When Things Go Wrong: Correcting For Flaws in Your PA

How do you respond, though, when the trusted advice of an expert causes more trouble than it solves? Or when some small changes have unexpected consequences?

When Things Go Wrong: Correcting For Flaws in Your PA
This photo is an example of a project that was completed as originally planned, which included a line array install at Sugar Creek Baptist Church earlier this year in Sugar Land, Texas. But as spelled out in this piece, sometimes original plans for installs can unfortunately end up requiring major changes, based on a single factor.
When Things Go Wrong: Correcting For Flaws in Your PA
This photo is an example of a project that was completed as originally planned, which included a line array install at Sugar Creek Baptist Church earlier this year in Sugar Land, Texas. But as spelled out in this piece, sometimes original plans for installs can unfortunately end up requiring major changes, based on a single factor.

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Front fill: Depending on how your system is designed, there is usually a gap between the row of seats the main speakers can be heard and the edge of the stage. Fill speakers, generally low profile in design, sit at the edge of the stage and aim directly at the people in the pit or first rows. These output less power than the mains since they only support the main sound for the first several feet, instead of throwing to the back of the auditorium.

Equip Your Solutions

With that background in place, let’s pick up our story.

The original design was to hang a horizontal array in the center of the room, but when we lost the ability to hang it safely, we changed the design to point source. This let us spread the speakers out to safe points while still addressing all 150 feet of our wide room. We also had to adjust the angles of the speakers a few times to achieve adequate coverage.

In addition, some additional truss work was added in the middle of our room, along with delays that were incorporated to reach the farthest sections from the mains. This really cleaned up the back of the room, and it was for a long time my personal favorite part of the room to sit.

We also had a significant gap of 10 to 15 feet between the edge of our stage and the first few rows of seats. As a Pentecostal church, altar calls are part of who we are. As a result, the area where no one was supposed to sit became one of the biggest needs. To fix this, we installed fill speakers to the sides of the stage. We may still add more.

Trust Your Calling

We did everything we could to do it right, but chaos interrupted anyways. Though we like to declare war on the way we do things, we also face ambushes that are beyond our control.

Be sure of your calling. If you work unto the Lord, the time is worthwhile, even if the PA is not. But so is the call to finish what you started. Listen to your PA and identify what needs to be fixed.

Research the different tech options, maybe hire another (better) expert. Do what you can to make the best of it while waiting for your answer. Then pursue the solution with all your passion. Even this can be worship.




More About Adrian Gates
Adrian Gates is the Media Director for Crossroads Community Church in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. In his 16 years as a media professional, Adrian has served many different roles, including music producer, web master, videographer, consultant, social media “expert,” sound guy, lighting guy, stage hand, and roadie. His clients have included some of the largest tech companies in the world, New England churches looking to modernize, and dedicated weekend warriors. Adrian is a graduate of the New England Institute of Art and Communications.
Get in Touch: mediaservices@crossroadsconnects.com    More by Adrian Gates

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Worship Facilities Magazine, November-December 2017
The November-December 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a review of the 49 New Product Award entries this year, as well as those entries up for Solomon Awards in 2017.


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