Upgrade Planning: Research, Homework and (Of Course) Planning All In the Mix

Have realistic expectations of what needs to be improved, purchased, or replaced. Ask yourself, does this piece of equipment help us better achieve our church’s vision?

Upgrade Planning: Research, Homework and (Of Course) Planning All In the Mix
As part of Granger Community Church's recent upgrade of their audio digital consoles, work at the church also included the install of a Nova37, a compact 3RU audio router.

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Upgrade Planning: Research, Homework and (Of Course) Planning All In the Mix

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Worship Facilities Magazine, September-October 2017
The September-October 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a glance at a Granger Community Church, and their recent install of a Lawo audio mixing console system.
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Sometimes, though, you need to head to a product show to learn about what’s new. Shows such as NAB, InfoComm, WFX, and LDI are great places to check out new gear, meet manufacturers, and learn about new technology. If you’re seriously looking to work with a specific manufacturer for an upcoming project, they’ll often provide you with passes to attend the show. Having show passes offered to you is a kind gesture by the manufacturer that can help to offset the cost of the trip.

To be honest, by going to a couple of product shows this past year, it made it much easier to narrow down our choices for a few of our recent and upcoming upgrades. I attended WFX in 2016 when I was on the search for new audio consoles, and it was there that I met the team from Lawo. This meeting would lead us to purchase two of their consoles the following year.

In April of this year, I attended NAB in Las Vegas in search of an LED wall solution for Granger Community Church, one that would replace our current projection system. After meeting with several manufacturers at the show, we were able to narrow down our choices quickly. That would lead us to visit a few churches to see those LED wall products installed, and get their feedback on their experience. Soon after our visits to those churches, we made a decision and recently decided on Absen for that LED wall solution.

Talking to other churches about what gear they are using is a great way to research for upgrade, but know that systems and equipment do not always translate from one venue to the next. You really should understand your needs and expectations.

Also, try not to get narrow-minded minded in your research. Just because your favorite church that you follow on social media has a specific system or piece of gear, doesn’t mean that’s the right gear for you.

Find the RIGHT Integrator

I could write a whole article on this point alone.

I do need to confess something, though, that this is a hard one for me as well.

I don’t play well with integrators for two reasons. First, I’m very protective of my budget, as well as my ministry. Second, I was an integrator for a good while, so I know their schemes. For these reasons, I do not often hire integrators here at Granger. And when I do, I want to feel completely comfortable with who I’m working with.


More About Tony Staires
Tony Staires currently works at Granger Community Church in Granger, Ind., as the Production Director. He’s worked in production and AVL integration over the past 16 years, and has worked with several Grammy and Dove Award winning artists.
Get in Touch: tstaires@gmail.com    More by Tony Staires

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Worship Facilities Magazine, September-October 2017
The September-October 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a glance at a Granger Community Church, and their recent install of a Lawo audio mixing console system.


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