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Behind-the-scenes of eTown Hall and Recording Studio, Part 1

Show 103-1

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In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles talks with Sam Berkow of SIA Acoustics about the construction and sound system installation for eTown Hall in Boulder, Co. The venue is home to a weekly eTown music show recorded before a live audience and broadcast on NPR, public and commercial radio stations nationwide. Equipped with a separate recording studio and offices, the facility is one of the most Green in the country, complete with solar panels. In part one, Berkow outlines the construction and acoustic installation on the project.
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Chicago Field Museum of Natural History’s James Simpson Theater, Part 2

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In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles goes into more detail with Megan Henninger on the new sound system installed by Clearwing Productions in the James Simpson Theater at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. Megan describes running the speaker wiring and how they used the L-Acoustics LA Network Manager software to set up and ring out the speaker system. She also has some interesting comments on how the small 5XT speakers were concealed along the front edge of the stage.
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Audio for High-energy Restaurant, Part 2

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In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles wraps up his chat with Mark Schultz of Parsons Technologies about the complete renovation of the Game Seven Grill in Phoenix. Located beside Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team, the restaurant is the place to be for local baseball fans. Schultz outlines the outside plaza portion of the new sound system powered by Crown amps and covered by Community Professional R.25 all-weather speaker enclosures. The system is controlled from two locations using a BSS BLU-10 panel.
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Chicago Field Museum of Natural History’s James Simpson Theater, Part 1

Show 102-1

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In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles talks with Megan Henninger from Milwaukee AV sales, rental and staging company Clearwing Productions about their installation of a sound system upgrade at the James Simpson Theater. Part of the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History, the theater got a 3D projection system and upgraded the sound system to match it using L-Acoustics ARCS Wide speaker enclosures and several models from the XT series.

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Audio for High-energy Restaurant, Part 1

Show 101-1

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In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles talks with Mark Schultz of Parsons Technologies about the complete renovation of the Game Seven Grill in Phoenix. The project included an all new sound and video system for this very loud and busy sports bar located beside Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team. Based on Community Professional CP6 pendant loudspeakers, the new sound system had to be able to cut through a lot of noise and cheering fans.

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Worship Install From the Ground Up, Part 2

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In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles continues his talk with AV technician Kevin Kuhn from Morgantown, W.V., about the complete AV system installation he led for non-denominational South Ridge Church in nearby Freemont. Kuhn provides details on the hybrid wedge/in-ear stage monitoring system design, miking the pastors with lapel vs. head-worn models, and tech crew training on the new AV gear.
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Sound in the Glass Thorncrown Chapel, Part 2

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In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles continues his talk with Robert Coggins and Mark LaBouff of FBP Systems regarding their new sound system installation at Thorncrown Chapel. They discuss the placement of speaker arrays and the Bose PM8500N amplifier. Robert outlines the installation and the testing of the Panaray MA12EX system and the very difficult acoustic environment with hard floors and 425 windows. The speaker arrays also had to be located almost directly behind the pulpit microphones for an even more challenging project.
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Worship Install From the Ground Up, Part 1

Show 100-1

To hear the podcast press the play button or download here. Or read the transcription.

In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles talks with AV technician Kevin Kuhn from Morgantown, W. Va., about the complete AV system installation he led for non-denominational South Ridge Church in nearby Freemont. Kuhn outlines the speaker system, talks about his selection of a Soundcraft SiExpression 3 mixer for the front of house, and comments on his team effort with Northern Sound and Light on the project.
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Sound in the Glass Thorncrown Chapel, Part 1

Show 99-1

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In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles talks with Robert Coggins and Mark LaBouff of FBP Systems regarding their new sound system installation at the Thorncrown Chapel. Constructed largely of glass, the building is a challenging sound environment and there had been less than successful previous attempts by others trying to provide good sound for the facility. Robert and Mark provided a Bose Panaray MA12EX system and after a few days of work, the problem was solved.

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Maximizing the Worship Space, Part 2

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In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles talks with Brent Hayes of SVL Productions about the lighting and video components of the recent technical upgrade for the First Free Church in Rockford, Illinois. Brent describes the removal of many PAR 64 instruments and the addition of LED lighting instruments and control for the church. He also provides details on the addition of three Panasonic projectors and three large projection screens, the center on of which is motorized.
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The SVC Blogcast encompasses the podcasts Houses of Worship AV, Corporate AV, and Networked AV. In the Houses of Worship AV podcast, ministers of media, sound, lighting and video experts, and technology manufacturers share best practices and installation secrets. Corporate AV focuses on audiovisual installation within corporate environments such as boardrooms, meeting rooms, training centers, and corporate lobbies. Networked AV covers the challenges of moving professional audio, video, and control signals across the entire signal distribution chain from source to destination.

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