In this week’s installment of Who’s Doing What we take a look at Houses of Worship that have received technical facelifts. From California to Illinois to England, parishioners are enjoying snazzier services.
Shadow Mountain Church in El Cajon, California, recently purchased an Innova-Son large-scale digital console (below). Ten years ago, the church constructed a 2,500-seat sanctuary, and recently, they began renovation of the video, lighting, and sound system equipment. Campus sound director Tim Hunten worked with church member and owner of Sound Technology Consultants, Vance Breshears, on the installation of the console. The 120-channel Innova-Son Sensory provides inputs for the church’s 150-voice choir, 30-piece orchestra, outboard effects processors, and numerous onstage, offstage, and ceiling hung microphones. Other updates include multi-effects units, including an Eventide DSP7000, a TC Electronic 3000, a TC Electronic D-Two, and a Yamaha SPX1000, along with a BSS Soundweb system processor. Ultimately, Hunten and Breshears plan to overhaul the entire sound system.
Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic) recently completed their new church facility in West Bromwich, UK. Tim Cooper Associates and Adonis Construction served as architects for the project. The space boasts a 3,500-seat worship space, 1,000-seat restaurant, coffee bar, meeting rooms, and training rooms. The facility utilizes a wide range of products including: Allen & Heath’s GL3300, Martin Audio loudspeakers, QSC PLX amplifiers, Sharp 3000 video projectors, a Panasonic MX20 vision mixer, and a Zero 88 Series 250 lightning desk, among others.
The newly constructed 400-seat Calvary Chapel in Glenview, Illinois, chose to use Sound Physics Labs’ SPL-td1 point source loudspeaker and its boundary compliant SPL-trik monitor. Dave Phillips, site manager and technical director and engineer, used ATM flyware to secure four SPL-td1s in a center cluster above the congregation and four feet in front of the stage (below). The speakers are angled down and cover all the seating in a circular configuration. The SPL-trik multi-purpose boxes are arranged around the stage. In the near future Phillips plans on splitting up the cluster for stereo operation and purchasing three more SPL-triks for the church’s entertainment center.
St. Paul’s in Hammersmith, England (below), is a 1000 capacity building, constructed in 1880. It’s situated just opposite the Labatt’s Apollo and near the Hammersmith Broadway Centre. Recently, in an effort to involve and stimulate the local community, the church received a lighting facelift from Lightfactor. Lightfactor supplied four LightProcessor Paradime rack-mounting dimmers and a LightProcessor Q24 control desk. To add pizzazz to St.Paul’s concerts and services, Lightfactor also supplied a moving light system. Electrical contractors DC Moss and TF Electrical installed the Lightfactor equipment.