producing, and sharing pastor messages and church events with the congregation.

Studio One Professional 2.5 offers a complete DAW, from the recording of the first track to the release and distribution of finished projects.

Featuring a drag-and-drop interface, Studio One Professional enables churches to quickly create and distribute podcasts, record and edit sermons, or document services and special events.

Adding in sound files or loading effects plug-ins is as easy as drag-and-drop from Studio One’s browser. From within Studio One, you have access to a complete suite of signal-processing plug-ins, virtual instruments, and other tools to produce a polished mix.

Studio One Professional 2.5 enables the burning of audio CDs, the creation of high-quality MP3 albums, and more. Songs and audio files can be arranged as a sequence of tracks on a continuous timeline. Users can apply effects to individual tracks and master output track for sonic continuity.

The integrated browser makes importing songs, audio files, and audio effects easy. After a song has been imported into a project, users can go back and change the song mix, and the project will be automatically updated.

 Audio files can be shared via Studio One’s SoundCloud client. Moreover, Studio One’s integrated Nimbit support (and free Nimbit account) enables the delivery of podcasts and sermons via the Internet without ever leaving Studio One.

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Aviom A360 Personal Mixer


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Aviom’s A360 Personal Mixer offers control, customization, and performance in the form of personal mixing. Because the Aviom system is both economical and easy to install, many churches are turning to the A360 to improve the performance of sound systems.

The A360 Personal Mixer enables houses of worship to customize monitor mixing for each ensemble and each musician. It includes a 36-channel mix engine, and channels can be individually selected for each A360 from a network pool of up to 64 channels, giving engineers and users’ flexibility in each user’s personal mix. Additionally, the A360 was designed specifically for in-ear monitors. As such, it enables musicians to get a natural sounding in-ear mix.

The A360 features Stereo Placement with Pan-Spread, per-channel reverb, and an Enhance control. It also offers per-channel tone, One-Touch Ambience Instant Mix Recalls, a Mono Mix Out for powered wedges or a subwoofer.

All settings on the A360 can be saved to a USB memory stick, enabling churches to share gear among multiple ensembles, to store settings for safekeeping, and to integrate substitute musicians.

All mixing features are instantly available, with no menus to navigate, no softkeys, and no complex programming.

The A360 is fully compatible with all existing Aviom systems. Features are supported with free firmware updates.

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AW-HE60H/S


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Panasonic’s AW-HE60H with HDMI and component outputs and the AW-HE60S with HD/SD-SDI and component outputs plus gunlock represent two HD-integrated video cameras suited for worship facilities.

The AW-HE60 incorporates such features as IP live video monitoring for remote preview and control and a Night Mode for shooting in extremely low light using IR illumination. 

The HE60S/H cameras offer a sleek, compact design that combines outstanding image quality, smooth pan/tilt/zoom operation, and simple integration for superb HD and SD production and video communications. The cameras employ full HD MOS sensors (effective resolution 1920 x1080) and feature Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) technology to help compensate for wide variations in lighting. Hybrid 2D/3D Noise Reduction processing produces smooth, sharp HD video with up to 850 lines of horizontal resolution in a wide range of lighting conditions and environments. Both IP and RS-422 serial control interfaces are built-in. 

IP monitoring is displayed in 16:9 at up to 30fps in VGA (640 x 480) and QVGA (320 x 240) using either M-JPEG or H.264 encoding. Multi-view monitoring of up to 16 cameras in a single browser window is available in M-JPEG mode only. Remote IP live video monitoring of HE60 series cameras is also available on mobile devices, including iPhone, iPad, and Android tablets and phones.

The HE60’s Night Mode makes it possible to shoot in virtual darkness via the optional IR illuminator in the 600nm range. The camera’s remote controllable IR cut filter, combined with advanced digital signal processing, enables the user to switch between normal full HD color video and high-resolution, black-and-white Night Mode video. 

The HE60 series include factory installation of the V2.0 firmware, which includes 16-axis color matrix control for precise camera “painting” and matching, R/B gain adjustment, and the addition of 1080/59 output (H version only) and 1080/30p (S version only). Finer control of pan/tilt/zoom speeds with the AW-RM50 IR remote control has also been added. 

The HE60 cameras incorporate a pan-tilt head that offers fast, fluid movement in all directions, enabling the capture of both slow- and fast-moving objects without excessive vibration and bounce. An 18X HD optical zoom plus 10X digital zoom covers use in rooms of all sizes.

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coolux Widget Designer 4.5


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The coolux Media Systems Widget Designer, v4.5 takes system control to a new level for worship facilities.

Widget Designer enables integration and control of a Pandoras Box Media Player or Server with a variety of external systems. Connections can range from a lighting control system to a whole building automation system. 

Widget Designer enables users of all skill levels to control and manipulate the AV system. Widget Designer supports TCP, UDP, Serial, ArtNet, and DMX just to name a select few. From games for preschoolers to full show automation, Widget Designer becomes a valuable tool in interacting with the audience and powerfully conveying the message.

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PT-DZ870U


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To meet the high-brightness of large worship facility spaces, Panasonic offers its PT-DZ870U single-chip DLP projector. This fixed-installation projector delivers high-quality images and 8,500 lumens of brightness and a contrast ratio of 10,000:1. Its 420W dual-lamp system enables a vivid image, and its re-engineered proprietary Dynamic RGB Booster optimizes lamp intensity of individual red, green, and blue colors. 

The PT-DZ870 Series is ideal for houses of worship where space is limited. When paired with the optional ET-DLE030 ultra-short-throw lens, it is able to project a 100-inch image from 2.7 feet away. The ET-DLE030 lens is part of a wide range of optional lenses offered by Panasonic.

The PT-DZ870 Series is also compatible with DIGITAL LINK, which enables a single cable to transmit uncompressed videos signals, audio, and control commands up to 100 meters (328 feet). This simplifies cabling and system upgrades, making it ideal for ceiling-mounted and other permanent installations. Panasonic’s proprietary Digital Interface Box, the ET-YFB100G, is currently available and can be paired with the PT-DZ870U for DIGITAL LINK connection or used with major AV control manufacturers’ protocols without the need for an external receiver. 

The PT-DZ870U saves church AV staff time and money on maintenance with a 4,000-hour lamp life (in eco mode), a shielded optical system that blocks dust, an efficient cooling technology, and a dual lamp system. This projector also features a Lamp Relay mode that alternates operation of each lamp to enable continuous use of the projector.

The DLP projector includes a built-in Geometric Adjustment function that expands creative projection possibilities by facilitating projection onto spherical, cylindrical, and other specially shaped screens. Optional software, Geometry Manager Pro Version 1.1, is available for wider ranging adjustments and masking functions. 

The PT-DZ870 is portrait-mode capable, with an optional lamp that enables the projector to be rotated vertically for upright images. It is also 3D-compatible, supporting various 3D formats, like frame packing, side by side, top and bottom, line by line, and simultaneous formats.

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coolux Pandoras Box Version 5.5


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The Coolux Media Systems Pandoras Box, v5.5, V 5.5 is taking content control and playback to a new level. Building on our reputation of total content flexibility, unlimited projection sizes for any quantity or combination of projectors, LED displays, flat screens and lobby monitors, 

The addition of live HTML, as well as the built-in Web server, enables single and multi-campus programming and control.

coolux Pandoras Box v5.5 is available in software Player and Hardware Server versions budgets.

 

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Faith Media Center


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Faith Media Center is a revenue-sharing digital and physical communication product distribution system that enables congregants to purchase or rent books, movies, music, and gift items from a retail distribution kiosk placed inside a church, through custom apps, or via a church Web site’s Faith Media Center portal.

The Faith Media Center kiosk acts as an “on-location” delivery system. A church locates the kiosk in a lobby, common area, or bookstore. The kiosk incorporates a secure computer, a touchscreen interface, a payment module, and a series of access ports enabling connection to devices for the download of content. Also incorporated into the kiosk is a second screen used to display upcoming church events, welcome messages, and relevant third-party promotional advertisements.

The touchscreen interface is custom designed and developed for Faith Media Center. It enables users to browse content for rent or purchase. Users have the ability to gift to others as well as buy physical product. Physical products will be drop shipped to the designated recipient and the gifted e-content notification will be delivered via e-mail. Payment methods include credit/debit cards and PayPal/e-wallet. Members can also load money in their accounts for future purchases.

The Faith Media Center website, www.faithmediacenter.com, is the portal for member access to the entire network. Through the website, members access a custom-built Web portal specifically designed for each member church. Each church is given access to post details about their organization, location, upcoming events, pictures, videos and messages. Members can browse, buy, or rent products, and gift or drop-ship products. Members will also be able to connect with other users through the Faith Media Center forum. 

Faith Media Center’s set of apps that enable members to download content directly to their iPhone, iPad, Android devices, Kindle, Nook, PC, or Mac. These apps are secure and have been developed with proprietary encryption methodology. Members can view content on a maximum of five devices.

This product is free to churches and employs a revenue-sharing program.

 

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WD390U-EST Projector


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Mitsubishi’s WD390U-EST “cloud projector” seeks to help worship facilities avoid technical difficulty when sharing complicated pages. Users simply log onto their network and begin displaying content in seconds, whether from a local server, the Internet, or the cloud. 

As long as the new WD390U-EST extreme short throw projector is connected and logged on to a network, and there’s a Bluetooth-enabled keyboard and mouse available, children can access content on a server. Meanwhile, presenters won’t have to worry about uploading their lessons or running late because the WD390U-EST makes projection rally simple. 

By using free SidePad and WiFi Doc applications, the WD390U-EST projector initiatives with flexibility. Teachers can use a mobile device, such as a tablet or a smart phone, to access, mirror, and control a computer that is connected to the projector and the same Wi-Fi network and present PowerPoint, Excel, Word, TXT, PPD, and JPG files from their iOS or Android devices directly through the projector. 

Using Texas Instruments DLP technology, the new projector boasts 3,000 lumens of brightness as well as a long lamp life — up to 6,000 hours in low mode. 

The projector comes with Mitsubishi’s three-year limited warranty on parts and labor, and a one-year limited warranty on the lamp.  

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Christie LW720 3-LCD WXGA Projector


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The Christie LW720 is a bright, single-lamp 3LCD, WXGA-resolution digital projector. It offers church leaders and youth ministries high levels of brightness, exceptional image clarity, and enhanced playback performance.

The Christie LW720 offers a clear advancement in lens shift technology. It can shift an image vertically by 85 percent of the screen’s height, and horizontally by 60 percent of the screen’s width, covering a total range of 3.3 screen areas vertically and 2.2 screen areas horizontally. 

This quiet, single-lamp system provides up to 2,000 hours of lamp life in standard mode and up to 3,000 in eco mode. The filter design delivers up to 10,000 hours of performance before requiring replacement. 

The split screen mode enables users to divide presentations using the wide aspect display format. 

The Christie LW720 also includes a complete connectivity package from computer video and digital connections via HDMI.

With brightness levels of 7,200 ANSI lumen and WXGA (1366 x 800) resolution, it is ideal for houses of worship that need an affordable option with high resolution and brightness.

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Da-Lite Design Center Ultra Wide Angle Rear Projection Lace and Grommet Surface with Curved Series 2


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The Da-Lite Design Center Curved Series 200 Rear Projection Screen was originally built for First Baptist Dallas. It is the focal point of the sanctuary, with a seamless 149-inch by 1707-inch viewing area. It features multiple compound curves and six changes in radius. 

The projection screen requires an advanced seven-projector edge blend with warping. Nine cameras are used with the capability of six live camera feeds into the projection system

The screen follows the contours and shape of the building.

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HDX-W20 Flex


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The HDX-W20 Flex Projector from Barco represents a workhorse in HD projection. It’s a small, lightweight 20K lumens projector that is low-maintenance, with just five building blocks that can be removed and replaced quickly. It is designed for large sanctuaries in houses of worship that show multi-screened, immersive visual presentations.

The HDX-W20 features a unique light-on-demand capability. This enables users to tune the light output to match the lumen needs of the program, from 10,000 to 20,000 lumens in 2,000 increments. 

The HDX-W20 offers unlimited, flexible scaling, too, with the Athena scaler. This enables operators to use multiple image sources without added time. 

