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Podcasting: The brand of microphone most churches shouldn’t use for their podcasts

In 2005, when podcasting was just beginning, podcasters rushed to try and find microphones that they could connect to computers and record with. One of the most popular lines of microphone was the Blue line. The Blue snowball was particularly popular.

Here’s the problem though. Both the Snowball and the Yeti are condenser microphones. In a controlled environment, that capture beautiful sound. Unfortunately, most churches don’t have dedicated studio space that’s been treated to get the best sound. As a result, condenser microphones get not only the sound you want, but other background sounds as well.

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Capitol City Church Turns to WorxAudio for Clarity

capitolcity_43smSince its humble beginning in 1953, Capitol City Church has expanded to two worship services and eleven Adult Bible Fellowships, along with a thriving Wednesday night ministry. The church offers a wide range of programs for its congregation and, to ensure the best possible music reproduction capabilities and a high level of speech intelligibility, they recently upgraded their sound reinforcement system. The new setup includes two TrueLine X2i-P All-In-One Compact Line Array enclosures from the catalog of Greensboro, NC-based WorxAudio® Technologies (www.worxaudio.com), a division of PreSonus® Audio Electronics, Inc. (www.presonus.com).

Zygo Integrated Solutions of Urbandale, IA—a sound, video, and lighting systems integration company aiding churches in the intelligible and effective presentation of the Gospel—was contracted to handle the facility upgrade. After meeting with church management to ascertain their requirements, Eric Bishop, CEO and Lead Consultant for the company, elected to deploy two WorxAudio X2i-P line arrays. Bishop discussed the project and his reason for selecting the WorxAudio loudspeaker enclosures.

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CROSSROADS CHURCH DRIVES VIDEO PRODUCTION WITH IKEGAMI HDK-95C/4K and HC-HD300 CAMERAS

crossroadsikegami1CMOS-Equipped Unicam HD Cameras Connect Rapidly Growing House of Worship to Attendees Onsite and Online

When a house of worship keeps growing at the rate of Crossroads Church, it can be hard for new campuses to keep pace with the number of attendees. For this Ohio-based church with eight locations and counting, the answer was Crossroads Anywhere, an online presence that engages viewers with the precise imagery of Ikegami CMOS cameras.

Patrick Buescher, Director of Experience Innovation and Infrastructure for Crossroads Church, oversaw a video upgrade that called for eight Ikegami HDK-95C/4K Full Digital Portable CMOS cameras in their Oakley, OH campus and two Ikegami HC-HD300 CMOS Camera Systems at their Uptown campus in Cincinnati. “We are a church of many sites,” Buescher says. “However, it’s really not scalable to keep constructing multimillion dollar buildings. Crossroads Anywhere is how we can best create a church community outside of our Metro area network.”

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Eiki Makes the Message Clearer than Ever at First Church Coral Springs

first_church_43smFounded in January 1969, First Church Coral Springs has experienced dramatic growth over the years. While the original church—known as Robey Hall—continues to serve a number of important roles on campus, a larger sanctuary was constructed and, these days, serves as the primary worship space. Rain accompanied by lightning are routine occurrences in Southern Florida and, occasionally, lightning strikes cause electrical outages and related issues. Such was the case recently, which required the replacement of the church’s projectors—resulting in the deployment of new equipment drawn from the catalog of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA-based Eiki International, Inc.

Creative Sound and Lighting Solutions of Cape Coral, FL, an AV installation company that is primarily focused on the House of Worship market, was contracted to specify and deploy the church’s new equipment. After meeting with church management to ascertain their goals and objectives, the team decided to deploy a combination of two Eiki EK-600U 6,000 Lumen DLP projectors, one EK-601W 5,500 Lumen DLP projector, and an LC-WBS500 5,100 Lumen LCD projector. Rob Robinson, Creative Sound and Lighting Solutions’ system designer, discussed the project.

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Hitachi Laser Projectors Completely Transform Ashland Christian Fellowship Worship Experience

When Ashland Christian Fellowship set out to do a complete lighting and architectural upgrade to its sanctuary, the pastors of the church decided the upgrade should include switching from a single, central projector, to a two-projector double screen set up. With the help of Pastor of Worship Rob Mackinnon, Ashland Christian Fellowship decided to install two Hitachi LP-WU9750B laser projectors in the new space. Mackinnon, with the help of David McLain of CCI Solutions, decided that Hitachi was the best choice for the job.

Ashland Christian Fellowship is a medium size church with three buildings and an outdoor courtyard that’s used for church services during the summer months. With a sanctuary built to host 500, the overall congregation at the church including multiple services is around 1,000. Earlier this year, Ashland Christian Fellowship began a series of sanctuary renovations to upgrade the interior, including the installation of a two-projector system. Mackinnon sought out the help of David McLain from CCI Solutions to ensure that Ashland Christian Fellowship got the best projector for the space and for the best price.

