By Steve Harvey. Houses of worship may share timeless insights, but their audio systems are increasingly expected to be modern by congregations used to hearing quality audio everywhere else in their lives. With that in mind, we look at choir miking and how different HOWs are approaching consoles, PA systems, acoustic treatments, IEM mixing and more.
More than two-dozen large panels were used to counter reverb and echo in the sanctuary.
By Al Fernald. Choir microphones don’t automatically grab your attention—if anything, they’re meant to blend into the scenery—but they’re crucial for bringing a group of voices to worshipers, whether via the house PA system, recordings or broadcasts.
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The Salvation Army Temple in Atlanta recently upgraded its audio system, ditching a 20-year-old PA in the process. In its place is a new Nexo Geo S12 line array system, installed by Wirebox Media (Smyna, GA), which also spec’d a plethora of Yamaha gear.
New Covenant Christian Ministries recently worked with dB Integrations of Gainesville, Georgia to update its audio system with a variety of new mixers from Allen & Heath covering FOH, broadcast and personal monitoring.
The First United Methodist Church of Lake Wales recently upgraded the audio system in its near-70 year old building with a new Renkus-Heinz PA designed and installed by Lakeland, FL AV systems integrator MABE.
By Steve Harvey. The successful completion of the FCC's Incentive Auction earlier this year set the countdown clock ticking for wireless mic operators, who must vacate the 600 MHz band by July, 2020. But as a panel of RF experts on opening day of the convention stressed, some wireless equipment users will be losing access in their regions much earlier.
The First Baptist Church in Natchez, MS may be as old as the State of Mississippi itself, but its current home was built in 1984. Recently the church replaced its audio system—also from that era—with Renkus-Heinz IC32-24-RN digitally steerable line arrays provided by regional audio house, MS Audio.
Nashville-based Spectrum Sound recently updated its inventory with the addition of six new DiGiCo SD12 mixing consoles and four additional SD-Racks. These come in addition to the four S21, six SD10 and dozen SD9 consoles, as well as 15 SD-Racks and eight D-Racks that the audio provider already owns.
By Steve Harvey. The Federal Communications Commission has issued an Order that provides the specific language for the Consumer Disclosure notice to be displayed on wireless mic products operating in the 600 MHz service band.
That Nexo loudspeakers are going on the road may not come as a surprise, but what makes this instance unique is that it’s the Nexo M10 Experience Tour—a series of training sessions for the new Nexo Geo M10, offered by Yamaha Professional Audio.
By Clive Young. Pro-audio RF wranglers and wireless users may be in for a surprise next month, as T-Mobile announced yesterday that it will make its first in-roads into 600 MHz next month, far head of the original FCC-based transition timeline of 39 months from now, and even ahead of T-Mobile’s news earlier this week that it planned to enter the space by Halloween.
The Federal Communications Commission has revised and clarified its rules to promote more effective spectrum access for wireless microphone operations in the TV bands, the repurposed 600 MHz band and other frequency bands.
San Diego’s Rock Church may have been founded in 2000, but it has grown quickly. Today, it has five campuses across San Diego County, spearheaded by its main facility that seats 3,450 worshippers, for an average weekly attendance of 15,000. Recently the worship space got an audio update in the form of two new Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 Digital Audio Consoles for front of house and monitor mix duties.
Founded 150 years ago, Morton Apostolic Christian Church in Morton, Illinois recently moved into a modern-day facility, and soon after contracted Ryan M. Winstead of Advanced Audio & Lighting Systems to design and install an audio system. The resulting arrangement includes Powersoft amplifiers supporting Danley and Martin Audio loudspeakers.
When is a house-of-worship install not a house-of-worship install? When the HOW in question is a deconsecrated 14th century gothic cathedral in Leiden, the Netherlands. Repurposed as a community events center, Pieterskerk Leiden still has all the majesty of a massive cathedral, but it also retained all the inherent acoustical challenges, too.
In “Eleanor Rigby,” Paul McCartney sang of “Father McKenzie, writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear.” Now a real-life Father McKenzie has had a Bose RoomMatch loudspeaker system installed at Toronto-based Faith Sanctuary, ensuring everyone at a service can hear him.
By Karen Mitchell. The Cherry Hills Community Church (CHCC) in Highlands Ranch, CO, near Denver, has been called the fastest growing church in the U.S., but until recently its audio system simply couldn’t keep up with its spectacular pace.
The audio involved in most church services today is a blend of spoken word, singing voices and music with instrumentation that ranges from minimalistic— e.g., one piano, organ or guitar—to complex—perhaps something rivaling a Broadway production.
By Steve Harvey. Copper is dead, long live glass. That’s an exaggeration, of course; copper cable as a transport for both analog and digital signals is still alive and kicking. But as more houses of worship adopt digital workflows for live sound, recording and broadcast production, fiber optic cables are becoming an attractive alternative.
By Alvin Fernald. It may seem like preaching to the choir to suggest this in HOW Sound, but miking a group of singers should be approached with care and consideration. It’s not a case where you can throw up a few mics and be done with it (well, you can, but it’s not going to help the situation). There’s a string of parameters to be taken into consideration, from the kinds of mics and patterns employed to their placement around the choir. With that in mind, we turned to Todd Foster of Audix Microphones, who shared some choir miking tips.
The First Baptist Church of Los Angeles is 90 years old, and reflects the time when it was built, sporting 60-foot ceilings within the echoing space. Today, it’s used by multiple congregations and also is often rented for TV and movie shoots as well. Recently, CCI Solutions updated the facility’s audio system to better accommodate all those entities, using Kiva and X Series enclosures from L-Acoustics.
Here’s a good rule of thumb: If lightning zaps your church’s ancient PA, take a hint. That’s what happened with the audio system inside Vineyard Church’s 1,055-seat auditorium in Urbana, IL, and it ultimately led to the facility getting a new Martin Audio MLA Compact system.
Marking its 90th anniversary this year, First Assembly Community Ministries of Lafayette, Indiana recently hired CCI Solutions to design and install a new audio system in its 1,100-seat sanctuary. The system sports an Allen & Heath dLive S Class Mixing System at its center, tackling FOH, monitor and broadcast mixes.