The HDX-W20’s built-in color LCD screen provides detailed information about the projector’s connected sources (also offering a preview) as well as status, power, temperatures, and lamp runtime. 

The projector has a native 3G HDSDI/SDI input, which makes it compatible with progressive HD sources over a single BNC cable. Members can operate the projector via wireless control, using such devices as a central PC, smartphone, or tablet via an Android projector control app.

 

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PDS Series


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Barco’s PDS series of switchers is designed to be fast and easy to use and to provide more digital inputs at an affordable price. Houses of worship will appreciate the simplicity of this tool when used in creating multi-faceted presentations with professional-quality video and graphics. 

Due to a low video delay, live performances are synched with the PDS switchers. Convenient PIPs ensure production control. Users can capture and store up to three images that can be used as a logo source during the presentation. 

In addition to the program output, the PDS-902 and PDS-902 3G offer a preview output that can be set at the same or different resolution than the program output. Users have the option of displaying one of three signals on the preview output: program, preview. or built-in test patterns.

The PDS is offered in four models: PDS-701 3G, PDS-901 3G, PDS-902, and PDS-902 3G. All 3G models feature four DVI-I inputs with full HDCP 1.0 support, whereas the PDS-701 3G features two DVI-I inputs.

All models include one 3G/HD/SD SDI and four universal analog inputs. All analog and DVI inputs support the EDID 1.3 specification. All models provide simultaneous program output via the DVI and analog connectors. The PDS-9013G and PDS-902 3G models also include an SDI output supporting SD/HD/3G rates and BarcoLink for easy connection to your Barco projectors.

 

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TITAN 1080P 930 3D


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The TITAN 1080p 930 3D projector from Digital Projection International (DPI) offers houses of worship an imaging solution with powerful light output. 

With overhead, stage, and ambient outdoor lighting affecting sanctuary and staging spaces, it is essential for worship venues to employ bright projection. The TITAN 1080p 930 3D projector delivers up to 14,500 lumens of brightness via a three-chip DLP design.

The use of multiple projectors is facilitated via DPI’s Pro Series 3 electronics. With this technology, the TITAN 930 can provide users with extensive geometric warp. Edge blending and multi-projector tiling are provided by way of high-bit depth processing. On-board adjustments for pincushion, barrel, cornerstone, vertical, horizontal keystone, and image rotation are also standard in the TITAN 930 displays. 

In addition to being fully 3D-capable, the 3D electronics of the Pro Series 3 enable advanced content distribution. Worship facilities with 120 Hz native sources can employ high-bandwidth input, eliminating the need for frame doubling. For 60 Hz 3D applications, DPI’s built-in Dual Flash Processing enables distribution of 3D content via 60 Hz formats by frame-doubling the signal within the projector. This produces the low-flicker image characteristics of a native 120 Hz source without the infrastructure costs associated with distributing and switching ultra-high bandwidth signals. 

In addition, the TITAN 930 employs two 465-watt, high-intensity discharge lamps to produce bright imagery. These provide an efficient alternative to the Xenon bulbs employed in many large-screen projectors. 

Furthermore, DPI’s ColorMax technology presents a flexible color management system and serves as a color calibration tool.

 

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Sony VPL-FHZ55 Laser Light Source Projector


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Sony’s next-generation projection technology, based on a laser light source, Sony’s project technology offers a range of performance capabilities and eliminates many of the issues associated with conventional lamp-based projection. The Sony VPL-FHZ55 3LCD Laser Light Source projector achieves 4,000 lumens of color light output at WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200) for bright and vivid color reproduction. 

The VPL-FHZ55 projector expands Sony’s efforts to achieve lower total cost of ownership and energy efficiency in its projector line. The projector offers “virtually maintenance-free” operation for up to 20,000 hours of expected light source, display device, and filter use. The HG-free (mercury-free) projector also offers such energy-saving features as auto light dimming, auto brightness adjustment, and constant brightness mode. The use of a laser light source also gives the projector instant “on/off” capability and “tilt-free” capability for installation in nearly any setting or position. 

The Sony VPL-FHZ55 3LCD Laser Light Source projector achieves 4,000 lumens of color light output at WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200) for bright and vivid color reproduction.

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Anycast Touch Live Production System


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The Anycast Touch system from Sony combines the familiar touchscreen interface common in mobile devices with full-scale A/V performance. This affordable, ultra-portable all-in-one live production system is ideal for live broadcasting or webcasting in worship facility applications in which single-person operators are often used for live events.

The system is designed to be easy to use and intuitive — an important characteristic for churches, many of which rely upon volunteer staff to operate and maintain equipment. It also eliminates the additional hardware typically required for professional live streaming — things like encoders, video recorders, audio mixers, titlers, and remote camera controllers. 

The Anycast Touch system combines a video switcher, audio mixer, special effects generator, PTZ camera control, a real-time streaming encoder, image still store, character generator, and scale converter. It uses a sliding, dual touchscreen interface similar to that of a tablet. A unique tilt-screen function enables the two dual screens to split video and audio controls and store them in scene folders with settings like titles, logos, and effects. Operators can recall the next video source just by touching its thumbnail picture. Content can be streamed live over the Internet or a dedicated network. 

The Anycast Touch system can produce full HD (1920x1080) content with 10-bit processing to produce clear, detailed pictures in SD, HD, or a mix of both.

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Airflex5D-60


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When wall- or ceiling-mounted projection screen installations are not practical, free-standing projection screens come into play. The Kestrel Stage Series is a portable, free-standing motorized projection screen for worship facility and stage applications. Ideally suited for use in space-conscious environments, it can be used with either large or small congregations with integrated or mobile projection arrays. 

The screens feature MaxWhite FG 1.1 gain projection material, which sports wide, diffusion uniformity for performance versatility. It is also GREENGUARD-certified for indoor air-quality emissions.

The screens are available in 4:3 (NTSC) and 16:9 (HDTV) aspect ratios and in sizes ranging from 100 to 150 diagonal inches. 

The screen’s mechanized cross-rising apparatus is driven by a 17 rpm, 130w tubular motor. Its 10nm torque provides superior weight tolerance. Elite’s Kestrel Stage provides a simple in-line 3-way control switch for easy operation. 

The Kestrel Stage motorized screen is integrated into a sturdy wheeled stage case that has handles for easy transport and set-up. As an added value, a matching roadie flight-case with detachable velvet skirt is included to complete the arrangement. 

Setup is a quick, easy process. The flight-case separates to combine with the cased-screen and skirt, creating an elegant and stable platform. Although the flight case and masking drape provides the added height for large audience visibility, the screen component works just as well by itself for lower-profile small group fellowship presentations.

 

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WFX 2013 Solomon Award Entries

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We would like to recognize the talented designers, builders, and churches nominated for our WFX Solomon Awards. Each nominee created outstanding and meaningful projects reflecting the vision, goals and aspirations of churches and the talented people working in them. Each achieved specific outcomes yielding facilities that will further the Kingdom of God.

We are grateful for every entry received and we hope they serve as a gallery of creative ideas for others.Winners of the 2013 Solomon Awards were chosen, based on the quality of the information provided, by Worship Facilities MagazineWorship Facilities Designer Magazine and Church Production Magazine editors, distinguished members of the WFX Advisory Board, and WFX management.

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Kestrel Stage Series


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When wall- or ceiling-mounted projection screen installations are not practical, free-standing projection screens come into play. The Kestrel Stage Series is a portable, free-standing motorized projection screen for worship facility and stage applications. Ideally suited for use in space-conscious environments, it can be used with either large or small congregations with integrated or mobile projection arrays. 

The screens feature MaxWhite FG 1.1 gain projection material, which sports wide, diffusion uniformity for performance versatility. It is also GREENGUARD-certified for indoor air-quality emissions.

The screens are available in 4:3 (NTSC) and 16:9 (HDTV) aspect ratios and in sizes ranging from 100 to 150 diagonal inches. 

The screen’s mechanized cross-rising apparatus is driven by a 17 rpm, 130w tubular motor. Its 10nm torque provides superior weight tolerance. Elite’s Kestrel Stage provides a simple in-line 3-way control switch for easy operation. 

The Kestrel Stage motorized screen is integrated into a sturdy wheeled stage case that has handles for easy transport and set-up. As an added value, a matching roadie flight-case with detachable velvet skirt is included to complete the arrangement. 

Setup is a quick, easy process. The flight-case separates to combine with the cased-screen and skirt, creating an elegant and stable platform. Although the flight case and masking drape provides the added height for large audience visibility, the screen component works just as well by itself for lower-profile small group fellowship presentations.

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PowerLite Pro G6050W WXGA 3LCD Projector


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The Epson PowerLite Pro G6050W installation projector offers high levels of brightness and advanced technological solutions for larger worship facilities. 

The PowerLite Pro G6050W is equipped with 5,500 lumens of color-brightness and 5,500 lumens of white brightness. It also sports 360-degree installation, six optional lenses, and several connectivity options for increased flexibility. Compared to predecessor models, the G6050W also offers improved chassis, cooling system, edge blending, and Point and Arc image correction features. 

The PowerLite Pro G6050W is designed to enrich the viewing experience of a congregation via frame interpolation for sharper, smoother pictures and the Faroudja DCDI chipset to enhance video quality with deinterlacing. 

Additional upgraded features include the model’s short throw lens with zoom and lens shift capabilities, advanced adjustment capabilities (color uniformity and pixel alignment), lens shift lock, and advanced split screen (two side-by-side windows and three layout options). The projector also comes with a remote control with three user buttons for added customization.

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LED Video Panels


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Video capture and display technology has moved churches away from projection. LED Video Panels from Pro Pixel Products interlock to create video walls. Compared to projection solutions, these LED video walls offer a more economical, reliable, and flexible platform.

Pro Pixel LED Video Panels comprised of individual LED diodes that each generate light. Once programmed, the LED diodes (usually around 10mm to 4mm apart from each other) work together to display an entire image or video feed. The effect creates a strong solid image viewable throughout an entire sanctuary. 

Since the actual diodes in the display are producing the light for the image, there are absolutely no ambient light considerations that come into play for LED. LED removes the concern for ambient light completely and can be viewed clearly in all lighting conditions.

Although projection and LED brightness are measured on different scales, LED walls are brighter and, therefore, more ideal for church auditoriums. LED panels produce a higher efficiency and contrast as well to display high definition images. As such, most performance spaces only need to run an LED wall at 20 percent to 30 percent brightness.

LED panels are completely modular and can, therefore, accommodate new levels of design. They can easily be readjusted and rebuilt to create different displays. The panels are mobile, customizable, and flexible, and they bring unlimited configuration options.

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ProVideoServer


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ProVideoServer is a high-performance video playback server capable of serving multiple streams using broadcast standards, with options to synchronize each video channel. It can accommodate up to four independent channels of up to 1080i video from one system. 

This Mac-based software outputs video natively through broadcast-quality output cards (with support for HD/SDI, HDMI, or component outputs) and can utilize a range of commonly used codecs, like ProRes, DVCProHD, MPEG 4, and H.264. All SD and HD video resolutions are supported, and video is resized and retimed on the fly to match the output setting. Real time Video Scaling and interlace/de-interlace are standard.

Channels are purchased on an individual basis as needed. The software is easy to set-up and use and works on any Mac meeting the system requirements. It is even possible to output four HD videos through a laptop.

ProVideoServer enables two or more channels to be synchronized for frame-accurate playback. Two sets of two channels can also be synchronized. The ability to advance or step back a frame of video at a time enables the offsetting of any latency due to downstream pipeline. This offset can be adjusted in real-time and on a per-channel basis. Many churches use this functionality for projecting a fixed, wide camera shot onto a large screen that covers the stage along with the traditional IMAG (knees up/elbows up) switched camera shots on side screens. The result provides the illusion there is a life-size human being walking around on the video projected stage.

For easy control from a video switcher, PVS has several communications protocols included as part of the solution. These protocols include VDCP and AMP, and they enable the user to trigger clips directly via a switcher from any channel.

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ATEM Production Studio 4K


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ATEM Production Studio 4K video switcher enables churches to connect up to eight SD, HD, or Ultra HD video cameras, disk recorders, and computers for flexible live production. Its 6G-SDI and HDMI 4K video connections handle Ultra HD live production, and churches can connect all cameras using a single cable for a simplified workflow. An HD down converted HD-SDI program output is available when the switcher is operating in Ultra HD formats, but a regular HD program feed is required.

