The Ladder Community Center

The Ladder Community Center is a renovated building that is designed to have excellent functionality for everyone in the community. We had the privilege to design audio, video and video surveillance systems for this building. When designing these systems, it was important to everyone that we kept a high level of functionality. There are four main areas in the building and we have incorporated the ability to have audio and video in all locations from any source. In each space we installed a control plate that allows the users to select the audio and video sources easily and quickly. Below each control plate there are inputs for alternate video and audio sources. This will make it easy to have classes or presentations in any of the areas of the building. We installed a projector, screen, audio mixer, and main speakers to hold all kinds of event for the community. We are very excited for the opening of this new space.

First Baptist Church Kalamazoo – New Years Festival

First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo is a part of the annual New Year’s Festival in Kalamazoo. One week before this year’s festival they came to us with some major issues they were experiencing with their IMG_3373sound board. They wanted to upgrade to a digital sound board which meant we had to get the equipment, install it, and do training on it in less than a week.  We were able to finish the installation in time and the jazz and classical acts by the Western Jazz Quartet, Katelin Spencer and Helen Lukan went off without a hitch.

Evergreen Church of Baldwin

Evergreen Church in Baldwin built a new building that held its first service yesterday 12/6/15. We spent the weekend there to train volunteers and help run the new audio and video system we had installed for their first service. It was important to us that we designed these systems to be easy to use so volunteers could operate and be trained very effectively. We installed a single switch that can power the whole system on and off in proper sequence. The audio system speakers consist of three main speakers for the main sanctuary, as well as six ceiling speakers for the fellowship area, and a single ceiling speaker for the nursery. For the video system we installed two projectors that show on the wall in the front of the Sanctuary, a confidence monitor for the pastor or people leading worship, as well as a monitor for announcements and service in the fellowship area. Evergreen Church is very please with the end result and service we provided them.

First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo

First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo was experiencing issues with ineligibility of the audio in their sanctuary.  The size of the space and the output and coverage of the speakers they had were not powerful enough to provide the coverage and volume needed.  The issue needed to be resolved with low IMG_3180cost while still providing long term solution.  We installed two Community 12″ two-way full-range loudspeakers powered by a 475 watt amplifier.  We reused 3 JBL 70 volt speakers they already had installed on both sides underneath the balcony.  We also upgraded their wireless microphones.  Between these two relatively inexpensive upgrades and the use of their existing sound board, we were able to get good sound that covered the whole seating area.

 

First Presbyterian Church of Three Rivers

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First Presbyterian Church contacted us with issues they were having with there audio and reverberation. This caused intelligibility issues which meant people listening during the service had a hard time understanding. This was because there current speaker configuration was causing the audio to hit the walls and bounce around.

First Presbyterian did not want to put acoustic treatment on the wall so we designed an audio system that suited their needs very well.   We installed 2 JBL DSX280 powered column array loudspeakers to solve the issues they were experiencing.  These speakers use a vertical beam shaping technology that can be controlled by the use of software.  This allowed us to point the sound at the seating area for optimal performance. The speakers also look great and work very well aesthetically with the space. We installed a new digital board which was ideal for fine adjustment as well as ease of use for volunteers. We also updated their FM transmitting system to help people that have a hard time hearing.

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Their choir was having issues hearing with their current monitors because they were not providing enough coverage. We replaced the old monitors with a slim looking speaker that provides excellent coverage. We mounted one permanently on the wall in the choir loft and put the other on a speaker stand so it can be moved while not in use.  We also mounted a video monitor in a discrete location for the choir so they could see what is shown on the camera or the projector.

First Presbyterian did not have an existing projector or camera for recording. We installed a HD projector that provides a great image in their space as well as an HD camera for recording there service.  The camera image also displays on the TV so the choir can see what is happening on the stage.  We went through all equipment and made sure it was functioning and looked neat. It is very important to us that the volunteers and First Presbyterian know how these systems work so we spent adequate time training them. They are pleased with what we were able to do for them.