Worship Tech Booth Treatment and Video System Overhaul | Churchfront Accelerator Case Study

Transforming Worship Spaces: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Heatherwood Baptist Church

At Heatherwood Baptist Church in Newnan, Georgia, we recently embarked on a transformative journey to enhance our worship space, focusing on acoustics, organization, and tech integration. The project aimed to address sound clarity issues, streamline the tech booth, and upgrade our audiovisual capabilities to facilitate a more immersive worship experience.

Acoustic Enhancements for Clarity

One of the first challenges we tackled was the sound reflection issue caused by drywall behind the mix position. To mitigate this, we installed sleek telescope panels along the back wall. Not only did these panels reduce unwanted reflections, but they also visually elevated the space with their clean lines and full coverage.

Tech Booth Revamp for Efficiency

The tech booth underwent a significant decluttering process. We removed unnecessary storage that cluttered the area and introduced a more compact Husky unit for essential tech storage. This change, coupled with a minimalist approach to the workspace, has made the tech booth more functional and less overwhelming for our volunteers.

Maximizing the X32 Console

Our Behringer X32 console was at the heart of our audio revamp. Despite facing channel count limitations, we optimized the console to its fullest potential, incorporating Dante for virtual soundchecks and stage connectivity. This reorganization allowed us to handle our inputs and outputs more efficiently, paving the way for a future console upgrade.

Streamlining Rack Equipment

We consolidated our rack equipment, significantly reducing the footprint from two large racks to a single, compact one. This not only made the space more manageable but also allowed for easier access and maintenance of the essential gear, including our Dante network switch and Mac Mini for virtual soundchecks.

Stage Setup for Musicians

On stage, we rethought the layout and equipment setup to better serve our musicians. This included rearranging the P16 personal monitoring systems and integrating tracks over Dante to ensure every musician had access to the mix they needed without overwhelming our channel count.

Video Infrastructure for a Dynamic Worship Experience

We laid the groundwork for a multi-camera setup, starting with a single camera feed but installing infrastructure for future expansion. This setup feeds into our new BoxCast Spark encoder, a key component in simplifying our live streaming setup.

Antenna Solutions for Wireless Clarity

To enhance our wireless microphone system, we moved the receivers to a dedicated rack room and employed an RF Venue architectural antenna, seamlessly blending with the church’s aesthetic while providing reliable wireless connectivity.

Acoustic Treatment Plans for Enhanced Sound Quality

Looking ahead, we plan to install acoustic clouds and wall treatments to further reduce reflections and improve sound quality on stage. This will not only benefit the auditory experience but also contribute to a visually cohesive worship space.

Reflections and Future Steps

Our time at Heatherwood Baptist Church was immensely rewarding, and we’re excited to see how these changes positively impact worship services. The journey doesn’t end here, though. We’re committed to ongoing support and future enhancements, including completing the acoustic treatment project.

For churches looking to embark on a similar transformation, I encourage you to consider how these changes can not only improve your worship experience but also empower your volunteers and staff. If you’re interested in exploring how we can work together to enhance your worship space, visit churchfront.com/apply to start the conversation.

This project at Heatherwood Baptist Church exemplifies the power of thoughtful design, strategic planning, and a willingness to embrace change. By focusing on acoustics, organization, and tech integration, we’ve created a worship space that not only sounds better but also fosters a more engaging and immersive worship experience for all.

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