The switcher’s progressive frame rates enable churches to work in 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, and 59.94 progressive video formats. This means the switcher connects to an even wider range of HD devices, including low-cost consumer HDMI and professional SDI cameras, routers, and media playout servers.

The switcher includes the ATEM Software Control Panel for both Mac and Windows, which provides control of transitions, keyers, built-in audio mixer, and switcher settings from a laptop or desktop computer.

Churches can further save on space and costs with built-in multi-view monitoring, which shows all sources on a single SDI monitor or HDMI TV instead of multiple video monitors. Because the multi-view output is down-converted to HD, churches can still use commonly available HD monitors or televisions. Multi-view includes independent views for program, preview, and eight switcher sources.

ATEM Production Studio 4K includes the same high-quality transitions found on professional switchers, but now the transitions operate in Ultra HD. Churches have a choice of mix, dip, and wipe effects, with full control of the transition type, pattern, length, and more. Two built-in media players store up to 20 full resolution Ultra HD still frames with key and fill. 

The switcher includes a Photoshop plug in that enables direct download graphics and titles. For seamless multi-layering, the switcher includes one upstream keyer, with independent chroma, pattern, shaped, and linear keying as well as two downstream keyers. Churches can also save and restore switcher states in three ways: save and restore the entire switcher state, save only a piece to restore, or load a piece of an entire saved state.

A built-in audio mixer provides embedded HDMI and SDI audio from cameras and external audio from the analog XLR and HiFi audio inputs. Churches can use the mixer in direct input mixing or in audio-follow-video, where the audio from each camera will automatically be cross faded while switching. The analog audio inputs are ideal for microphones, audio mixers, or music players.

ATEM Production Studio 4K is suited for broadcasting services to giant screens and satellite campuses. The multiple program outputs and an auxiliary output can broadcast live footage of the service on one screen and send lyrics to another while recording the final program for satellite campuses or future use.

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HyperDeck Studio Pro


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HyperDeck Studio Pro is a solid state drive (SSD) recorder that features 6G-SDI and 3G-SDI input and output, built-in high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology, HDMI, analog component input and output, and standard XLR connectors for audio and timecode. 

HyperDeck Studio Pro also offers 6G-SDI and HDMI Ultra HD inputs and output via a single cable for a streamlined workflow. In addition, it features full 4K playback (four times the resolution of regular HD 1080 resolution video) from a single SSD disk with Apple ProRes compression.

Due to 6G-SDI, 3G-SDI, HDMI, and analog inputs and outputs, HyperDeck Studio Pro works with virtually any camera, deck, or monitor. This provides worship facilities with a truly flexible workflow. Moreover, 6G-SDI output or four 3G-SDI outputs, along with Ultra HD HDMI output, enable 4K playback for expanding and future workflows. 

HyperDeck Studio Pro features an intuitive VTR style design with function buttons, a jog wheel for jog and shuttle, and external RS-422 control. The high-resolution LCD screen displays timecode and transport information as well as a full color thumbnail preview of the current clip in record and playback. Crystal look buttons give churches full transport control.

Universally compatible uncompressed QuickTime files are recorded with HyperDeck Studio Pro in uncompressed 10-bit, DNxHD 220x and ProRes HQ compression. This enables the files to be stored on disk for use with popular editing software packages.

Featuring two bi-directional channels with transfer speeds up to 10 Gbps each, the Thunderbolt port provides fast capture and playback to and from any Thunderbolt-enabled computer when used with the Hyperdeck Studio Pro as an I/O interface. Blackmagic Design’s UltraScope software is also included for use with Thunderbolt connection for full waveform monitoring.

Not only is HyperDeck Studio Pro ideal for recording and replaying sermons, services, and live events for backup and transfer to satellite campuses, but its multichannel connections, high-speed Thunderbolt port, and 4K playback make it also useful for digital signage, as a single unit can instantly switch between SD, HD, 2K, and 4K playback.

The HyperDeck Studio Pro’s one-rack-unit size fits easily into any studio or portable rack, saving on space and enabling mobility.

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6x2 Matrix for HDMI 4k/2k


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Gefen’s 6x2 Matrix for HDMI 4k/2k provides a simple way to integrate up to six sources using HDMI with two independent displays. This matrix uses an Ultra HD 300 MHz technology that enables seamless switching between all sources and displays supporting 4k Ultra HD resolutions. 

Lossless audio formats, such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, are delivered alongside the video, and this matrix also has pass through compatibility for 3DTV. It also includes Gefen FST (Fast Switching Technology) to improve the speed of the HDCP authentication process. A wall-mountable enclosure in black or cream color, a locking power supply, local switching buttons, RS-232 control, IR remote, and two-channel/multi-channel audio switch selection are also included. 

Each source can be routed to any of the connected displays using the front panel push-button controls, the included IR remote, RS-232 serial control interface, or via IP, using Telnet, UDP, and the built-in Web server interface. LED indicators on the top panel display the current routing status, FST mode, audio configuration, and EDID settings. It supports both 1080p and Ultra HD resolutions to increase applicability. This matrix can also support DVI sources and displays with an external adapter. 

The 6x2 Matrix for HDMI 4k/2k supports Ultra HD with instant delivery of 4k video and audio from any six sources to one or two displays. It provides a compact and lightweight alternative to rack-mounted matrixes, and it supports resolutions up to 3840 x 2160 (4K x 2K). Deep Color, 3DTV pass-through, and lossless audio formats, such as LPCM 7.1, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD Master Audio, are also supported.

This matrix is ideal for worship facility installations in which HDCP-compliant, Ultra HD content from up to six sources needs to be routed to up to two Ultra HD displays.

 

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Roland V-40HD Video Switcher


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The Roland VR-50HD is an all-in-one AV Mixer with output for Web streaming and recording. It is designed to simplify live worship production. It fully integrates an audio mixer, video switcher, multi-viewer touch screen, and USB video/audio streaming into a stand-alone device that can be controlled by a single operator. 

The VR-50HD unique design results in a reduction in hardware equipment, setup time, and connection complexity. This portable, live HD production solution simplifies worship production, enabling any church to stream and record services.

The integration of the built-in USB 2.0/3.0 output enables Web streaming up to 1080p resolution. Users simply connect a USB cable to a computer running a live streaming content delivery service. Recording worship services are equally simple using QuickTime or the dedicated Windows/Mac VR capture software provided as a free download. 

The multi-format design of this mixer enables a variety of video sources, eliminating the need for external converter boxes. It includes a 12-input, four-channel multi-format video switcher with a still store channel for graphics, logo, or frame capture. Users can also mix lyrics or scripture over the top of video or background content. Inputs can be 3G, HD, SD, SDI, HDMI, RGB, component, and/or composite. 

The audio section is equally impressive, with a 12-channel digital audio mixer with inputs from analog sources or embedded in the four SDI or four HDMI inputs.

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Roland VR-50HD Video Switcher


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The Roland VR-50HD is an all-in-one AV Mixer with output for Web streaming and recording. It is designed to simplify live worship production. It fully integrates an audio mixer, video switcher, multi-viewer touch screen, and USB video/audio streaming into a stand-alone device that can be controlled by a single operator. 

The VR-50HD unique design results in a reduction in hardware equipment, setup time, and connection complexity. This portable, live HD production solution simplifies worship production, enabling any church to stream and record services.

The integration of the built-in USB 2.0/3.0 output enables Web streaming up to 1080p resolution. Users simply connect a USB cable to a computer running a live streaming content delivery service. Recording worship services are equally simple using QuickTime or the dedicated Windows/Mac VR capture software provided as a free download. 

The multi-format design of this mixer enables a variety of video sources, eliminating the need for external converter boxes. It includes a 12-input, four-channel multi-format video switcher with a still store channel for graphics, logo, or frame capture. Users can also mix lyrics or scripture over the top of video or background content. Inputs can be 3G, HD, SD, SDI, HDMI, RGB, component, and/or composite. 

The audio section is equally impressive, with a 12-channel digital audio mixer with inputs from analog sources or embedded in the four SDI or four HDMI inputs.

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impression X4S


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The GLP X4S lighting fixture (a smaller version of the X4 fixture) features seven RGBW LEDs, each rated at 15W, for a homogenized beam. 

The 12-inch fixture offers full flexibility, with a 7:1 zoom ratio. The beam is variable, from a tight 7 degrees to a wide 50 degrees. Its low profile, light weight (just 12 lbs.), ergonomic baseless design, 16-bit movement, smooth dimming, and low power consumption add to its feature set.

With a maximum power draw of just 150 Watts, the infrastructure required for the X4S becomes simpler with up to 16 units being able to operate from a single 20 Amp circuit. The X4S employs a single large head fan and a single base fan, both of which run silently. Combined, they keep the fixture and its internal components cool and trouble free. 

The X4S is offered with a minimum warranty of 2 years and is backed by an LED lifetime rated at 50,000 hours.

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PowerVIEW HD-22 and HD-30


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Vaddio’s PowerVIEW PTZ cameras bring three-chip broadcast camera performance to a single-chip camera. Based on third-generation Maicovicon MOS imaging sensor technology, the HD-22 and HD-30 improve color and brightness uniformity compared to previous models as well as an improved high-definition image quality.

The HD-22 comes equipped with a multi-element 22x optical glass auto-focus zoom lens that provides up to a 66-degree field-of-view for a wide range of telephoto or wide-angle shot options. A 128x wide dynamic range covers both light and dark contrasted areas, and a Color Capture light system produces vivid color images without color saturation or filtering. The HD-30 has a robust 30x optical power zoom capable of capturing detailed video images regardless of room size.

The PowerVIEW HD-22 and HD-30 are robotic PTZ cameras that use the MOS 1/2.8-Progressive Scan imaging sensor. By suppressing uneven brightness, the HD-22 and HD-30 provide an unmatched low-light performance of 0.4 LUX and a Super Sharp Detail technology for auto-sharpening fuzzy images, making it ideal for the low-light environment of many worship facilities. 

Outputs include native 1080p/60/50 Digital HDMI and analog component video resolutions, ideal for use in the highest demanding HD camera applications requiring a 3-Chip PTZ camera.

 

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Christ Lutheran Church


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Christ Lutheran Church of Charlotte, NC is a vibrant, growing congregation of about 2,800 members. It offers full- and half-day pre-school and puts family at its core. It has long remained dedicated to its mission, “To welcome all people, connect them to other believers, equip them with God’s word, and send them into the world.” 

Recently, to continue its mission among a modern congregation, the church decided to upgrade its technology systems, add a new 1,450-seat sanctuary, and expand its youth facilities.

The innovative acoustic design of the new sanctuary delivers worship style flexibility, from the pomp of a traditional service with symphonic and organ music to the intimate feel of a vibrant contemporary worship band. 

The worship technology, integrated by AE Global Media, included a networked Yamaha CL5 audio mixing system aligned with Aviom musician monitor system and d&b T Series line arrays networked for distribution throughout the entire building. This package provided the flexibility of inputs (over 100 mic inputs) to move around the stage with complete patching and configuration changes.

Adding two 14-foot-wide walls of 6mm Black Face LED video panels was a unique addition, providing enhanced HD video to a space with high levels of natural and performance ambient light and wide viewing angles. This, joined by a Panasonic HD Video Camera system and Jands Vista networked lighting console with an ETC Net3 control system, delivers HD performance video. 

By installing distributed live video/digital signage technology and audio throughout the facility (including classroom and outdoor installations) Christ Lutheran can now set the mood for worship even as people walk in from the parking lot.

 

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Shure GLXD16 Wireless System


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Shure’s GLXD16 Wireless System provides houses of worship guitar players with a durable, cost effective wireless solution for clear digital audio. It features a Guitar Pedal Receiver with integrated tuner and an ergonomic body pack transmitter with lithium-ion rechargeable battery.


Built with a durable metal construction, the GLXD6 Guitar Pedal Receiver is able to withstand repeated use and features a built-in chromatic instrument tuner with both strobe and needle tuning views.



A first ever for Shure, the GLXD6 Guitar Pedal Receiver integrates into any pedal board, making it quick and easy for band guitarist to adapt to different house of worship performance environments.



