Lebanon Baptist Church, like every other church, had to completely re-imagine their online ministry when COVID-19 struck. After multiple weeks of pre-recording their service, LBC felt that they just wanted more interaction with their congregation, and decided to take on the project of actually building a streaming studio. One where they could stream live, and if the pastor was up to the task, have Facebook open to where they could see comments in real time and be able to communicate (as much as possible that way) with anyone that had a prayer request or something that wanted to say.
After a month or so of a trial run done in a make-shift studio, it was a resounding success, and the project moved forward to the next step. Find a room and transform it. JCA media was brought in for just the task. The church had the room painted, electric installed for light rails, and new carpet, then JCA took over. Lighting rails were installed on three walls, acoustic panels surrounded the studio and control room, and a connection panel housing of four HDMI inputs, four audio sources, an auxiliary output, and a DMX output was installed on the wall leading to the control room. In the control room, and simple, yet extremely flexible system was installed. For a switcher, JCA decided on the ATEM TV Studio HD. That would allow room for all the HDMI’s from the studio, but also allow 4 SDI to feed from an Ultrastudio to give full screen graphics or alpha-keyed lower thirds or side thirds. An Allen&Heath QU-Pac was installed to handle the audio, and an ETC Colorsource 20 was installed to control the lighting, which comprised of 6 Chauvet Ovation F-55WW fresnels and 2 Ovation F-55FC fresnels. For the cameras, LBC decided to go with the Blackmagic Pocket 6K cameras as they already had Canon lenses that would pair beautifully with them, and for mics, the DPA 4088 was chosen for its near perfect speech reproduction.
When the studio was complete and in full swing, LBC decided it was also time to rejuvenate the extremely dilapidated pa system in the sanctuary as it was completely empty! LBC had some requirements for their PA they had to be met. Coverage was extremely poor before, so that had to be addressed. Low end was nearly non-existent before, that was a must, but with NO subs on the floor and if possible, with no actual sub cabinet. They didn’t want multiple huge cabinets hanging from the ceiling. So whatever main was chosen had to be able to handle the low end on its own. And lastly, the system needed to blend into the traditional architecture of the church. After multiple considerations and models, LBC chose a Danley Sound Labs design. The main would be the SM80F. While the cabinet only has three drivers, it is not one to take lightly (literally, the cabinet weighs 285lbs). The SM80F is a bi-amped cabinet that housing a 12” coaxial HF driver, but then two 15: LF drivers that are placed in their own tapped horn configuration, in their own compartment, but in the same cabinet as the HF. The result is a beefy main that can handle down to 40hz with ease. To fill the front corners two Cubes where used, and under the balcony 4 Nanos filled where the SM80F couldn’t reach. All of which are powered by just one Danley DNA 20K4 PRO amplifier. The end result, an astonishingly powerful pa with only 7 cabinets and one amp.
Studio Equipment List:
2 x Blackmagic Pocket 6K Cameras
1 x Blackmagic ATEM TV Studio HD
1 x Blackmagic Ultrastudio HD Mini
1 x Blackmagic Web Presenter
1 x Blackmagic Hyperdeck Studio Mini
ETC Colorsource 20
6 x Chauvet Ovation F-55WW Fresnels
2 x Chauvet Ovation F-55FC Fresnels
Furman Conditioning and Sequencing
Apple Mac Minis for ProPresenter and Streaming
Sanctuary PA Equipment:
Danley SM80F Main
2 x Danley Cube Front Fills
4 x Danley Nano Under Balcony Fills
2 x Danley Choir Monitors
Danley DNA20K4 Pro Amplifier
Furman Conditioning and Sequencng