Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas at Lake Pointe Part 3.5

Apparently the video in this post is not working correctly so I moved it to a new server. Lets try this again.

Christmas at Lake Pointe Part 3.

Last year our pastor, Steve Stroop, did the Joseph monolog for Christmas. It was very well done and many people commented about how much they liked it. This year our teaching pastor, Wes Hamilton, wanted to do something a little different.

Yes, that is him singing. This is not the final version, but you get the idea. The last part will be done live and is the song "Tomorrow." Our worship pastor, Danny Davis, recorded all the music tracks. You should see the blooper reel the team put together. I'll try to get it posted soon. If you going to go over the top, you might at well go hard.

Christmas at Lake Pointe Part 2.

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas, at least on the stage. ( Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.)

Part of my job for this week was making sure all the extra stuff was setup in our broadcast audio suite. In order to accomodate all the orchestra and extra vocalists, we brought in a side car console, well 2 actually.

The Soundcraft Series 5 is the normal console in the room and the Yamaha and Mackie are just for this weekend. All of the orchestra instruments are close mic'd with AT 350's. Plus, there are several over heads, both AKG 414's and Neuman KM84's. The Yamaha is mixing 28 channels of just the orchestra and the main stereo mix is feed to the Series 5. The Mackie is mixing all the video lines as well as a ProTools rig that will be used for one song. The video and the ProTools are sub mixed as 2 stereo pairs and sent to the Series 5. There are a total of 88 real inputs, not counting EFX returns. I spent a good bit of time getting all to familiar with the patch bay in there.

Normally, there are only about 10 patches for a weekend as most of the lines are normaled. Lastly, I patched 72 channels of hard disk recording to all the consoles.
The entire team, including many volunteers, worked hard to put together an amazing service for this weekend and Christmas eve. We are expecting as many as 15,000 people for our services. Creating a great experience where people can connect with what God has for them is our primary driving force. I am truly thankful for being a part of such a great team.

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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Christmas at Lake Pointe

In order to promote the Christmas spirit, we put out a few Christmas trees. There were about 50 volunteers who helped to setup all these trees. It was very cool to see everyone out working on this project together. They are a great group of people and I love working with them. There are 52 trees in all. Our amazing new lighting designer, Brandon, spent many hours setting up all those tree lights to be on dimmers. I do wish I could take a better picture, but you get the idea.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

New Friends

Today was a fun day as I had the opprotunity to spend some time with Greg Atkinson. Greg is the Tech Director at Bent Tree Bible Fellowship. It was nice to get to know him a more than just via his blog and FaceBook. As we talked and realized just how small the church tech world really is, it has once again reminded me of our unique gifts and opprotunity to reach our local community for Jesus. It was also nice to be reminded that we all really do struggle at times and wonder if anyone outside the small group of us have any understanding of what it takes to do the work we do.
Right now, Greg and his church are moving to a new 3300 seat facility. They are moving gear over from their current place and of course, still making every week happen. All this at Christmas time to top it off. WOW! He also shared with me that there is a lot of local tech guys that get together every other month to share ideas and talk about what is happening at their church. I'm looking forward to getting to know some of the other people in town.

Do any of you are spend time with your local community of tech people? If not, then pick up the phone and make some arrangements to meet. I would love to hear about your gatherings.