For everyday use, the tuner features tank-like durability with simple foot controls. A foot-operated switch enables shifting between wireless display and tuner mode, with the option to mute or pass the audio signal while tuning. The GLXD6 pedal screen displays digital tuning information and transmitter battery life via an LED segment display.



The GLXD6 is integrated with Shure GLX-D Wireless Systems’ LINKFREQ Automatic Frequency Management technology. The tuner and receiver can operate with up to five compatible systems in the 2.4 GHz frequency band, and identifies the best open frequencies so as to avoid RF complications.



Powered with advanced Shure rechargeability, on a full charge the GLXD body pack transmitter will provide 16 hours of continued use while just 15 minutes of charge time provides a guitar player with the ability to perform for 1.5 hours. Body back units are available with guitar cables and can be charged via a USB charge cable, USB wall charger, or USB car charger.

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Asona-USA Sonacoustic PL


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When sound is created inside a house of worship, that sound tends to bounce back in the form of reverberation and echo. No microphone or speaker replacement will correct the issue. Rather, it is an acoustics failure stemming from the environment itself.


That’s where “acoustic finish” comes in. An acoustic finish is an architectural solution designed to absorb reverberation and echo.



Acoustic finishes come in various thicknesses. Lower frequency sound, like heavy base tones, have high levels of energy and, therefore, require greater thickness and absorption capabilities. Acoustic finishes also come in a wide variety of aesthetic options. Asona’s Sonacoustic PL smooth finish is used in rooms for which panels, curtains, or “clouds” would be unsightly. Sonacoustic looks like drywall or fine plaster and is designed to resist soiling. It can be installed on flat or compound curves or arches alike.



Asona’s Sonacoustic finishes are fire resistance and fungi resistance. They offer acoustic absorption low light reflectivity.



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StageSource L2t


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The StageSource L2t loudspeaker from Line 6 is an 800-watt, two-way, bi-amped speaker system that delivers power, sound quality, and dependability. Designed for flexibility and portability, it features quality sound and DSP power as well as a modular architecture and proprietary L6 LINK digital networking.


An onboard mixer provides the L2t with effects, acoustic guitar modeling, and feedback suppression. It integrates with other Line 6 live sound products. So, houses of worship can use the loudspeaker to extend the capabilities of a StageSource L3-series system or pair it with the 1,200-watt L3s subwoofer.



The L2-series speakers feature six powerful DSP-based Smart Speaker modes, which enable optimization of output for a variety of performance scenarios, including front-of-house PA, floor monitor, personal PA, keyboard backline, acoustic guitar backline, or high-performance electric guitar speaker system. Onboard accelerometers and pole-mount sensors automatically detect the speakers’ orientation and set Smart Speaker modes accordingly.



In live sound situations that require two or more speakers, the StageSource L2 series, as well as the larger L3-series speakers, use a proprietary digital networking protocol called L6 LINK to simplify setup. Loudspeakers will automatically self-configure, pan stereo signals, adjust Smart Speaker modes, and perform system-wide optimization.



If users add StageSource L3s subwoofers, the system automatically sends them the summed signals and sets the crossovers. When combined, Line 6 live sound products form an intelligent ecosystem.

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ARCS WIFO


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L-Acoustics ARCS WIDE and ARCS FOCUS constant curvature WST line source systems are designed for medium-throw applications in rental productions and fixed installations. These line sources deliver acoustic properties for church installations, including front-of-house, L/R systems for live music reproduction and central clusters dedicated to speech reinforcement.


The ARCS WIDE or ARCS FOCUS line sources provide high SPL with quality acoustic coupling, a solid LF performance, and constant tonal balance over distance. Each system can be deployed as a horizontal array or as a vertical array. In the coupling plane, the ARCS WIDE and ARCS FOCUS  yield a sharp directivity pattern, particularly valuable to sector audience fields. In the other plane, both systems provide a 90-degree smooth symmetric directivity pattern.



The ARCS WIDE is suited to achieve extensive coverage with few elements. The total coverage angle of an ARCS WIDE line source is proportional to the number N of enclosures in the array (i.e., N x 30 degrees). The ARCS FOCUS line source focuses the same acoustic energy within half of the coverage angle (i.e. N x 15 degrees).



The ARCS WIDE and ARCS FOCUS can also be deployed in “WIFO” hybrid arrays for complex audience geometries. The dual directivity pattern and the various system configurations offer flexibility. Before installation, all these configurations can be acoustically and mechanically Lmodeled with the SOUNDVISION 3D simulation software.

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P-Series P-1500X & P1800SX


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The Cerwin-Vega! P-Series loudspeakers include the P1500X 1500-watt 15-inch two-way full-range powered speaker and the P1800SX 2000-watt 18-inch powered subwoofer. The P1500X is made of a high-density ABS polymer, and the P1800SX sports a rugged, wooden enclosure.


Both models feature custom-designed metal grills for high performance and lightweight Class-D power amplifiers. Both models carry a street price below $1,000.



The P1500X powered speaker includes a proprietary hemi-conical horn that provides wide, smooth sound coverage. Paired with a rugged 15-inch woofer, this loudspeaker is well-suited for the majority of church sound reinforcement applications, such as flown installation, main speaker, stage monitor, and portable PA for mobile churches.



The P1500X offer flexibility via an integrated three-channel mixer and a combination of TRS and XLR inputs and outputs. In addition to the VEGA Bass Boost switch, the P1500X has an Enhanced EQ switch that attenuates the midrange for improved highs and lows. A High Pass Filter switch is provided when the P1500X is used in conjunction with a powered subwoofer, such as the Cerwin-Vega! P1800SX.



The 2000-Watt P1800SX powered subwoofer employs a front-firing bass design. It comes with two channels of Neutrk combination XLR-1/4-inch input jacks plus XLR THRU and LINK outputs for use with other powered loudspeakers or subwoofers.



Additional controls include a VEGA Bass Boost switch, Polarity Reverse switch for flexible set-up, and a HPF THRU & LPF SUB switch for use of the P1800SX with other loudspeakers.

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QR24 Column Loudspeaker


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The QR24 is a modular two-way column loudspeaker for use in vertical array systems (permanent and limited portable applications).


It combines a natural, dynamic sound reproduction with intelligibility — even in acoustically challenging environments. The symmetrical acoustic design, in combination with the horizontal dispersion of the RBN HF drivers, offers horizontal pattern control. This widens the “stereo sweet spot” for the off-axis-positioned audience.



By using just two RBN drivers, the system’s active frontal radiation produces controlled vertical dispersion. This controlled (cylindrical) projection can be extended down to the lower frequencies by enlarging the array length via extra QR/QM modules (extending the “near field”).



The passive filtering enables multiple modules to be combined on one amplifier channel with up to three units.



Each purpose-designed 12-inch RBN driver has a peak power handling of 2.000W (200 msec), creating a system headroom of 4.000W from 1kHz up. Together with the high acoustical output, the system enables high-SPL sound-reinforcement performance.



The QR24 is powered and controlled by the ALC amplified loudspeaker controller. Through the integrated processing and feedback, the ALC offers QR24-specific drive processing.



The Signal Integrity Sensing pre-wiring ensures cable/connector compensation between the QR24 and ALC. This provides a 1:1, undistorted natural sound reproduction regardless of cable length and amplifier impedance load (down to 2 ohms).

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PMC16 Personal Monitor Controller


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The PMC16 is a 16-channel, personal monitor controller. Whether using headphones, in-ear monitors, powered monitors, or traditional wedge monitors, performers can use PMC16 to control a personalized stage monitor mix.


Using BLU link, the PMC16 is capable of receiving up to 16 channels (out of a possible 256) of high-resolution digital audio via CAT5e cable. The PMC16 comprises a 16-channel mixer section with full control of levels, panning, effect send levels, muting, and soloing.



The PMC16’s output processing section includes stereo width control, wedge monitor compensation EQ, high and low master EQ, master-level control, and dbx limiting,



The PMC16 also offers built-in Lexicon courtesy reverb as well as a setup wizard, full 16 channel mixer level metering, channel grouping, 16 preset locations for future recall of mixes, and an intuitive user interface.





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Yamaha StageMix 4.0


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The Yamaha M7CL StageMix application for the iPad enables wireless remote control of M7CL mixing parameters. The combination of the iPad interface and StageMix concept provide unprecedented monitor setup. Versions for the Yamaha LS9 and CL Series have also been released.


The latest updates to StageMix are available in StageMix Version 4. Among the enhancements are dynamics parameter editing, output port delay editing, output port levels (gain/attenuation), PEQ copy and paste, phantom power switching, mix send pre/post switching, HPF slope parameter (CL V1.5 only), and retina display.





StageMix Version 4 works with Yamaha CL, M7CL, and LS9 Series Consoles and bring house of worship audio engineers more convenience and efficiency for contemporary and traditional applications.



Yamaha StageMix Version 4 is available from the Apple iTunes Store as a free upgrade.



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Si Performer


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Married to a DMX 512 controller, the Soundcraft Si Performer can employ motorized faders and the Soundcraft FaderGlow for a console automation system and flexible automated lighting controller. It offers save-and-recall settings, enabling lighting settings to be built once and recalled as needed.


The Si Performer 2 features 24 recallable mic pre amps (32 on Si Performer 3) plus eight stereo returns, AES in, one 64x64 expansion slot, and another 64x32 expansion slot — these expansion slots enable churches to design and manage comprehensive systems to include remote I/O and multitrack recording. The console can manage up to 80 inputs in a mix. Each input channel has dedicated processing for high pass filter, input delay, gate, compressor, and parametric EQ.



All Si Performer consoles have busses and output processing. The 14 aux/group mixes can be configured as 14 mono mixes or eight mono plus six stereo mixes while the matrix mixes can be mono or stereo as needed. The bus and matrix mixes are complemented with four mix busses dedicated to the internal Lexicon FX processors and left, right, and center busses with options for mixing left/right + mono/center or left/center/right. Each bus features a compressor, four band fully parametric EQ, BSS graphic EQ, and delay.



To complement the channel and bus processing, the Si Performer consoles integrate four Stereo Lexicon FX processors based on the MX400, user adjustable parameters, and dedicated tap-tempo keys. As the FX are hardware based, use of all the effects does not affect the processing in any way. All dynamics, PEQ, and all bands of all 31 graphic EQs are available all of the time.

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Roland M-200i Digital Console


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The Roland M-200i is a compact digital mixing solution takes iPad control to new heights. The Roland USB Connect adapter, wireless LAN, or the supplied multi-pin cable, together with the free iPad app, enable all key aspects of the M-200i mixing and control parameters to be controlled from anywhere in the church. This includes not only the typical Preamp control, pan, high pass filters, and extensive PEQ and GEQ control, but also the ability to store and recall scenes, adjust compressors and gates, and effect editing and other controls.


The M-200i is a 32-channel mixer with 17 motorized faders, eight AUX, four Matrix, eight DCAs, 24 physical inputs, and 14 outputs. The M-200i can also mix in audio sources from the USB port. If you don’t have an iPad available, the console is fully controllable via the built-in LCD screen as well as buttons to navigate all the mixing parameters.



The M-200i includes a Roland Ethernet Audio Communication (REAC) port, providing expandability options that include multi-channel playback/recording, remote inputs, and personal mixing system. The REAC port can expand the number of physical inputs by connecting one of the popular Digital Snakes heads, such as the S-1608 (a 16-input, eight-output box, connected via a single, inexpensive Cat5e/6 cable.



The REAC port provides live multi-channel recording using SONAR Essential, which is a free download with M-200i registration. The Roland M-200i also supports the M-48 Personal Mixing System.

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StageScape M20d


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The Line 6 StageScape M20d digital mixing console streamlines and accelerates the process of getting great live sound. Massive DSP power delivers comprehensive professional audio processing on every channel, including multi-band feedback suppression. Multi-channel recording, remote control capabilities via one or more iPad devices, and pristine audio quality make the StageScape M20d an ideal mixing solution for houses of worship.




An visual mixing system replaces the traditional mixer channel strip with touchscreen control. In Perform Mode, a graphic display of the stage setup uses icons to represent each performer or input. Color-coded encoders provide immediate access to level control. A single touch on a performer’s icon gives access to all parameters relating to that channel, from basic tweaks to deep effects editing.



