The Show 2013 Ableton Live Show Control

Screen Shot 2013-06-09 at 5.50.26 PMI can’t believe we just got done with The Show 2013, just doesn’t seem like another year has passed!  Will Doggett from and myself put together a video showing how we controlled everything for The Show.

Once again everything centered around Ableton Live and it worked great!  All 3 nights went very well considering the hundreds of cues that were happening.  Check it out!

Eikon Downtown At Club Revolution

2013-05-22-19.51.55Recently we had a pretty unique event.  Our young adult ministry, Eikon, took over a club downtown and had an outreach focused worship service.  This was at Club Revolution in downtown Fort Lauderdale and we called the event “Eikon Downtown”.

The goal was to reach out and meet people that don’t know Jesus in an environment that’s comfortable to them.  We had a DJ open the night.  Then a time of worship followed by a short teaching and alter call.  Several people came forward which was awesome!  Then we closed out the night with some more worship.  I don’t know the exact number but over 500 people showed up and it was a very cool event.

We did some prep work ahead of time and used Light Converse to help previsualize our lighting looks and plan the stage layout.  This really helped us have a plan before getting into the room.  The schedule was fairly tight so a lot of time was spent ahead of time planning and trying to make the day run as smoothly as possible.

2013-05-22-17.52.22We used the club’s lighting system which consisted of 8 Martin Mac 600 wash lights, 2 Martin strobes, and 3 Martin Mac 250’s.  We augmented the lighting with a fairly large video projection.  We brought a drop to use as a screen and made a 36′ x 9′ image using three 12,000 lumen projectors.

Lighting was controlled by an ETC ION lighting console.  Video was fed from a MacBook Pro running ProPresenter.  This controlled all of our videos and lyrics.  All of this was then controlled by another MacBook running Ableton Live.

Ableton sent out Midi commands to the ProPresenter machine to change all of the backgrounds and lyrics.  It also could have controlled lighting but we ran out of time to program cues, I had to run lights manually.  The plan was to trigger lighting cues from Ableton.

For audio we used the house Turbosound system which worked well.  We brought in a Yamaha CL3 for FOH and took care of 6, stereo, wireless IEM systems with the CL3 and an iPad running their app.  The iPad was great and allowed us to dial in mixes from stage for each person.

So far the response from this event has been very positive.  That’s a good thing, ha ha.  When you’re trying something new there’s always that chance of it falling flat.  Again we had a great response so we’ll probably do this again at some point.  If over 500 people came out on a Wednesday night then getting the club on a Friday night would be awesome!


Stadium Easter Service 2013

View from FOH
View from FOH

This year marked another successful Easter service out at FAU stadium in Boca Raton.  God came through again with some awesome weather and 26,000 people showed up to celebrate with us!

Once again Special Event Services (SES) provided just about everything on the production side of things.  The stage, PA, lighting, and video truck was all provided by SES.  Having SES provide everything streamlined and simplified the planning that it takes to pull off a large scale event like this.  They’re great!

PA was highlighted by the GTO Outline line array system.  At the stage were four hangs, a main left and right plus side fill left and right.  Towards the back of the field were three small delay carts to make sure that the people 450 feet away still had clear and intelligible audio.

Amazingly the main PA hangs will reach that far no problem.  But with an outdoor event and wind that could pick up at any time and blow away the sound, we hedge our bet and put out the carts.  The end result was even coverage throughout the entire venue.

We recently installed a Midas XL8 in our main sanctuary.  Because of that SES brought out an XL8 to the stadium for us to use at front of house in place of the analog Midas they used to bring out.  We loaded up our show file from the main sanctuary and immediately we were 90% dialed in, very cool!  This really helped us get through sound check and rehearsal efficiently.

At monitors we used a Yamaha PM5D feeding 2 universes of Aviom.  One set of 16 channels for the vocals and another set of 16 channels for the band.  Since we’re running a DSP5D in the main sanctuary we were able to just drop in that show file and bring up monitor world pretty quickly.  Overall both digital consoles saved us a lot of time and allowed us to fine tune instead of starting from scratch.

Even though our Easter service was a daytime event we brought out some stage lighting.  Since the stage is covered you can see the lighting and it added some nice eye candy, especially for video.

SES brought out a pretty cool LED curtain system.  This replaced our static banner that we used in the past and allowed for some cool motion graphics during the service.  The video wall was 37′ x 16′ and pretty high res.  It was also much lighter and traveled smaller that a typical video wall.  Overall a very cool system.

That’s about it, I just wanted to share our experiences this year.  It’s nice to go to the same venue, you get to learn and improve on the event each year.  I’m sure that next year will be even better!


Easter At FAU Stadium 2013

Screen shot 2013-04-03 at 7.28.12 PMIt’s crazy to think that Easter service last year was my first post on, time flies!  I’ll post up some more details later but I wanted to show the time lapse I just finished.  My friend Eric helped out and got his GoPro way up high in the stadium, made for a great shot!

This was all done with GoPro HD Hero 3’s and 2’s.  I was going to get my CineMoco set up, I even brought it to the stadium, but I just didn’t have the time to manage it.  Maybe next year.

Music in the video is original music from our Oceans Edge School of Worship, awesome stuff!

Thanks to the FAU staff that helped our service go very smoothly!  Also a special thanks to Special Event Services who once again provided all of the production elements.  They’re a truly top notch group and they make large events like this feel easy!

Oceans Edge School Of Worship Drum Feature

Screen shot 2013-02-22 at 12.23.30 PMDuring last year’s The Show we had a lot of fun putting together a pretty cool drum feature.  Just a fun break from the norm during the show.  Lots of drums, lots of lights, what’s not to like!?

I had a lot to do with the lighting.  Light Converse really allowed us to try out ideas before loading into the room.  We also did the bulk of our programming virtually.

We video taped it and some very creative people put together this video, check it out!

A Walk Through The Psalms Dance Concert

IMG_9581Our school here at the church, CCA, is putting on its annual dance concert this week.  We’ve been busy putting together some cool lighting, video, and audio elements to compliment the dancing on stage.  At the same time we’re trying to get the tech kids a chance to get hands on with some of the really cool gear that’s in our theatre.

We leaned on side lighting a lot for this event.  That helped keep things isolated from upstage to downstage and keep from washing out the cyc’s and scrims.  This was especially important when we were projecting video content.  Each row of side lighting consisted of conventional and LED lights so we could fill in with any color we want.

Here are some pictures from the concert.  Overall things went very well and the kids did a great job!