Sights & Sounds Upgrade
First Baptist Church in Milton is a large congregation house of worship about 30 minutes east of Pensacola. The church has traditional and contemporary services along with a variety of special programs and events.
The sanctuary was completed about ten years ago, however the audio system wasn’t suitable for speech or music, and the video and lighting system was insufficient for the size of the room. In addition, the church wanted to add HD cameras for broadcasting and recording events.
After an initial assessment and meeting with the ministers and music director of the church, S&L provided a proposal based on needs, including a new audio system, video broadcasting package, video projection, lighting, and an integrated control system.
The audio system installation included: identical Midas Pro2 digital consoles at the front-of-house mix position and in the broadcast control suite, with each desk having control of individual mix outputs. A BSS Soundweb audio network system was installed because of its ability to process the incoming signal from the Midas consoles, maintaining the digital signal path through the processor to output, and scalability with its digital audio bus. The speakers were OAP VS8 line-arrays with two dual fifteen-inch sub-woofers. The arrays were flown with dual eight-inch mid/high main speakers under the subs in a J-Array configuration above the stage. The new array, Crown CTS and MacroTech amplifiers provided consistent audio coverage throughout the room. To balance the entire system JBL long excursion, dual eighteen-inch sub-woofers were added in strategic locations.
A new outreach ministry for the church included the addition of a broadcasting package. Three Panasonic AW-HE120 PTZ cameras in the left, right and center positions give the operators the flexibility of a single operator remotely controlling the broadcast. A second volunteer operates a single JVC GY-HM790 HD camera, positioned at floor level for center, waist-up and following shots. Switching between cameras and presentation graphics is done with a Blackmagic Design ATEM HD broadcast switcher, to easily handle the entire full resolution, HD, uncompressed, digital video. In the broadcast suite, volunteers use two fifty inch HD flat screen monitors to see everything that’s going on in the sanctuary. The suite was also set up with JBL LSR4300 studio monitors configured for surround sound. Audio and video are captured with an Apple Mac Pro using Final Cut Pro X.
Milton was using a standard definition dual-projection system with screens that had been architecturally trimmed to match the aesthetics of the sanctuary, for their video presentation system. The projectors were mounted on the face of the balcony using long-throw lenses.
S&L decided to move the projectors closer to the video screens and to use Digital Projection E-Vision 8000 HD projectors. Not only are DP projectors bright and economical, installation is quick and smooth. The screens were replaced with HDTV-format wide screens and the trim-work was replaced by the church.
Presentation management was handled by ProPresenter software on an Apple iMac connected to a Kramer VP-790 high-end seamless switcher integrated into the hardware to handle switching between the ProPresenter computer, a Blu-Ray player, a broadcast feed, and other inputs.
The existing lighting system was comprised of a few ellipsoidal fixtures and PAR cans. This provides energy efficiency and the flexibility to change lighting colors at the push of a button or without changing gels, which was a goal for the church. S&L installed additional ellipsoidal instruments as well as replaced all of the PAR cans with LED fixtures, and added two moving head fixtures for more flexibility and creativity. The new system not only met budget requirements but also provided smoother stage wash with beam-shaped control as well as full color mixing and wash capabilities.
Additional changes included the addition of flat screen television monitors installed in the lower lobby at each of the major sanctuary entrances for observers outside of the sanctuary and an additional flat screen monitor was installed in the green-room for musicians and vocalists.
A Crestron control system and digital media switching system were installed to manage integration of the multiple systems. A ten-inch touch screen control panel was placed in the front-of-house video booth to control complete system power sequencing, source switching for the lobby, green-room, and confidence monitors.
While the entire project took a few months to complete, the initial audio and projection installation was completed in one week while the broadcast suite, lighting, and control systems was completed in just over five weeks. Kevin Willis was the lead salesman, system designer and client liaison for the project.