The audio signal chain can be controlled via an innovative X-Y tweak pad. Users simply drag a finger toward common sound descriptors like “bright” or “dark” and multiple parameters adjust simultaneously to achieve that sound. Deep Edit mode gives more experienced operators access to every effect parameter via a familiar plug-in style interface.



StageScape M20d streamlines setup with auto-sensing mic and line inputs and outputs that can detect when a connection is made and automatically configure the channel gain, EQ, effects, and routing.



A host of recording options are also available. StageScape M20d provides multi-channel recording in high-resolution, 24-bit WAV files to SD card, USB drive, or direct to computer, enabling musicians to capture rehearsals and performances.



StageScape M20d features professional-grade effects on each channel, including fully parametric EQs, multi-band compressors, feedback suppression, and more. In addition, four master stereo effects engines are available, comprising studio-quality reverbs, delays, and a vocal doubler.



Musicians can control the mixer from any location by using one or more iPad devices with StageScape M20d. This makes it possible to set individual monitor mixes from the stage or to adjust the front-of-house mix from any location inside the venue.



Equipped with the L6 LINK digital networking protocol, StageScape M20d enables musicians to configure and control complete PA systems of any scale. Connect StageScape M20d to L6 LINK-enabled StageSource speakers and the system automatically configures stereo signals and effects, sets individual component levels, and adjusts individual speaker performance.



When connected via L6 LINK, StageScape M20d and StageSource speakers are capable of unparalleled power and flexibility. Together, they redefine the typical mixer-speaker paradigm to introduce a smarter live sound experience in which the live rig is a complete, intelligent ecosystem rather than a linear combination of components.



Intelligence is built into each aspect of StageScape M20d. From auto-sensing inputs that configure channel DSP processing strips to professionally crafted audio processing presets, StageScape M20d provides a fast path to great live sound.

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S3L System


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Avid’s S3L live sound system offers a high-performance, HDX-powered processing engine running AAX plug-ins, scalable remote I/O VENUE and Pro Tools software, and an ultra-compact control surface.


The S3L System offers a modular, open-networked architecture, with a fault-tolerant Gigabit Ethernet network to connect all devices for performance and flexibility.



The modular architecture enables houses of worship to scale the system. For example, users can go from 16 I/O channels with one Stage 16 box up to 64 channels with four. The I/O can be distributed as needed throughout the facility for maximum flexibility, up to 328 feet (100 meters) from the mix position. These I/O boxes can be daisy-chained to create a reliable, redundant, self-healing network ring with the engine and with Ethernet AVB connectivity — all that’s needed are lightweight, inexpensive Cat5e cables.



The S3L live sound system also incorporates such innovations as Ethernet AVB, HDX-powered, floating-point processing, integrated AAX plug-ins, and EUCON support. It features professional-grade I/O, transparent preamps and premium signal paths to deliver exceptional sound.



The system directly supports Avid’s AAX plug-ins, effectively replacing bulky outboard gear and cumbersome external plug-in servers.

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Digital Mixer


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Qu-16 is a compact, 19-inch rack-mountable digital mixer. Inheriting technology from the GLD and iLive digital mixing systems (both of which are popular choices for houses of worship), the Qu-16 features total recall of settings — 17 motorized faders and digitally controlled preamps — an intuitive touchscreen, Qu-Drive-integrated multi-track recorder, dSNAKE for remote I/O and personal monitoring, multi-channel USB streaming to Mac, Qu-Pad control app, and iLive’s FX library.


Qu-16 features 16 mic/line inputs, three stereo inputs, four FX engines with dedicated stereo returns, 14 mixes, 12 mix processing channels, patchable AES digital output with a 2-channel ALT output, dedicated Talkback input, and two-track output.



The Qu-16 offers the ability to save and recall settings, including fader position and preamp gain. Motorized faders provide total recall of mix levels.



Qu-16’s interface is designed for intuitive operation. A high-resolution color touchscreen provides access to channel processing, FX, and setup and system management controls. There is also a SuperStrip of knobs for hands-on control of a selected channel’s key processing parameters, such as gain, HPF, parametric EQ, gate threshold, compressor threshold, and pan.



 Qu-Drive, the mixer’s integrated USB recorder, makes it easier for houses of worship to make music or services available online or on CD. Qu-Drive works with an external USB drive and can record and playback multi-track and stereo audio .wav files without the hassle of adjusting DAW or driver settings.



Allen & Heath’s proprietary dSNAKE low-latency audio connection enables the mixer to connect over a single 120m Cat5 digital snake to a remote audio rack and is also compatible with Allen & Heath’s ME personal mixing system. The ME system enables musicians to control monitor headphones, which in turn enables the engineer to concentrate on the auditorium sound and increasing intelligibility by cutting onstage noise from wedge monitors.



Other useful tools include an integrated RTA spectrum analyzer to detect and prevent feedback noises on stage and a free QuPad iPad app for instant wireless control of the mixer’s key parameters and settings.



Qu-16 also contains sixteen AnaLOGIQ total recall pad-less preamps, optimized for transparency and low-harmonic distortion. The Qu-16 is also equipped with many of the iLive pro touring series’ FX emulations, used by engineers in place of top-end plug-ins and external FX units.

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DriveCore Install Series


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The DriveCore Install series from Crown International is based on proprietary and patented Harman DriveCore technology. These PWM technology-enabled products employ the latest in Class D amplifier topologies. The DriveCore Install series includes:













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Bose® RoomMatch® Asymmetrical Array Module Loudspeakers


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Bose RoomMatch asymmetrical array modules expand the original 20 RoomMatch full-range array modules with the addition of 22 different horizontally asymmetrical coverage patterns. Eleven left and right pairs provide 22 horizontally asymmetrical coverage patterns, improving sound quality by reducing side-wall reflections in many room shapes found in the church market.


These asymmetrical patterns can improve stereo soundstage effects when used in left/right pairs and left/center/right arrays. The large-format waveguides available in these asymmetrical coverage patterns control coverage down to 800 Hz. This, in turn, improves vocal clarity by reducing room reflections in the critical 1-4 kHz vocal intelligibility frequency range.



Benefits for houses of worship include spoken-word clarity with seat-to-seat consistency and quality performance for live music.

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FSR T6 FLEX


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The T6 FLEX from FSR is a small, affordable solution that merges a flexible touchscreen control system with an elegant table box. It provides churches varying sizes fingertip control over nearly every aspect of the sanctuary. 


Encased in an elegant and convenient housing at an appealing price point, the T6 FLEX enables worship facilities to control various AV equipment other devices, such as screens and shades. It can also serve larger installations as an auxiliary controller for the switcher, the control point for remote pan/tilt/zoom cameras. The system’s features, along with its ability to control a full-range of AV equipment, makes it ideal for classrooms and children’s ministry areas as well. 



The control system’s touchscreen is housed in the hinged top of a T6 Series table box. When closed, the T6 FLEX provides an elegant and stylish appearance and the control system is out of sight. When open, the touchscreen is easily accessible, as are the interior compartments that can be populated with a variety of AC, audio, video, and data connector plates available from FSR. 



The T6 FLEX’s touchscreen is designed to enable volunteer operators to operate the various installations around the campus. Should they need assistance, the technical or AV director can remotely operate the system using Flex Remote, a software application available for Windows, Windows8, Window RT, Windows Phone, Android devices, iPad, and iPhone.



The T6 FLEX installations throughout the campus can be centrally monitored using Flex Manager, a Windows-based application that tracks the current status of each T6 FLEX and provides usage information, projector lamp life monitoring, remote control, and advanced scheduling.



The T6 FLEX features four serial ports, four IR ports (each able to control up to four devices), four GPIO ports, an IP port, built-in clock/calendar with scheduler, multi command scripting, conditionality, and Power over Ethernet.



The T6 mounts in a 6-inch hole and is available with either a square or round cover in black, aluminum, or brass finishes. It includes three AC outlets that can either terminate in a standard Edison plug or in a wire harness suitable for hardwiring.

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Radius Pipe & Drape 2.0


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From Radius Display Products, Pipe & Drape 2.0 is a staging product designed to prolong the life of the pipe and of the drape. It can be integrated into existing pipe and base systems, replacing the typical “hook and slot” linkage. This reduces setup and dismantle labor, and it creates attachment points along the drape line for such items as lights, exit signs, small speakers, and cameras.


Pipe & Drape 2.0 is particularly beneficial to churches. Since the system makes a drape line multi-functional, it can eliminate the need for additional hardware, such as a bulky truss that is expensive to install.

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NT-BAC/IP


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The NT-BAC/IP BACnet-IP gateway from Network Thermostat is an installation solution for HVAC control and energy management within worship facilities. 


The NT-BAC/IP bridge integrates Net/X HVAC controls with any BACnet building automation systems (BAS). The NT-BAC/IP connects directly to any one of four powerful Net/X platforms and translates the information to BACnet/IP, adding BAS support for all Net/X thermostats, remote sensors, and programmable relays. 



 Worship facilities can manage HVAC systems and save energy dollars with any of four NetworkThermostat platforms, including system-programmable wired XBusTM or wireless StrongMeshTM systems, or independent, stand-alone programmable Ethernet or Wi-Fi thermostat platforms. 



The NT-BAC/IP includes auto discovery and point mapping of each Net/X device. When integrating with the Net/X system-programmable XBusTM (Wired) or StrongMeshTM (Wireless) solutions, it’s as simple as plugging the NT-BAC/IP into the LAN, entering the IP address of the Net/X system scheduler (the NT-IPXB), and connecting the BAS via Ethernet. The NT-BAC/IP does the rest. Also, the NT-IPXB system scheduler includes a Net/X exclusive BAS system failsafe override. This feature enables the BAS system to control the HVAC systems unless the NT-IPXB does not receive a “BACnet active” response, whereby the NT-IPXB resumes as the primary HVAC scheduler and runs the HVAC systems accordingly. 



The NT-BAC/IP also integrates seamlessly with the Net/X Ethernet (Wired) & Wi-Fi (Wireless) thermostat solutions with embedded Web server and schedules. These solutions accommodate seven-day schedules, with four events per day as well as a single calendar-based vacation schedule. Worship facilities can use the NT-BAC/IP with these solutions to integrate with the BAS system while retaining all of the functionality of the stand-alone Ethernet or Wi-Fi products. 



The NT-BAC/IP enables the BAS system to send and control schedules, yet still gives the user access to the thermostats via PC, Mac, tablet, or smart phone for instantaneous overrides or for configuration of email and text message alerts directly from the thermostats. Alerts include filter change reminders, excessive temperature notifications, and an Inefficient Equipment Run alert. In total, there are 16 different alerts that can be configured.

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Haiku Ceiling Fan


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When it comes to ceiling fans, everything about Haiku is different. Haiku is an innovation from The Big Fan Company. It features airfoils that connect directly to the center of the fan and feature an aerodynamic profile for smooth, silent airflow.


Haiku sports Sensorless Drive Technology, which The Big Fan Company says delivers an 80 percent energy efficiency over conventional ceiling fan motors. The Haiku also features ten different settings, including the proprietary “Whoosh” mode, a feature that employs an algorithm simulating variations of natural breezes.



Handcrafted of five layers of sustainable bamboo or durable glass-infused matrix composite, finished with three coats of automotive-grade finish, Haiku’s Thin Sheet airfoils are held to the highest standards. Airfoils undergo multiple quality inspections, and every Haiku undergoes a 13-step balancing process to ensure no fan will rattle or wobble.



Haiku is ranked by ENERGY STAR as an efficient ceiling fan. Typical residential ceiling fans require 90 W to 110 W of electrical input power, while Haiku uses only 2 W to 30 W, depending on speed setting. In a typical year, Haiku would use about 50 kWh for a cost of roughly $5.



Haiku is ideal for places of worship, as its silent operation won’t distract from or disrupt services and its sleek look fits into contemporary and traditional churches alike.

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Bose® PowerMatch® Configurable Professional Power Amplifiers


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Bose PowerMatch amplifiers are designed for fixed-installation sound reinforcement systems in the church market. They provide a range of configurable options with built-in DSP.