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Eagle Brook Church Chooses ACL 360 Bar™ for Latest Design at Six Campuses

eagle-brook-church_22In a unique example of an EDM-style lighting fixture in a House of Worship, Nate Nohling, Lead Lighting Designer at Eagle Brook Church, a large ministry with six campuses across Minnesota, chose 156 ACL 360 Bar™ LED battens as the staple of a new lighting design.

“The number one thing I was shooting for when designing this set was impact,” Nohling explains. “I wanted to have a large quantity of fixtures that had the ability to create the impact we were looking for. That meant we needed a fixture that fit a price point that allowed us to have enough across all of our campuses to make an impact and a powerful beam from each fixture. We looked at a lot of different fixtures and the ACL 360 Bars were a great solution for what we needed.”

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DiGiCo SD9s are “The Very Next Thing” for Casting Crowns on Tourv

digico_casting_crowns_4Most artists tend to pursue excellence in either the spiritual or the secular realms. Casting Crowns, however, has managed to stay at the top of their game in both, winning a Grammy Award and a Dove Award for their Contemporary Christian rock music that has successfully crossed the divide since 1999, when the band formed as part of a youth group at First Baptist Church in downtown Daytona Beach, Florida.

Casting Crowns is out on the road again this fall with “The Very Next Thing Tour,” which takes the group to arenas and churches across the Midwest, South and East Coast. The songs may be familiar to millions of listeners—the band’s career sales have exceeded 10 million records—but the sound is now even better thanks to a pair of DiGiCo SD9 consoles the band is using at front of house and monitors for the first time. The consoles were provided by Blackhawk Audio, which is also providing the JBL VerTec PA system and Meyer subwoofers that the band is carrying on tour.

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Clark Outfits Woodstock City Church With Martin Audio

wcc_1Clark has installed a full complement of Martin Audio including MLA Compact and MLA Mini systems along with CDD and H3H+ Blackline Series loudspeakers in Woodstock City Church.

Part of the growing North Point Ministries, the Church campus is a new-build facility within an existing brick building that serves the city of Woodstock near Marietta, GA.

The substantial structure is built in four quadrants that include the Auditorium, which is the main room; the Attic for high school and middle school worship; Upstreet, K-5th grade, and Waumba Land for young children.

Known for leading house of worship installations around the country, Clark was responsible for providing audio design and implementation for the high school space and main room along with full A/V lighting design and distributed audio for the whole building.

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Shiloh Missionary Baptist Prepares For Renovation With EAW Redline

99fad78c-de4b-49c8-b6cc-5278ad390315Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, located in Atlanta, Georgia, recently added a new EAW Redline sound reinforcement system to their sanctuary. The church leaders, who are planning a complete sanctuary renovation in the next few years, were looking for an audio solution that would meet their immediate needs and could be re-purposed in the future.

With that goal in mind, they contacted AEE Productions, also located in Atlanta, to assess the situation.

“A high-quality, powerful, portable system like Redline provides powerful sound that doesn’t bottom out and provides the vocal clarity needed for a sanctuary,” explains Yergan Jones, president of AEE Productions. “Because it is portable and self-powered, it has versatility and the ability to be used in any number of applications the church might have in the future.”

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Light It Up app from Technologies for Worship

LightItUp-logoNow Available on Apple iTunes and Google Play

With hundreds of lighting manufacturers featured, Light It Up! offers complete searchability for all types of lighting fixtures, lighting consoles and special effects all in one place. You will no longer need to spend hours scouring the internet for the products and manufacturers you want – Light It Up! does it all for you.

Our easy to navigate interface allows users to specify types of fixtures and manufacturers and provides full specifications for each piece of gear, including full-color photos, complete descriptions, specifications, DMX channels, and where to purchase. Light it Up! also includes a growing list of Resellers and Integrators who can help your facility pScreenshot_2016-02-10-10-25-23lan your future lighting needs.

Whether you are a professional lighting designer or someone just learning about theatrical lighting, regular updates to our comprehensive database means Light It Up! is always up-to-date and ready to meet your needs.

Features:

• Comprehensive product databases for lighting fixtures, lighting consoles and special effects equipment
• Search categories include: all or specific manufacturers, LED or non-LED fixtures, active and discontinued products, types of fixtures (fresnels, spots, etc.)
• Product searches include color photos, descriptions, specifications, DMX, Media and Where to buy
• View videos, reviews and other media for different products, where available
• Access a growing list of resellers and integrators, including contact information and website links direct to the company
• Comprehensive Glossary of lighting terms

Download if for free from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=1082922336&mt=8

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