FASTER SETUP & STRIKE FOR PORTABLE CHURCH | Timothy J Miller
One value we have at Bayside Community mean that you can afford the added weight of cases should include a battery recharging bay
Church is making things as easy as possible for protective cases for mics rather than throwing that is filled following your final service of the
our volunteers. It matters to us that even while such sensitive components unprotected into day. (Batteries will need time to recharge before
serving, people can take time for relationship a box. using them again.)
means we believe serving is less about getting 2. GO WIRELESS AND DIGITAL. 3. DECLUTTER, DE-NOISE, AND SIMPLIFY.
a task done and more about growth. However, A digital snake uses a single Cat 5 cable to That means choices like considering a Kemper
considering that most of the eight campuses replace a bunch of individual wires or a much or Helix for guitars instead of pedal boards
in our 12,000+ church are portable and require heavier snake. A digital board usually offers built- and amplifiers. Electronic drums reduce stage
weekly setup and strike, there’s a significant in internal compressors, equalizers, and gates noise that can overwhelm smaller venues
amount of work that must be accomplished in for every channel instead of requiring you to and drastically reduce time for tuning, drum
a short amount of time. have additional racks for all those components, enclosures, mic placement, and gear setup.
saving you both money and time transporting, If your musicians and vocalists memorize their
We’re constantly looking for ways to do things connecting, maintaining, and storing them all. music, not only will they perform better and be
better, and we’ve made plenty of blunders over Additionally, a digital board usually features more freed to interact with the congregation,
the years. I’m hoping that some of the solutions channel and scene recalls so that the sound each other, and the Lord, they don’t need music
we’re learning may help you reduce your setup tech can drag and drop the settings for each stands that have to be moved and stored every
and strike times so you can focus on what’s mic and instrument instead of having to reset week. Likewise, using a single labeled multi-
most important for you and your team. every setting on the entire sound board by microphone stand offstage instead of individual
building and connecting with Jesus. That
hand before the band can begin. Wireless microphone stands for each vocalist onstage
1. USE WHEELS. microphones decrease visual clutter, reduce means less storage space, less setup time, and
Whether built into a case or using a dolly, wheels trip hazard cables, and decreasing setup reduced onstage clutter. If you’re putting up
allow people to move much heavier loads time. Wireless in-ears eliminates heavy stage fake walls to help transform your environments,
without nearly the effort. Larger wheels handle monitors, reduce stage volume, and make it consider hanging them from easy-to-use
small stones, uneven sidewalk, and door jambs possible to incorporate loop and cue options. magnets rather than hooks that attach to the
much more smoothly. If a case lacks wheels, Keep in mind that going wireless means using hung ceiling frame; you’ll be amazed at the time
stack it on top of a case that does. Wheels also lots of batteries, so one of your rack mount you save.
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