Available in four models, each with different channel and power capacities, product selection is simplified around channel count and total power. PowerMatch amplifiers offer flat frequency response and low distortion regardless of output level, resulting in low THD and wide dynamic range. This sound quality is achieved via a proprietary design that combines Class-D amplification with a dual feedback circuit that continuously monitors and controls both the current and voltage delivered to the loudspeakers.



 Use of the Bose PeakBank power supply gives the PowerMatch line improved bass transient response and an output capacity well above that of conventional Class-D amplifiers.



QuadBridge output technology is able to drive low impedance loads, 70V/100V loads, or a combination of the two while allocating output power between all available output channels. All PowerMatch amplifiers can be configured using ControlSpace Designer software, a suite of system design and monitoring features that include a load sweep measurement tool, local and remote reporting of fault alarms, detailed metering and adjustment capabilities, and an energy-saving Auto-Standby/Auto-Wake function.



The PowerMatch line of amplifiers provide a comprehensive set of built-in features including an audio DSP, front panel interface with LCD for localized status indication and basic configuration, and a card slot for optional digital audio expansion.



All of these features and benefits combine to enable houses of worship to create performance-minded custom solutions.

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Incito, LED downlight


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Gotham Incito LED downlights from Acuity Brands offer energy-efficient and reliable downlighting that is ideal for the varying needs of worship facilities. From traditional services to contemporary productions, Incito LED downlights combine solid-state efficiency with precise beam spreads, multiple options for light output, and dependable color consistency to handle a wide range of lighting scenarios. 


Incito LED downlights provide lighting designers the freedom to specify a single LED luminaire system featuring more than 2,000 different performance combinations. They integrate with controls to enhance the multiple functions of rooms or church productions. They can also affect the mood of various activities including sermons or praise music, as church facilities that film or live-stream services can achieve enhanced lighting for video with optical performance and a diversity of beamspread options from 20 degree to 70 degrees in 5 degree increments.



Incito LED boasts recessed downlights as well as surface-, wall-, and pendant-mounted cylinder configurations to accommodate the varying architecture in worship facilities. The invisible edge and optical performance enhance lighting in facilities looking to achieve traditional stage lighting or theatrical lighting. Lumen packages range from 500 to 6500 lumens across two aperture sizes (four inches and six inches), and color temperatures range from 2700K to 4000K.



With instantaneous dimming capabilities, color quality, high efficacy, and a variety of lumen packages, designers can configure luminaires for 12- to 100-foot ceiling heights. Incito LED downlights are fully digitally addressable with a smooth dimming curve down to 1 percent through DMX/RDM, DALI, or nLight controls.

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Custom Networking Environment Available For Pastors At WFX 2013

Goff Companies to create exclusive lounge experience


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Worship Facilities Conference and Expo (WFX) has announced that Goff Companies, a leading strategic consultant and church building firm for churches on ministry, growth and construction, will create a custom networking environment for pastors at WFX 2013 in Dallas.  

“Goff Companies is a valued and well respected partner with WFX and their support for creating an innovative and high quality environment for pastors to relax, network and learn is as exciting for us as it will be for those who are going to use it,” says Jim Wagner, General Manager, WFX. “The approach Goff Companies takes to understanding and meeting needs of churches is the same approach they have taken with WFX in creating this new feature. We’re proud to partner with a quality organization like Goff Companies and look forward to unveiling the Pastor’s Lounge in Dallas.” 

WFX also released details on this year’s sponsored Hands-On-Training Labs, scheduled to take place October 2-4, 2013. 

WFX 2013 will feature more than 50 Hands-On Training Labs sponsored by leading manufacturers in the industry. These workshops are not product demonstrations; they are classes taught by experts and designed to educate attendees on how to use the latest technology in their ministries.  Hands-On-Training Labs are sponsorsed by All Pro Sound, Barco, Chauvet Lighting, Digital Studio labs, My Church Live.TV, Panasonic, Philips, Pivitec, Planning Center, Soundcraft, UStream and Yamaha.

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WFX 2013 Preview: Facilities Budgeting For The Small To Medium Size Church

How to plan, justify, and save money


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Scott Wilson, Trustee Chairman for Wayne United Methodist Church, will present the basics of planning an annual budget to manage the care and feeding of any small to medium sized church infrastructure. Each attendee will receive a useful list of the top 10 cost saving ideas to help drive down utility costs. We will discuss why communications within your church are key to successful planning. In addition, participants will learn how to get started ‘building” a reliable budget plan.

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 10:30—11:30 am

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What A Concept! It Was A Great Plan—Until It Wasn’t…


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How we look at a situation when plans change makes all the difference


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By Mike Sessler

You know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men. It’s not uncommon for plans to change. Sometimes, a project we’ve put a lot of time an energy into planning gets cut. Or the person we thought we were going to hire takes another job; or the budget gets cut and you can’t do it. There are many such situations we’ll likely face as technical leaders. It happens to all of us, and it happened to me a few weeks ago.

This summer, we were planning on building a new tech booth. It was to be beautiful; two station deep and two stations wide, with plenty of interconnectivity, tie lines and lovely new furniture. And it would be on the floor of the room—where the people sit. What a concept. It was a great plan. Until it wasn’t. 

The day the project was to begin, it was put on hold indefinitely. There were multiple reasons for this, which I won’t go into here. However, it hit me broadside and threw us all for a loop for a bit. I decided—probably wisely—not to write about it until now, after I’ve had some time to process. As I’ve talked it through with several people I trust to tell me the truth, I have walked away from that experience with some insights that may be helpful when this happens to you.

It’s OK To Feel Hurt

I’m not going to lie, I was pretty upset when the project was scrubbed. And I think that’s a perfectly acceptable initial response. I had spent a good 100 hours on the design, thinking through everything I could think of, not only in the physical construction, but in how it would be wired and connected. I had invested significant, and I mean significant amounts of mental and emotional energy into the project. And when it was shut down, it hurt. But notice I said “initial response.” 

While it is OK for it to hurt for a while, we need to work through the offense and move forward. If we stay offended and hurt, our work, health and family will suffer. We simply can’t stay mad about our project being cut. Get upset, talk it through, process with people you trust, then forgive and move on. It’s the only way you’ll be able to stay in this for the long haul—because believe me, it will happen again. 

So how do we move past this? I think a big part of it is in how we look at things.

See The Big Picture

In this case, it was clear the project had to be put on hold. In light of some other plans that are being developed, it made no sense to move forward with a new tech booth before that other stuff is worked out. So while I hated to see my project shelved, it was the best decision for the church.

And that’s one thing that we always have to keep in mind; what is the best decision for the entire church, not just our ministry, department or personal preference. The old saw, “You can’t always get what you want,” is true in ministry as much as it is anywhere. We have to maintain the ability to step back from the hurt, from the disappointment and see how things fit into the bigger picture.

Even if we can’t see it now, we have to trust God to weave it all together for good. When I was downsized a little over four years ago, I knew it was the best thing for the church, even if I couldn’t see how it would be good for me. A few months later, I was moving to the best weather in the country and near to one of my best friends. And we’ve had a great time these last four years! 

But that’s not all. Sometimes, if we look, there is a hidden silver lining in the disappointment. 

Look For The Upside

Though we may have to look from another angle to see it, there is often an upside. As I wrote last time, I got to take a vacation in the summer for the first time in a long time. Since I had scheduled my whole August around building a tech booth, when that stopped, why look at all those free dates on the calendar! I have the vacation time, so off I went. 

In 2009, being downsized lead to a great break in my routine; I was able to take almost two months off to rest, look for a new job and move. I also ended up in my current situation, which has provided me with some great opportunities. And I no longer see −10° on the thermometer in January…

When things don’t go the way you planned, remember, it’s OK to be upset, but then we have to move on. See the big picture and look for the upside. And trust fully in God; none of this is a surprise to Him. What does he have waiting for you now? It could be even better than you dreamed.

Mike Sessler is the Technical Director at Coast Hills Community Church in Aliso Viejo, CA. He has been involved in live production for over 20 years and is the author of the blog Church Tech Arts . He also hosts a weekly podcast called Church Tech Weekly on the TechArtsNetwork.

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WFX 2013 Preview: Seven Keys To An Online Presence That Get Results

85 percent of people visit your website before attending your church


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Did you know that 85 percent of people visit your website before attending your church in person? Once visitors land on your site, you have 7 seconds to capture their attention. At the WFX 2013 show in Dallas, Anthony Carrano, Present of Ingnite 360/faithHighway, will expand on seven keys concepts of online presence that will help you engage web visitors and lead them to your front door. Areas of coverage include information, technical, multimedia, content, graphics, visibility and leverage.

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 3:45—4:45 pm

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Who Will Train The Technical Crew?

Ideas on ensuring the right knowledge and skillset


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By Gary Zandstra

One of the most discussed topics in the world of church sound and A/V is training. Integrators are installing more sophisticated and complex systems as more churches are incorporating A/V and production into their weekly services. Churches spending big dollars on these installs are expecting big results.  

But a big problem rears it ugly head as volunteers will little or no training try to operate these highly technical systems.

Whose Problem Is It?

The technical advancements that have happened in the church market over the last 20 years have been astounding.  

The average church has gone from a six/eight channel mixer to 32 channels, and from maybe one wireless lavelier microphone to eight or more wireless systems of different types. The most profound change has been the move from piano, organ and a single “minister of music” leading worship to a much more contemporary worship style.  

Today, fir a typical worship service, it’s common to find a worship team consisting of four or more vocalists, worship leader, guitars (electric, acoustic and bass), keyboards, piano, and drums. This can also include a flute player, violinist, and even a brass section.  

Yes the typical worship has changed. Now add in to this the drama productions with four/five actors and numerous sound effects.  At times, a church can look and fell more like a cross between Broadway, a touring concert and a motivational seminar.  

I’m not going to go on and on with a dialogue as to what is proper and appropriate in this regard—it’s something for each congregation to decide based on their mission and calling.  

The point I’m focusing on is that in 20 or so short years, the church has had an expectation placed on it to provide relevant, entertaining, uplifting preplanned programming. And with commensurate production quality to match.

The A/V industry has not necessarily had a great track record on training the end-user. In fact, it doesn’t even have a great track record of training its own people. Up until recently, and the attempt at NICET certification and now C-EST, the industry was primarily made up of home-grown, self-taught personnel. I would even argue that it’s still that way because many integrators do not take advantage of the training offered by Industry associations like NSCA.  

In addition, a decent percentage of integrators installing systems in churches have no real experience in what the demands of a production-orientated church service actually are.

A friend of mine who has been a worship leader at churches that have spent millions of dollars on technical equipment stated: “It (mixing for church) is not like mixing for a two-hour rock concert. You have a worship team, band, sometimes orchestra, the spoken word, video elements, lots of transitions, drama, loud moments, quiet moments, even silence…and then to top it off you have unpaid volunteers who are the talent on the stage.” 

I would add to that in most cases you also have an unpaid volunteer at the mix position.

I find it astounding that a church has no problem investing $250,000 sometimes over $500,000 on A/V systems (sound, theatrical lighting and video) and does not even consider hiring someone to run and maintain it.  

Every church that I’ve had the opportunity to work with has had a least one paid music person on staff. And often there was a whole department that included worship leaders, orchestra director, choir directors and producers. Yet these same churches who pride themselves on the quality of the music and production can’t even find in their bloated budget enough money to hire a quality person that will be the conduit to reproducing and pulling together the quality music and production.

How Can It Be Solved?

It can be easy to sit back and point out a problem, but it gets a bit more difficult when you have to put together a solution to the problem.  

Before stating a solution a plethora of questions can be asked:

—Why are the Christian colleges and music schools not offering degrees in technical ministry?

—Why are there not more vocational schools that offer training?

—Why does the A/V industry not offer end-user training?

—Why is the not a training school like the recording industry has?

Why? Or Why ask Why?

The technical knowledge deficit that exists today is a result of many factors that include the rapidity that the church has adopted technology. One is the ignorance or misunderstanding of what it requires to operate and maintain technical systems. Another is integrators selling systems they claim are easy to operate, and then providing minimal or no training. 

