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The use of AV-over-IP (e.g., audio networking) eliminates point-to-point cables and connectors between devices like mixers and amplifiers, rendering all connections as parameters in software, that are easily restored if changed. Unlike a confusing nest of tangled cables, solutions like Dante AV-over-IP provide a clear, easy-to-read interface that everyone can understand.

How Volunteers Can Benefit From Digital AV Solutions

The use of AV-over-IP eliminates point-to-point cables and connectors between devices like mixers and amplifiers, rendering all connections as parameters in software.

Houses of worship share much in common with many event venues; they each serve groups of people who are participating together to share messages and feelings, and an AV system is most likely being used to deliver these messages over speakers and screens.

Migrating to an all-digital workflow provides a much safer environment for AV volunteers when properly managed.

Where houses of worship differ significantly from other parts of the AV world, though, is in their use of volunteers when deploying and operating such systems. Even though it may serve as a wonderful way for members to participate, it also represents a risk to the people responsible for keeping the AV system working for everyone.

Good intentions, but…

Volunteers who make mistakes are certainly not trying to make things worse. They are trying to do something good, and it went wrong. In the past, this may have meant problems, such as:

  • Speakers connected to the wrong amplifier
  • Microphones connected to the wrong input channel
  • Mixer gain controls far too high or low
  • Cables from the mixer to the amplifiers incorrectly patched
  • Etc.

In the days of analog, any of these problems could stop an event and take minutes or hours to track down and repair. The benefits of sharing responsibility with volunteers are weighed against these possible problems.

Thanks for the memories

Modern digital AV systems, thankfully, don’t rely upon point-to-point cables to connect devices, and they aren’t dependent upon mechanical faders and switches in the same manner as analog systems.

Digital mixers can store and recall settings, allowing volunteers to learn “on the job” without jeopardizing carefully executed setups.

The use of AV-over-IP (e.g., audio networking) eliminates point-to-point cables and connectors between devices like mixers and amplifiers, rendering all connections as parameters in software, that are easily restored if changed.

Unlike a confusing nest of tangled cables, solutions like Dante AV-over-IP provide a clear, easy-to-read interface that everyone can understand.

Migrating to an all-digital workflow provides a much safer environment for AV volunteers when properly managed.

You know who

All volunteers deserve praise for wishing to contribute, but not all can be entrusted with large responsibilities right away. There are things to learn and people to work with.

In analog systems, there is no way to assign people to specific roles - anyone can turn a knob or bump a fader. But with digital systems, passwords and other forms of security can be implemented, to keep these accidents limited to a minimum.

At a more sophisticated level, AV-over-IP systems can incorporate the kind of security used on their spiritual next-of-kin; regular computer networks. Products such as Dante Domain Manager give AV managers in houses of worship the ability to “break up” the networked AV system into logical, independent sections (domains) and to specifically delegate privileges in these domains to individual users, just as networks are divided and managed in businesses.

Armed with these tools, house of worship AV managers can assign volunteers to AV duties, based upon experience, knowing that the system will help to enforce their wishes.

Volunteers can learn without worrying that they might do damage, and most importantly: everyone can participate, together.

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