Award Winning Religious Architecture Presented an Acoustical Nightmare
How could one of the most beautiful pieces of religious architecture in the world also be an acoustical nightmare? The Thorncrown Church, in Eureka Springs, AR has 6,000 square feet of glass and combined with the chapel’s flagstone floor created what one of the A/V systems designers who have faced it calls “an acoustical nightmare,” with massive amounts of reflected sound making intelligibility all but impossible. But there was a solution that came in the form of a Bose Panaray MA12EX sound system powered by a Bose PowerMatch PM8500N amplifier.
Church App Advice from The Church App Guy: Part Two
In part two of a conversation with Cindy Davis of TechDecisions, Chris Sharpe, Marketing Lead at The Church App talks about Return on Investment when it comes to church apps and offers advice on content strategy and for church app implementers.
10 Tips for Buying a Video Projector for Your Church
10 buying tips for what you need to know in choosing a video projector for your house of worship. Deciding on the projector is not the first step. Check out these helpful tips and download a free special report for all of the details on what you need to know to make the best decision for buying a video projector for your church.
Three Churches, Three Consoles—Making the Right Decision for Your Church
After the PA system itself, the single most expensive investment most houses of worship will make will be their front-of-house audio mixing console. In addition, the console is often a church’s first major step towards moving into a digital audio environment. Here’s how three churches went about making their first digital console acquisitions.
Forest Hill Church Chooses Physical Media for Multi-site Content Distribution
In May of 2012, we spoke with Peter McKenzie, production director for Forest Hill Church, which was about to open its third satellite location, all of which are in an around Charlotte, NC. Driven by a growing membership, the church was making substantial investments into A/V/L technology, but unlike many of its mega-church peers, Forest Hills had opted not to take the streaming route to distribute its Sunday services among its locations. Instead, they chose to install high-definition projection and advanced sound reinforcement systems to play back recordings of the main church’s Saturday night services on the satellite churches’ complex three-screen video configurations.
How a Multi-site Church Solved Simulcast Issues With Fiber
The strength of a church’s network means the difference between a smooth simulcast or simulcast plagued by distortion, jitter and poor lip-syncing. The Church Without Walls, a multi-site church in Houston Texas with three campuses, knows the downfalls of a poor network. After experiencing constant disappointment with a previous network provider, the church turned to Masergy for a new managed network focused specifically on distributing video content. The new MPLS over Fiber gave The Church Without Walls more control over Bandwidth usage and segregation for multiple VPNs for enhanced network access and performance across the main campus and subsequent video venues.
Second Baptist Church Revives Their Sanctuary With Massive Shading Installation
After a devastating hit by hurricane Ike in 2008, which tore a hole through the roof of Second Baptist Church’s main campus, the megachurch, which usually engages about 60,000 worshipers a week across several campuses and internationally via the Internet, was forced to remodel as quickly as possible to return to worship as usual at their Woodway campus. On top of a major construction project, the Houston-based Baptist church was able to reconsider their huge 10,000 sq. ft. stained glass installation. The large glass wall was the culprit for heightened color temperature and an extreme amount of uncontrolled, environment light in the sanctuary.
Trial by Sound: Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church Demos Loudspeakers With an Audio Shoot Out
The notion of the technology shoot-out is deeply ingrained in audio culture. Retailers routinely set up rows of microphones or monitor speakers and let guests/customers/audiophiles compare one to one. But the idea of the shoot-out really has its limits tested when it’s applied to PA systems. When you need to truck multiple complex systems in, set them up and fire them up, you’ll need more than an afternoon and some onion dip to make that work.