changing the audio world, one system at a time .... church sound, video and lights

First Baptist Church in Tacoma -Sound Booth Complete

Well, here it is, the completed sound booth. We raised the floor one step ( 7” ) which gave better site lines and now all the personnel running the service can see the platform clearly. The sound from the main speakers has a clear path now.

new sound booth at First Batist church in Tacoma, WA


Here is the old booth:

Old video console at FBTold audio console at FBT

and the wiring below the board.



As you can see the original install was quite bad. Read More...
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Home Recording Studio Sound Proofing

This too could be yours a SSL 4048G
For years now I’ve been on the search for the most practical, beneficial sound proofing material for Home Recording Studio. I now feel it is possible to build a quality home recording studio inside a home or garage. With basic construction skills you too can build a professional level recording studio in your home. Here is a case study using Quiet Solutions product to pull it off.

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I am working on some drawings and plans to take a normal space that you would encounter in a house to build a top notch recording studio and control room.
will be up on site soon.
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First Baptist Church in Tacoma - Sound Booth Overhaul

The First Baptist Church in Tacoma gets a Sound/Video Booth overhaul. They have a very tight space and a lot of gear. We took their equipment list and put together a very efficient design. The install takes place from Jan 21 - 23. We are also raising the floor one step (7&rdquoWinking to get better visibility for the sound/video personnel.

Dimensional Drawing of the new sound/video booth

Phase One of the overhaul was to move the monitors amps down to the platform. We did that in Nov ’09. The amps for the mains are still in the booth (as you can see on the audio rack on the right side of the booth).

Phase Two - the design, construction, fabrication and install of new booth.

Once the install is done I will post an update.


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How Important is it to Aim Speakers?

I just finished correcting a problem at the St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Issaquah. The problem was a very reverberant space with lots of echo. In the sanctuary there wasn’t a lot sound absorbing materials, tile floors, plaster walls in a basic rectangular shaped room. The 4 speakers providing sound to the 4 seating areas were located in the skylight structure. see pics Read More...
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ISP Speaker Upgrade Complete


Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I just finished installing a pair of ISP HDM112 speakers for the First Baptist church in Twins Falls, Idaho. The original system consisted of an Allen Heath GL 3200 32 channel board and a LCR speaker system with Mackie (RCF) 300A for the Left and Right and 2 Community cabs for the cluster. We replaced the RCF speakers with the ISP HDM112. The difference was amazing. The thing that I notice about these speakers is their ability to project sound and their clarity. In a narrow (39’ wide and 39’ ceiling height) room like this its important to have a system that can project to the back of the room without being incredibly loud at the front. Read More...
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ISP SPeaker Upgrade

Heading back to Twin Falls ID. This time it's to fix a system that I installed a few years ago. The system consisted of a pair of Mackie (RCF 300A) speakers. This was when Mackie had just bought RCF, and had not taken over production from Italy yet.

Side Note: Mackie had a hard time meeting demand with the factory in Italy so they took over production and eventually outsourced to China. Read More...
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How to Build a Home Recording Studio Recording Studio

First off this picture is not a picture of a home recording studio. It however a good example of what to target towards.



I recently was a invited to see a ministry that is in the process of building a recording studio in Seattle. Not sure who did the design but they definitely need to go back to school and learn acoustics.
They are taking 2 rooms of an existing building, and converting then to a recording studio.
Problems:
First off the Location of the building is on a major artery to downtown Seattle. Trucks, rush hour traffic etc. Solution: Major money has to be spent to build in insolation from ambient and transferred sound (through the floor and walls)

2nd Design: They have designed a literal box within a box. While this helps with insolation it does not deal with the acoustics of the control room and the studio (parallel walls etc.) This situation produces Standing Waves. This will really cause a bad environment to mix in. Read More...
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What is the best Projector for my Church?


Quantify whether you have the ability to do a rear projection system.

If you can do a rear projection system anything above 2000 lumens will work. Provided the space behind the projector is enclosed and ambient light can be controlled in that enclosure.

What to look for in a projector: Read More...
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Ingredients to grow a church

1. The pastor better be a pastor, someone who loves people, a people person.
2. Grounded in the word
3. Have a great sound system

The last one may sound funny, but it is very, very true. If the congregation can't hear the word, or the vocal intelligibility is poor, the church will not grow. I have a good case in point. A baptist pastor called one day and asked if they could improve the vocal intelligibility of their system because the older members were having a hard time understanding the pastor's preaching. Read More...
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