Control an X32 with a Touch Screen (Churchfront Accelerator Case Study)

Hey there, this is Adam, and I’m excited to be back at Parkwood Baptist Church in Virginia. Over the past few days, we’ve been hard at work revamping the Fellowship Hall, a multifunctional space that hosts various ministries, Sunday services, worship events, and more. Join me as I take you on a journey through our recent tech transformation.

Making the Tech Upgrade:

One of our primary goals was to align the tech setup in the Fellowship Hall as closely as possible with that of the main sanctuary. To achieve this, we decided to replicate many of the processes we had in place in the sanctuary. It was an ambitious project, but with a well-thought-out plan and a fantastic team, we were up for the challenge.

Planning and Preparation:

Our success began with meticulous planning and preparation. On my previous visit, I spent a significant amount of time untangling cables and cleaning up before we could start the actual work. This time, I was pleasantly surprised when Tracy and her team took my diagram, printed it, and posted it on the door. This ensured that all the necessary cable runs and setups were completed before my arrival, setting us up for a smooth start.

The Organized Tech Booth:

As we entered the tech booth, it was evident that we had come a long way from our initial setup. Previously, the space housed a Roland Mixer and various computers, but we knew it was time for an upgrade. Our revamped booth now features a dedicated ProPresenter computer, equipped to handle multimedia presentations with ease. We installed a DeckLink Duo into the PCIe slot of the PC running ProPresenter.

Here’s an interesting twist: the older computer that couldn’t accommodate the Deck Link Duo found a new purpose – controlling the ATEM Television Studio HD. And here’s a fun fact for you: the Television Studio HD was relocated from the sanctuary, giving us more flexibility in its use. For live streaming, we set up a PTZ optics controller to manage two PTZ cameras, allowing us to create dynamic shots and overlays with the Deck Link Duo.

Audio Excellence:

Audio quality is paramount, and we left no stone unturned in ensuring top-notch sound. We chose to work with an X32 rack, a setup I’ve installed in the past and have grown to appreciate for its ease of use. The touchscreen interface simplifies routing and adjustments, making it a breeze to fine-tune audio settings. For those wondering, we’re using a Dell P2418HT to control M32 Edit, complete with the software ‘Waveform’ for virtual soundcheck capabilities. This is a handy tool for practicing mixing.

Stage and Audio Integration:

Our stage setup received some upgrades as well. We’re utilizing the existing speakers and plugged into them with our SSD 16 stage box. We also made a significant change by adding a quarter-inch whip with eight channels to gain better control over the electronic drum kit, including the kick, snare, toms, ride, high hat, and crashes. This enhances the overall sound quality and stage experience.

Remote Support with Jump Desktop:

One essential aspect of our upgraded tech setup is the inclusion of Jump Desktop software on all production booth computers. This means that we can provide remote support and assistance when needed. Being physically present is essential for some tasks, but remote access can save time and resources in many situations.

Acknowledging Tracy and the Churchfront Accelerator Program:

Before I wrap this up, I want to give a big shout-out to Tracy and her dedicated team. Tracy is a member of the Churchfront Accelerator program, and she has done an exceptional job of translating knowledge into actionable steps. This project wouldn’t have been such a success without her commitment and the support of the Churchfront community.

Join the Churchfront Accelerator Program:

If you’re eager to enhance your church’s tech setup, learn from online courses, or even have our team visit your location for hands-on assistance, I invite you to explore the Churchfront Accelerator program.

Conclusion:

The transformation of Parkwood Baptist Church’s tech setup is a testament to the power of planning, organization, and collaboration. It also highlights the valuable resources and support available through the Churchfront Accelerator program. If you’re looking to elevate your church’s tech game, seize the opportunity and take your ministry to new heights.

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