Mountain Christian Church is an active and influential leader in their community as well as the North American Christian Convention. Preliminary conversations began in fall 2014, and by summer 2015 the project had been approved and we were head deep in details. While this was not our first project with the church, this would be the largest and most critical upgrade since it dealt with their main broadcast auditorium.
THE MANKIN 4D PROCESS
The primary goals of the project were updating the audio system to provide a more consistent experience throughout all of the seating areas, alongside a complete SD to HD Migration for broadcast quality video and a theatrical lighting plot that would be broadcast video centric.
Audio System Renovation (Mountain Christian Church)
Project Size: 801-2000 seats
Completion Date: June 1, 2016
The audio system was the first element designed, as the speakers would directly impact sight lines for video screens and lighting. Once the PA was taking shape, we designed the remaining elements to maximize engagement in the room. Behind the scenes, we discovered early on that the current control and machine room spaces would not be sufficient for the new systems, so we selected a new space that could accommodate future growth.
Our deploy process occurred over a four week period, during which we coordinated our implementation schedule to ensure the church could continue to meet in the space during the entire process. To maximize efficiency, we pre-built the entire system at our HQ in Franklin, TN ahead of time. We also conducted preliminary training and configuration for the church on their system at our HQ before it was packed up and sent to the site.
The L’Acoustics amplifiers provide a unique feature where the correct operation and health of the system can be verified through Network Manager software, allowing our team, utilizing Guardian by Mankin, to insure the longevity of the church’s investment.
"This was our third and largest job with Mankin because they've been innovative in planning, flexible with installation and supportive for the long run." - Bob Rufenacht, Technical Arts Pastor
A L'Acoustics Kara Loudspeaker system along with several X12 and X8 flown fills and 5XT front fills provides concert level quality for the room. One unique design implementation is that there are no ground subs in this system because the existing stage was not conducive to it, instead there are two clusters of L'Acoustics SB18's flown directly behind the main arrays to provide tightness and punch. A large Dante network is utilized for signal distribution between a Yamaha CL5 at FOH, a Yamaha TF5 at monitor world, and Shure wireless mics and Aviom personal monitors.
The video system is built around one of the first installations of the Ross Ultrix routing system for both video and multi-channel audio routing as well as on-board multi-viewers, all within the same frame.
Another unique variable in this room is that the auditorium is actually a gymnatorium - doubling as an activity center during the week. As such, the entire FOH including camera platforms and fill displays had to be designed to allow for them to be struck and stored. We designed a custom fiber-based system that allows connection of every signal required at FOH over 4 OpticalCon Tactical Fiber Optic Cables, making setup and tear down simple and signal distribution extremely low profile.
There is always a learning curve when implementing a new system of this size and scope, especially retrofitting an existing space on such an aggressive timeline. However, the Mountain team has met the task with dedication to excellence. These tools have driven their team to push for even higher levels of excellence in their service content and production.