Major Changes for Lakeside Christian
Lakeside Christian Church is planting vibrant satellite congregations to reach the Kentucky area just across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio. Renovation of a satellite campus in 2016 raised the need to update the main campus, and for that they again called on Custom Sound Designs (CSD) to work with T&W Corporation.
From the beginning, it was apparent that Lakeside’s vision would involve redesigning the Front of House (FOH) tech booth, replacing older technology, and renewing existing technology. They desired a modern, more contemporary worship environment that reflected their Mission Statement to “Love Jesus and love like Jesus.”
The greatest change came in the redesign and relocation of their FOH; a move necessitating significant change in infrastructure, but providing great benefit in the end. The previous FOH was cramped and in the balcony. CSD doubled the size of the booth, and moved it into the center back of the main floor, a location better suited for audio mixing and viewing the stage. All system infrastructure (audio, video, lighting, and cameras) is directed to this new central location.
Lighting is very effective in shaping the worship environment, so Lakeside committed to expansion and upgrades in both house and stage lighting. Thirty-two Color LED fixtures were integrated with owner-furnished ellipsoidal fixtures and mounted to 150’ of custom designed truss. To increase flexibility, fixed head LED color wash fixtures were fitted to upstage truss mounted on motors for raising and lowering. Fixed truss is loaded with moving head wash and beam fixtures that can be operated remotely. Jands Vista provides control of stage and house lighting. House lighting is provided by 84 LED fixtures. Control is integrated with Jands Vista as well as wall panels. All fixtures are fully dimmable (down to 0%).
The new projection system in the satellite campus affirmed Lakeside’s commitment to High Definition upgrades in this project. The existing video system was workable, but small front screens and aging projectors made viewing difficult for many. The rear screen and projector were later additions and a detriment to the aesthetic of the room. Front projectors were replaced with High Definition 11,000 lumen laser projectors, shooting onto 220” diagonal HD screens.
The images are significantly larger, brighter, and more distinct. The rear screen and projector were replaced with a much smaller, more easily hidden 60” LCD HD flat panel monitor. Again, the image is brighter and crisper, and the room aesthetic is greatly improved.
Their existing audio equipment was sufficient, however the system itself needed improvement. CSD recommended a solution emphasizing renewal rather than replacement. The existing speaker array was lowered and 1 box added to provide better coverage to the front seating. Side fill speakers were replaced and under-balcony speakers were added. Digital signal processing was updated, and the net result is more consistent coverage with less expense than all new speakers.
It is difficult to fully express the result in words. “Before and After” comparisons are dramatic. The sanctuary looks and sounds like a newly constructed facility. Ministry opportunities have grown and church leadership is very pleased.
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