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Environmental Projection

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by Mike Sessler, ChurchTechArts.org

I was about to start this article off with the phrase, "A few weeks ago..." but then I realized it was actually a few months ago now. Anyway, a few months ago, we had the privilege of hosting Camron Ware at Coast Hills as he did a hands-on demonstration of Environmental Projection (EP). Camron is a great guy; very knowledgeable and very humble. He will say he didn't invent EP, but he certainly has been a driving force in helping churches all over the world get up and running with EP systems and media. 

When I was approached about hosting this event, I was a little concerned that our room would not be conducive to EP as the front of our auditorium is a mishmash of curtains, walls, screens, angles and the stage. It didn't take long to find I was wrong. The first thing Camron did was to set up three projectors. Two were supplied by a local vendor (a pair of Chrisite 5Ks). The other one arrive with Camron in a suitcase. No kidding. He walked in with a rolling suitcase in tow, and pulled out a projector the size of two pizza boxes. Made by Hitachi, it spits out 4000 lumens and costs about $2,000. I believe this is the one: Hitachi CP-X4021N LCD Video Projector

After connecting all three projectors to his MacBook Pro using a TripleHead2Go from Matrox, he threw up this very cool grid in Photoshop. He created this to help him create the mask he uses in ProPresenter to mask out the areas he doesn't want to project on. He spent about 10 minutes creating the mask, though he conceded that in a real installation or bigger show, he might spend quite a bit more time getting it dialed in perfectly.

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The Final 10 Percent

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The first factor was that we’ve radically overhauled and upgraded our infrastructure since last year. This made set up and rehearsal go very smoothly. I also had a great team in place, which meant that I could really focus almost all my energy on being the audio director for the week. That, combined with our relatively new SD8 and virtual soundcheck system meant I could spend two entire mornings refining our mixes.

Normally, we don’t do a mid-week rehearsal for our weekend services. So even though we record one service a week in multi-track, it’s really more for training than anything else. But this week, we had a Tuesday night rehearsal for Easter, and a Thursday rehearsal for Good Friday. I tracked both rehearsals, then spent the morning after tweaking. I have to say, it was a lot of fun.

Now, it should be noted that the mixes didn’t get radically better as I tweaked.

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CTA Classroom - Working with Limited EQ

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by Mike Sessler, ChurchTechArts.org

I’ll admit it. I’m spoiled. For the last several years, I’ve had the opportunity to mix on digital consoles. One of the benefits of most digital consoles is the EQ section; typically a full 4-band parametric plus a variable high pass filter. Frankly, I’ve gotten so used to it that it’s tends to be a bit of a shock when I work on an analog desk that’s not so equipped. It occurred to me the other day that many of you live in that world all the time so I thought I would share some thoughts on making the most of limited EQ.

The first thing to keep in mind is that getting good sound at the source is of paramount importance. Often times, simply moving a mic an inch or two to the left or right; or closer or farther will clean up 80% of what you need to fix. Choosing the correct mic is also important. For example, if your vocalist has a sibilant voice, perhaps there is a mic in your locker that rolls off some high end. Swap mics and perhaps you no longer need that narrow notch at 8K in the EQ that you can’t have anyway. Sometimes you’d like to get more punch from the kick mic; instead of turning EQ knobs...

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What others say

Just a quick note on the two Da-Cappo DA12's our church purchased from you last week. Wow! They really reproduce the voice accurately, whether speaking with the omni, or singing with the cardioid. This was money well spent! Thanks for great advice, as always.

Vic Schiro

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