Yet another is that volunteers at a church turn over often; an operator who was trained is no longer involved and does not pass the knowledge on to others (or passes on incorrect or confusing information). Also, the church is filled with “experts”—for example, the guy who works for the cable TV company as an installer so therefore is an authority on church sound and is too arrogant to seek training or input for qualified individuals.  

What is needed to fill the gap? First of all, churches must take responsibility and be willing to fund training resources. This could include hosting seminars, paying experts to come on site to do training, paying for technicians to go to seminars, and purchasing books and materials that are relevant. 

This is common sense stuff; would you buy a car if you did not know how to drive? So why do so many churches purchase technical systems with no clue how to operate them?

Second, system integrators need to step in a provide adequate training. If the integrator is qualified to install the system then the integrator should be responsible for training on the system. 

One of my favorite arguments for design/build contracting is that if the integrator properly designs the system, properly installs the system and then properly trains the end-user, whose problem is it if the system does not work?

In my opinion, an integrator in a design-build scenario should offer, at a minimum, a one-year no fault warranty on a system. Barring the proverbial “act of God” there should be no labor or equipment charge to remedy any problem that arises, even if it is operator error. After all, it was the integrator who trained the users.

Third, the industry and its associations should seek avenues to provide end-user education and training.  

An educated end-user makes wiser choices in selecting integrators and equipment resulting in better installations. In addition a trained end-user would serve to raise the over all sound quality and consistency that the general public experiences.

Who Is Going To Take The Lead?

We all like to point out problems but who is going to step up and offer solutions?  Perhaps it will come through the church.  

Networks of churches, whether denomination or style based, are already in existence. It maybe that groups will form and churches will train other churches. Maybe the industry will formulate sanctioned end-user training through one of the associations, like the C-EST training offered to installers. 

Most likely a passion driven integrator or megachurch technical director will develop a curriculum that is web based or video based that will serve to educate system operators.

The well known saying “it’s the service after the sale” that matters applies well here. If the church is the customer, then it’s time for the integrator and the industry to stand up and service the daylight out of the customer!

Finally, before signing off, I should also mention that there exist resources like the How-To Sound workshops that the end-user can bring to their area to provide comprehensive training, which currently help to bridge the gap in this education divide.

Gary Zandstra is a professional AV systems integrator with Parkway Electric and has been involved with sound at his church for more than 25 years.

 

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WFX 2013 Preview: Crisis Management At Your Church

Thwart the threat and turn it into an opportunity to strengthen your organization


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A crisis is a reputation-defining event in the life of your organization. It’s an unpredictable event that thrusts your organization into the spotlight. It presents danger that threatens the organization, and at the same time, opportunity that can strengthen and infuse new life into the organization. 

At the upcoming WFX 2013 show in Dallas, Kenn Dixon, Senior Pastor/Communication & Media/PR Director, Southwest Region Conferce of Seventh-day Adventists, will present an informative session that will help you  prepare for the inevitable crisis, how to manage it and how to re-brand after it happens

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 10:30—11:30 am

Find out more by viewing the video below, and go here to find out more about attending WFX 2013 Dallas.

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Ask Rick: The Balance Between Investing In People And Equipment


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Question from Steve serving in New York: It’s budget decision time again at our fairly large church. Every year we face the same question: how do you balance between investing in equipment and investing in people, between upgrading the technical aspects of weekend services and footing the bill for attending conferences, buying training materials or even adding a staff position? Thanks for your help.

Rick Muchow: “Develop your business first before building your house.” Proverbs 24:27 NLT. The front door to your house of worship is the effectiveness of your service: sound, look, feel. We really need both the people and the equipment, so balancing is a great way to put it. Start by looking at what you have: equipment/capital expenditures AND human resources.

 

Investing in people is easy to overlook. It is essential to build into your people. Over a long period of time you’ll reap benefits. Equipment is in the instant gratification department, and the value works in reverse of people. The benefits of equipment depreciate over time. Good equipment can attract good talent and make everyone sound their best. High caliber musicians can require better gear, just as the needs of a quarter horse are different from those of a plow horse. You will not win a race with a plow horse, but you will also not see realize the full potential of a quarter horse without the proper support.

 

How do we balance these needs? A common mistake is to over estimate the value of what money can do for you, in either area. None of us have budgets large enough to leave us room to misspend the resources we have stewardship over. Here’s my experience in working this balance.

 

Establish a minimum equipment level and only buy what you need. Use what you buy. Don’t fall prey to the pull of instant gratification when reviewing gear. Use experts to help you, but at the same time be wary of a sound guy wearing a tie! If you cant’ tell the difference between a $500 and a $5000 microphone, the get the $500 mic. It’s likely to meet your needs better. Once you have your minimum equipment, then budgeting for equipment is based on maintenance and reasonable upgrades.

 

When I came to Saddleback, the first thing I fixed was the dysfunctional P.A. system. The criteria I used for replacing the system was simple: “What do we need to make our system effective?” We had a band and three singers. We needed a mixer large enough for our mic inputs. We had a 1,500-person capacity room. We needed speakers and power amps to cover the room with our music style. We needed something to elevate the speakers. There were many options, but I went with the necessities. I could have patterned our system after Michael W. Smith’s or any artist’s system, but that’s not what we needed. Most importantly I enlisted an expert to advise me.

 

Maximize your human resources after reaching your minimum equipment needs. Many people overlook human resources in their budgeting. At Saddleback, we have full time staff, half time staff, quarter time staff and volunteers. How we invest in our people is very important. Some people go to seminary, others to seminars. Make sure to have criteria when investing in personal skills development for your people. Determine before the conference what you are expecting your people to get out of the seminar, series, videos, conferences, etc.?

 

One formula is to make sure no more than 50 percent of your budget is spent on personnel, which frees you up to do something in capital expenditures or programming. Different churches have different needs. If the minimum equipment needs haven’t been met, then that’s the first step. Then it’s an ongoing effort to achieve the right balance. Don’t forget to add the human resources of the volunteers into your budget equation. It takes faith, skill and perseverance to build a ministry. It’s much easier to hire than to develop volunteers to do the ministry. God wants His church to be involved in ministry and has given gifts to the Body to do the work of the ministry. Don’t fall into the trap of hiring too quickly.

 

For those of you in small churches with limited resources you really have to trust God. If you think you don’t have enough money, really the fact is nobody does. Take hope that the answer is Jesus, not more money. The power is not in the buck, the power is in the Blood. God is able and is our provider. He is great at His job of running the universe. No matter how much money you have, balancing priorities in spending is like balancing anything else. 

We all start at one focal point. We commit to the center. That is why it is so important to have clear vision and a shared philosophy of ministry. Without them you will have a conflicting set of priorities. A budget is a reflection of priorities. Take advantage of the budget process by reviewing your churches philosophy of ministry, mission and vision with your leadership. Understanding nurtures unity. Once we come to agreement on priorities, the budget process is easier. The way we choose to spend our money says more about our priorities than our words.

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Sanctuary (Victory Family Church)


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The process of designing, installing, and learning to use a state-of-the-art production system was an endeavor that took Victory Family Church more than four years.

Technology integrators All Pro Sound designed a system for Victory Family Church that includes a top-of-the-line audio system, complete with multiple digital consoles. These consoles not only provide Victory Family Church with an amazing worship environment inside its 2,300-plus-seat sanctuary, but they also enable digital multi-track recording for production purposes.

The high-definition video recording and broadcast system was also top-of-the-line. It was selected and configured to provide the church with the highest level of quality while also minimizing technical frustration on the part of non-professional users. This enables the church to empower volunteers to use the system despite their not having extensive media experience or knowledge.

An HD tripe screen provides ultimate flexibility in display options. 

The projection and lighting system work together to provide an impressive visual worship experience. Every state and house light in the sanctuary is LED. While most sanctuaries of its size cost roughly $230/hour to operate due (including not only lighting, but also sound, video, and HVAC), the LEDs inside the new Victory Family Church space cut that bill in half. 

All Pro Sound completed the installation and commissioned the system on June 8, 2013. Victory Family Church Senior Pastor John Nuzzo calls All Pro Sound “top-notch individuals” and their AVL project a “top-notch system.”

“I have complete trust in All Pro Sound,” Nuzzo adds. “They truly went, and continue to go, above and beyond as a partner in our ministry.”

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Sanctuary System (Victory Family Church)


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The process of designing, installing, and learning to use a state-of-the-art production system was an endeavor that took Victory Family Church more than four years.

Technology integrators All Pro Sound designed a system for Victory Family Church that includes a top-of-the-line audio system, complete with multiple digital consoles. These consoles not only provide Victory Family Church with an amazing worship environment inside its 2,300-plus-seat sanctuary, but they also enable digital multi-track recording for production purposes.

The high-definition video recording and broadcast system was also top-of-the-line. It was selected and configured to provide the church with the highest level of quality while also minimizing technical frustration on the part of non-professional users. This enables the church to empower volunteers to use the system despite their not having extensive media experience or knowledge.

An HD tripe screen provides ultimate flexibility in display options. 

The projection and lighting system work together to provide an impressive visual worship experience. Every state and house light in the sanctuary is LED. While most sanctuaries of its size cost roughly $230/hour to operate due (including not only lighting, but also sound, video, and HVAC), the LEDs inside the new Victory Family Church space cut that bill in half. 

All Pro Sound completed the installation and commissioned the system on June 8, 2013. Victory Family Church Senior Pastor John Nuzzo calls All Pro Sound “top-notch individuals” and their AVL project a “top-notch system.”

“I have complete trust in All Pro Sound,” Nuzzo adds. “They truly went, and continue to go, above and beyond as a partner in our ministry.”

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CrossPoint Church of Christ


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For years, CrossPoint Church of Christ in Grand Prairie, Texas (formerly Turnpike Church of Christ) was a church without a permanent space.

First, for three years, it rented space at Ruthe Jackson Center, a nearby event facility, with its administrative offices taking up residence under a small storefront lease. Then, it shared space with another church. 

Finally, CrossPoint Church of Christ was blessed with a home of its own. It moved into its new space in April of 2012, with an inaugural worship service on Easter. Architectural firm CMA created the master plan for the CrossPoint Church of Christ facility. It addressed all of the church’s requirements, including site access, site circulation, utilities, storm water mitigation, and visibility. CrossPoint asked that their church not “look like a big box.” According to CMA, “they wanted their facility to have character.”

With a limited budget, however, that could be tricky. After all, building the facility under a tilt wall and single roof would have been then most economical plan — but that would have looked like a box. So, CMA got creative. It did employ a “big box” built from a tilt wall, but it disguised it with surrounding smaller buildings. CMA placed the Phase One building on the nine-acre CrossPoint Church of Christ lot, positioned for good visibility and expansion. The children’s space was placed to be highly visible as you approached the entrance. The lobby side is open and transparent, with a direct view to the baptistery. A tower feature and covered drop-off presents itself to the highway. The administration wing is joined by the youth’s. There is no visible back of house, making for an attractive site.

For CrossPoint’s brand new 18,080-square-foot church facility, CMA provided new construction, a multi-phase master plan, site planning, and interior design. 

The facility boasts a 400-seat worship space, commons with custom baptistery, administrative office area, and Sunday school classrooms for preschool through high school.The main worship hall built from sound suppressing tilt wall panels. It is surrounded by shorter tilt wall panels that define the administration and the youth area. Building square footage was a challenge.

 The church’s youth program required more space than the budget allowed. So, CMA added outdoor spaces, including a basketball ball court as a focal point. This accommodates a variety of activities for CrossPoint’s youth ministry. Today, CrossPoint uses the basketball court as an opportunity to introduce the church to many of the local youth and families.Future phases are to include a permanent worship space, adult classrooms, children’s education building, and full service kitchen.

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Corinth Reformed Church


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Corinth Reformed Church has had a presence in Hickory, NC since 1869. Since 1959, the church has called home a gothic Sixteenth Avenue structure. So, when it became clear that its facilities needed a redesign and update, it was important to Corinth Reformed Church to preserve a sense of history.

The 1959 church structure was designed to “retain the solemn dignity of old European cathedrals,” according to the church. A tall aluminum spire and gothic limestone narthex entrance greets visitors with an ecclesiastical character. Stained-glass window murals, created by J. Wippell & Co. of Exeter, England over a century ago, depict the life of Christ. It was important that whatever improvements were made the space preserved these elements.

