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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So how do you plan? You start planning before you ever make a purchase. With the understanding that all gear will fail, make a plan from day one on how you will maintain and eventually replace it. A way to do this is to create an ongoing equipment list and a maintenance schedule. This document should list when you purchased the equipment, how much you paid for it, notes on what has been done and spent to maintain each current piece of equipment, and the expected lifespan for each piece.

Quality AVL equipment, if maintained properly, should last you on average seven to 10 years. I also recommend that you budget one percent within the warranty period, 5 percent after, for ongoing cost of ownership. This isn’t a hard and fast rule but is a great place to start. Note that purchasing lesser quality equipment will have a much shorter lifespan and cost more in percentage to maintain.

In the end, you should have ongoing and healthy communication with leadership about upgrades. Also know that communication is much smoother when backed up by prayer, planning, and exceptional stewardship.




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.
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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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