Taking in the First Full Day of My First WFX

Celebrating its 10th year, there was plenty to learn at Nashville's Music City Center between the many workshops and exhibit hall.

Taking in the First Full Day of My First WFX
Jeff Hartman, right, the video engineer at Trinity Fellowship Church based in Amarillo, Texas, discusses one of the topics during the Wednesday workshop, Building A Volunteer-Friendly Media System, while the church's lighting designer, Kevin Penrod, listens.
Credit: Andres Caamano

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On the first full day of the Worship Facilities Conference and Expo at the Music City Center in Nashville, taking the time to decide on which sessions to attend was no easy task.

Especially for someone where this year’s WFX was their first.

Knowing that it would be impossible to magically be in multiple places at once to take in each of the 75 workshops scheduled over the four time slots on Wednesday, I decided to focus on technical topics, particularly video, audio, set design and overall systems.

In addition to the workshops, another valuable part of the day was making the rounds for a couple hours on the exhibition floor. What I found most interesting was seeing the same displays – which were in the process of being built over the previous two days—now complete with conference attendees shuttling between each of the booths, asking questions about some of the latest products.

Having been to my share of high end audio shows over the last two decades, the concept of having to spend a little to get good quality gear has long been second nature to me, largely out of frustration over replacing inexpensive gear so frequently, either because it wasn’t good enough or began falling apart. Eventually, the idea of spending $3,000 for a used Esoteric CD player in a home setup seemed logical and didn’t even cause my eyes to blink. Maybe that’s because I’d previously spent $2,000 on a Wadia Digital CD player, which lasted about 15 years and still worked beautifully before I felt the need to upgrade. 

So hearing some of the pricepoints for products on display at the WFX conference floor hardly caused my ears to suffer any ringing. To the representatives of churches across the country also at WFX, limited by budget constraints that allow them to tackle only their biggest issues, that is good news, as solutions are still within reach. Whether it’s a video camera security system at $2,000 offered by Datavideo (allowing one to connect four video cameras for live feed review in HD while also being able to make stills from video), or the array of incredibly accurate in-ear or podium microphones offered by DPA, ranging from $500 to less than $1,000, the results achieved at those reasonable pricepoints go a long way.


More About Andres Caamano
Andres Caamano is the site editor for Worship Tech Director, which aims to inform tech directors, audio, video or lighting directors, creative directors, music directors and worship leaders about the latest technology, while also bringing to the forefront some of the most notable examples of leadership and completed projects that can be of benefit to houses of worship of all sizes. Andres joined WTD in 2015, and is focused on taking an engaged approach to the market; one that is encouraging, creative and set toward ministry purpose.
Get in Touch: acaamano@ehpub.com    More by Andres Caamano

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