Corinth Reformed Church turned to AE Global Media to bring its 1959 space into the 21st century. “Working with an historic structure to deliver a new multipurpose building was a technology and physical challenge,” reports the contractor. “We had to honor the architectural integrity while upgrading acoustics and audio, video, and lighting systems required.”

AE worked to provide technology in an unobtrusive way. From amplifiers to microphone inputs to wall panel controls, systems were designed to blend in while offering ease of use and maintenance. Digital projection projectors, Kramer switchers, Da-Lite controls and Panasonic monitors were successfully installed within the architectural parameters without disturbing the interior setup.

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North Venue (First Hattiesburg)


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Fast and furious are not usually terms used to describe architectural projects. But when a church quickly experiences an almost-50 percent increase in its weekly attendance, it becomes necessary to make the impossible possible.

First Hattiesburg Church had three primary goals going into its expansion project getting as many additional seats as possible in its current facility, creating a space that would continue to reach the unchurched, and completing the entire project by Easter (just eight weeks from ground break). 

Due to a positive, pre-existing relationship with LIVE Design Group, First Hattiesburg turned again to the firm to take on the renovation of its existing multipurpose space. The design team, made up of church leaders, LIVE Design Group, Southeastern Construction, and technology integrator Clair Brothers, conceived of a 350-seat video venue. 

Demolition for the project started immediately, even as construction documents were being completed back in Birmingham. Because of the fast pace of the project, communication among contributors was key. As First Hattiesburg Church Senior Pastor Jeff Clark puts it, “The biggest value LIVE Design Group brought to the table was the ability to translate our random and discombobulated thoughts into a buildable, cohesive drawing.”  

Eight weeks later, the North Venue held its first services on Easter morning. 

The North Venue entry way greets congregants from the main commons area with a LED lit wood pane. The worship room is outfitted with flat floor and stadium seating and houses a full control booth and worship platform. 

Because of its popularity, reservations have been taken for services held in the North Venue. There is no sacrifice to the worship in the North Venue with the acoustic capability to accommodate a full worship band and service. With a long-term strategy to become a multisite campus, the North Venue also serves as place where leaders are trained to serve to ultimately plant additional locations.

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Future Quest Youth Conference (Foothills Christian Church)


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Foothills Christian Church puts its youth programming first. Its Future Quest annual youth conference is put on for youth, grades 7–12, to ignite passion for God. Founded by senior pastor Mark Hoffman 16 years ago, this event reaches out to more than 2,000 youth in the East County region of San Diego. 

Future Quest is a church-wide effort. In just three days’ time, the church campus is transformed. The Sanctuary becomes a hip meeting space designed around a given theme. The Youth Auditorium is becomes a DJ lounge. This year, the Kids Church room became a Gaga ball arena. 

All of this work is done to create an environment in which attendees will feel at home and are challenged to serve and worship Him with passion and commitment.

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Arena (Celebration Church)


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Named to Outreach Magazine’s 2005 list of “Top 100 Fastest Growing Churches,” Celebration Church in Jacksonville, Florida experienced exponential growth in the years leading up to its design of a new main campus facility.  

To accommodate its fast-growing congregation, the church’s senior pastor Stovall Weems sought the creation of “an environment where people experience the presence of God.” The church’s design team sought a space that would “allow for a heightened level of connectedness and engagement.”

To achieve its goals, the church worked with LIVE Design Group. The architectural firm uses a unique interactive platform to enable direct client interaction and innovation. Through this “LIVE session,” the team of church leaders, architects, acoustic designers, and construction managers worked together to conceive of an arena-style facility design. Their concept included the optimal room and seating configuration along with aesthetics, acoustics, and cost. 

Celebration Church project director Alex Castro sought to create process that permitted “an enhanced level of integration between the actual design of the building and the technology utilized.”

The project’s focus is a worship space. The 2,750-seat space is a combination of seating types (flat floor, slope floor, and two levels of stadium seating), which is meant to engender a connection between the congregation and the platform from any angle. 

Technology integration throughout the project includes state-of-the-art LED lighting and acoustic design. The lighting can be controlled to create various moods. The design balances sound levels between the stage and congregational singing. 

Other high-tech approaches include children worship venues, a multipurpose space for youth, a café, and a bookstore. A totally flexible system of flat screens and projectors provide signage and theming controlled from a central location.

“The Arena allows us to serve our community in a greater way,” says Pastor Weems. “There are now new opportunities for our church to partner with city leaders, local schools, businesses, and more.”

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Sanctuary Renovation (Prince of Peace Catholic Community)


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Prince of Peace is a Tomball, Texas-based Catholic Church that was bursting at the seams with active parishioners. In order to accommodate its attendees each week during its 12 hours of weekend services, the church needed to renovate and enlarge its space. Moreover, it needed an AV system suited for the 21st century.

Prince of Peace enlisted Jackson and Ryan Architects to enlarge the space. Ryan Architects, in turn, brought HFP Acoustical Consultants onto the design team for AV and acoustical improvements. 

The ceiling was deemed part of the aesthetic draw to the space, and so was not to be covered with acoustical treatments. HFP was tasked with designing a new audio system that would be minimally intrusive to the look of the ceiling, directional enough not to “excite”  this large hard surface, yet powerful enough to engage parishioners from up to 120 feet away. 

The church was hesitant to upgrade to video, as this is fairly new territory in the Catholic Church. They wanted to be sure that video displays would be legible and worth the investment. So, HFP performed readability calculations and testing based on the resolving power of the eye to make the case for video projection. HFP designed a way to eloquently multitask the existing organ lofts to house rear screen projectionsystems. HFP also strategically located supporting LCD displays at architectural columns for minimal aesthetic intrusion into the space.

HFP provided design direction for the custom-built front-of-house desk, leaving room for the mid-size digital audio console, neighboring computer as the main video source, lighting control touch panel, and supporting rack for additional source inputs. HFP saved space by specifying a 24-inch touch panel as both the main control interface for the entire AV system and computer monitor for presentation during service. This resulted in a smaller front-of-house, which enabled more seating to be designed into the renovation.

HFP provided additional audio service to the church by increasing inputs via digital stage box in the choir area. The hanging choir microphones’ heights are adjustable on the fly to account for varying choir sizes. Audio is routed through to ancillary spaces. HFP also designed the audio system to extend to a new outside plaza. Wireless mics and background music can be used and mixed for outdoor and processional-type worship services.

Finally, HFP calculated all power and conduit requirements for all AV devices, efficiently routing conduit and minimizing the number and size of trenches, cutting costs and time.

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Arena (Celebration Church)


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Named to Outreach Magazine’s 2005 list of “Top 100 Fastest Growing Churches,” Celebration Church in Jacksonville, Florida experienced exponential growth in the years leading up to its design of a new main campus facility.  To accommodate its fast-growing congregation, the church’s senior pastor Stovall Weems sought the creation of “an environment where people experience the presence of God.” The church’s design team sought a space that would “allow for a heightened level of connectedness and engagement.”To achieve its goals, the church worked with LIVE Design Group. The architectural firm uses a unique interactive platform to enable direct client interaction and innovation. Through this “LIVE session,” the team of church leaders, architects, acoustic designers, and construction managers worked together to conceive of an arena-style facility design. Their concept included the optimal room and seating configuration along with aesthetics, acoustics, and cost. 

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Life Church


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Lead Pastor Aaron Cole of Germantown, Wisconsin-based Life Church (LCWI) believes video is “the stained glass of the 21st century.” It should come as no surprise, then, that the mission of LCWI is to reach a media-saturated culture with a message of the Gospel through technology. 

To help LCWI remain focused on its mission, the church teamed up with Summit Integrated Systems. Beginning in 2011, Summit began the design and build process for a new audio, video, lighting (AVL) system for the church’s facility. Two years later, the LCWI had at its fingertips the tools it needed to reach its community.

The worship center vision demanded a high-level architectural finish. At the same time, it needed to provide the acoustic performance of a rock n’ roll worship experience. There was also the challenge of the building’s concrete tilt-up construction. To meet these challenges, the Summit team employed creative ways of diffusing, directing, and absorbing sound reflections. For example, the engineers worked closely with the architect to design acoustic elements molded within the concrete walls. It also fashioned custom wood solutions for a room with both a stunning finish and high-quality acoustics.

The sanctuary’s audio is delivered by a distributed mono configuration of four EAW QX5 loudspeakers accompanied by down-fills, front-fills, and eight of Summit’s custom 15-inch subwoofers. Processing is provided by BSS London, and the loudspeakers powered by Lab.Gruppen amplifiers. 

The system is controlled by Yamaha’s CL5, with infrastructure (boasting over 60 stage inputs in and around the stage) running directly to an XLR patch bay made up of Yamaha’s Rio boxes. Audio also saturates most of the facility’s other rooms and common areas with independent gain controls to Electrovoice EVID series loudspeakers.

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New Worship Center & Education Facility (Sagemont Church)


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Under the leadership of founding Pastor John Morgan, Houston-based Sagemont Church has long remained disciplined in the principle of living debt free. When it comes to real estate, however, that principle can be a tough to maintain. Nevertheless, Sagemont Church has done it.

Sagemont Church began as a small outreach ministry of the First Baptist Church in Pasadena, California. As the church grew into a vibrant regional ministry with a membership of over 18,000, however, it became clear it needed more space. Upon completion of a much needed Children’s Ministry complex, the decision was made to replace the well-worn but outdated 30-year-old auditorium with a new 118,000-square-foot worship and education facility - all debt free.

Shanks Architects of Dallas teamed with the church in a strategic planning process that explored several renovation concepts for the existing auditorium as well as new facilities in various locations within the 50+ acre campus. Ultimately, it was determined that the church would build a 2,500 seat facility adjacent to busy Beltway 8. 

While a parcel of land had been identified for the Worship Center, its connection to the existing facility (while also meeting the street) remained a challenge. How would the church create a functional and seamless connection with a dominant “front door” in the face of the freeway? 

Shanks Architects’ solution involved two complementary elements: a commons/main entry and the placement of a 170-foot-tall freestanding cross (a separate project initiated by the church). The result is a striking, welcoming presence visible for miles.

Within close proximity to the two major entries of the sanctuary sits a library, missions central, connection café, bookstore, and the two iCONNECT adult education centers. The placement of the building is adjacent to the existing children’s education center.

The sanctuary incorporates a sloped floor, lower bowl seating area, and a tiered floor terrace level all positioned to focus on a multi-functional flat-floor platform. The baptistery is placed at stage-left, under one of three projectionscreens. A combination of catwalks and retractable stage light trusses enables the technology. Acoustical ceiling clouds placed in a pattern provide the more finished and refined appearance desired by the church.

The back-of-house area provides for large garage door entries from the exterior and to the platform floor. They also accommodate choir and orchestra rehearsal, storage/holding areas, a tech suite, a worship ministry office, and baptistery dressing.

The success of this project was a result of the collaborative process and the perseverance necessary to bring this ambitious project to completion - debt free.

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LakePointe Church


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Lake Pointe Church of Rockwall, Texas sought to foster greater community with the updating of its existing main campus. 

The scope of the project included renovation of its existing 4,500-seat worship room and the creation of a community gathering space. 

The worship room improvements emphasized a higher quality of worship experience. The updating of audio, visual, and lighting equipment accompanied new seating and enhanced architectural finishes.

The community gathering spaces were configured from existing common areas and include a café, welcome lounge, bookstore, and restrooms. The overall design provides spaces for greater connectivity and comfort while creating a feeling of casualness and warm.

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Watermark Kids (Watermark Community Church)


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Family and fellowship are core interests of the Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas. As such, the ability to address its tremendous growth in child and youth ministries was seized with enthusiasm.

Space for the child and youth ministries was made available to Watermark after its interim worship facility was freed up with the creation of a new one. The church contracted Omniplan to convert the available space and accommodate the church’s family programs.

The new child and youth ministry facility include 6,000 square feet of nursery rooms and 38,000 square feet of early education (toddler through age 4) rooms, organized as “quads.” The facility also houses 39,000 square feet of K-4 space organized around a multi-purpose activity room. 

A “tree house” animates the children’s lobby space. 

The layout of the spaces provides great flexibility while the aesthetics reinforce Watermark’s family-oriented mission.

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