Home Page of the Santa Barbara SDA Church Audio-Visual Team
Last updated: 2018-07-28
Manuals for equipment
General things to remember:
- Arrive early enough to set up and test equipment before Sabbath School begins. The lead should report for duty at 9:00am or sooner. If you are unable to serve when scheduled, make arrangements to switch or get a replacement.
- Turn stage lighting switches ON in the area behind the pulpit.
- Turn wireless microphone receivers ON in the area behind the pulpit (if needed).
- Check the battery level on wireless microphones prior to using.
- It is NOT necessary to lock up AV doors and cabinets. Not all AV team members have a key.
Preparation and communication will make things go smoother and lower stress for everyone
- Meet with the speakers, program participants and musicians as needed to discuss what their needs are and give them any necessary instructions. Do not wait for them to approach you. Be proactive!
- Give the main speaker the wireless microphone early.
- Test microphones and other equipment early so that it is not a distraction and becomes a crisis.
During the church service:
- Follow along with the program in the bulletin so appropriate microphones are already turned on when needed.
- Currently, a CD is created each week. As a minimum, include the sermon and the special music.
- The AV team creates a common recording audio feed which is used for video recording and streaming by the internet team, for hearing impaired transmission, for remote speakers in the mother's room and other locations, and for audio recording.
- In general, the recording mix should be considered less critical than the live audio experience in the sanctuary.
- A QSC K12 powered speaker with a single microphone is generally adequate.
- Solo vocalists or small vocal groups generally require microphones for sound reinforcement.
- Larger vocal groups cannot easily be made "louder" with microphones. In these cases, microphones are generally used for recording purposes only, and the singers will need to sing loud enough to be heard.
- For musical presentations, a monitor speaker can help the musician(s) hear the accompaniment much better and keep in tune and in time. Test and verify levels prior to actual use.
- Use a QSC K12 powered speaker.
- Maintain appropriate lighting levels for whatever is happening, including the orchestra.
- It may be a good idea to dim lighting when projecting.
Projecting images, video, PowerPoint or KeyNote presentations:
- It is preferable to project from the front of the church rather than from the back, as the image is much better.
- If possible, encourage the presenter to operate their own video/PowerPoint presentation.
Tips for setting microphone levels on the mixing console:
- In general, it is best to only have actively used microphones turned on. Otherwise, the other microphones will contribute to a degraded sound quality.
- However, when things are busy and it is not practical to actively control all the levels in real time, it is OK to leave several microphones ON so that there is adequate sound reinforcement (for example, the pulpit, prayer, and announcement microphones might all be left on at the beginning of church).