Precept Ministries Audio Engineer, Tom Byrd, backstage at the organization’s main auditorium with a LightViper 1832 stagebox head-end. Annapolis Junction, MD (January 11, 2008)–Precept Ministries of Chattanooga, TN has acquired FiberPlex, Inc.’s LightViper audio transport system.
The international Bible study aids organization installed the advanced fiber optic audio system from its main auditorium–which is used as a production studio–to its TV and radio production control rooms and various audio/video production suites located in a separate building on the 32-acre pastoral campus. The evangelical organization’s daily Bible study TV program reaches 94 million households worldwide.
The conduits that link the auditorium to the production building are approximately 800 feet long. A standard Model 1832 “plug n’ play” LightViper fiber optic audio “snake” system with two splits was specified by Precept’s 20-year veteran audio engineer, Tom Byrd.
“We use the LightViper to connect all audio between our A/V buildings,” Byrd comments. “We typically use six wireless microphones plus other hardwired stage microphones connected to the LightViper’s stage box backstage in the auditorium. The main output of this stage box feeds up the hill through 900 feet of fiber to the media building’s Master Control gear room. These audio feeds are then routed to various audio control rooms to feed video machines. We use the eight audio returns on the LightViper to route stage announce communications as well as other audio feeds ‘back down the hill’ and patch as necessary to the auditorium and classrooms. A split from the LightViper stage box also feeds the FOH console for auditorium audio.
“We now have really clean audio feeds between all locations, without any digital glitches or any of the previous problems we had with long runs of analog signals,” Byrd adds. “We have eliminated all grounding hums since we no longer connect with copper between the two buildings; our audio was routed with conventional snakes through the same conduit runs which caused constant signal and noise problems. The LightViper has made a dramatic improvement in our production work. The new fiber system also enables us to feed many more signals as needed between the main buildings.”