MULTI-Tasking at New Faith Church with CHAUVET Professional

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HOUSTON – A house of worship can touch the spirit and bring worshippers closer to God in many different ways. New Faith Church in Houston demonstrates just how true this statement is every single day. In addition to its Sunday morning services, this dynamic church serves its 2000 congregation members with a full schedule of outreach programs that range from traditional activities like child and youth ministries to more innovative offerings like a “Cultural Arts Ministry” that involves worshippers in drama and music.

A church with this diverse mission requires an equally varied lighting system, which is precisely what Sound Sound LLC of Houston provided, using fixtures from CHAUVET Professional along with trussing from its sister company TRUSST. “We had two very important goals in mind when we started this project, “said Michael Colby of Sound Sound. “One was to reduce costs by replacing the old lighting system with more efficient LED fixtures, but that was just the beginning. We also wanted to create a system that could keep up visually with all of the various activities that take place at New Faith Church.”

In the case of New Faith Church, “keeping up visually” often means that fixtures have to multi task by performing different functions depending on the event taking place. A case in point is provided by the four Rogue R2 Spot moving LED spot fixtures that are ceiling mounted over the congregation on TRUSST CT290-430S 12-inch box truss approximately 60 feet from the stage. Drawing on the fixture’s split color and seamless gobo capabilities as well as its rapid movements, Colby has it perform a variety of functions around the church’s worship stage.

“The Rogue R2 does multiple duties at New Faith,” said Colby. “It’s used to light the front of the stage for the invitation, the Lord’s Supper and the induction of new members. Then it’s also used to spotlight the choir and band with a little extra punch. At the same time, it’s counted on to add texture to events and services with various gobos. In addition to all of this, it provides moving eye candy for the church’s many concert and theatrical productions.”

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The four Rogue R1 Washes that are ceiling mounted over mid-stage on TRUSST CT290-430S 12-inch box truss also multi task at New Faith Church. Colby’s design calls for these fixtures to be used to wash the stage and choir, as well as spot the baptismal and band. During the invitation and Lord’s Supper, the washes are also called upon to enhance the worshipper’s experience by providing back lights for the stage.

Joining the Rogue R1 Washes on the mid-stage overhead truss are six COLORdash Par-Quad 18 RGBA par-style fixtures that are used to provide overhead lighting and accent coloring. Colby positioned eight additional COLORdash Par-Quad 18 fixtures on the back ceiling of the choir stand and to the left and right of the baptismal for backlighting.

Colby also used Ovation LED theatrical lighting for the stage area, mounting them on the same TRUSST CT290-430S 12-inch box truss as the Rogue R2 Spot fixtures. 60 feet from the stage. His design uses four Ovation E-190WW ellipsoidals and four Ovation F-165WW Fresnels to deliver main stage and podium frontal lighting. According to Colby, the 60-foot distance to the stage is no issue for these fixtures given their throw capabilities.

“Replacing the old incandescent ellipsoidals and Fresnels with the Ovation fixtures greatly reduced operating and service costs, which was a big motivation in making this change,” said Colby. “However the performance of the Ovation fixtures is really what’s captured attention and won fans at this church. The brightness and color temperature of these LED fixtures have made the video staff very, very happy. Everyone agrees that the quality of the videotaped services has improved dramatically with no upgrade to the cameras or screens; it’s really thanks to the Ovation fixtures!”

In general, the reaction to the new lighting system at New Faith Church has been “overwhelmingly positive,” according to Colby. Thanks to their mix of features and flexibility, the Chauvet fixtures help the church in its diversified mission, and this, he says, “makes everyone involved very happy.”

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For more information on Sound Sound visit: www.soundsoundllc.com

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The Weekly Rig #10, from CHAUVET Professional and Trusst – Duas Arces!

Back by popular demand after a small pause for the LDI Show preparation…  THE WEEKLY RIG from CHAUVET Professional and Trusst!!!

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This week’s installment is called Duas Arces, which means Two Towers in Latin.  But obviously DUAS ARCES sounds way cooler than Two Towers, right?!  And look — you just learned some Latin!  How cool is THAT?!

Our imaginary band, Todd’s Crazy Shirt, is rocking and rolling with a mix of keys, percussion, a mix master, and vocals — and a full rig of CHAUVET Professional fixtures cutting through the air and making magic pictures!

A few things to take away from this week’s Weekly Rig — design liner notes!

  1. Never forget about your background.  Often in venues that you’ll play, you’ll have a terrible-looking back wall that can be made amazing with a simple focus palette that you update from venue to venue that gives you gobos along the back wall.  Spin them, pulse them, rotate them with colors and varying directions, and you just blew the audience’s mind!
  2. A great gobo usage scenario is having projecting heads on a FOH truss.  Sure you can spot the band, you can highlight parts of the band at certain points…  but what about a front gobo wash?  Turn your band from a front-lit bunch of musicians to a gobo front-lit bunch of musicians that are in motion and vibrate!
  3. Toners:  You have the ability to make every piece of your truss into its own member of the band by just paying a little bit of attention to add your toners to your cues…  truss is gorgeous while lit, why not make it part of your stack?
  4. Add a powerful backlight to each band member — in the case of Duas Arces and Todd’s Crazy Shirt, I added a COLORado Batten Quad 9 Tour behind each band member for a burst of LED color and intensity to turn each member of the band into their own silhouette that lives and breathes with every single human movement the band members make.  Try it, you will not be disappointed.  Try it!
  5. A single front light on each band member can give you the control you need to simply highlight each human and keep your rig tight without having to use an entire system of wash fixtures (or PARs, depending where you are in the world, of course) to accomplish the look.  You can definitely still design in the front washes (and maybe a GOBO WASH system from the front!) while having specials for each band member.  It’s all about how you want to control your rig!

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DUAS ARCES:  CHAUVET Professional Lighting Products
We’ve got a sizable rig for this week’s Weekly Rig — but for a theoretical band of this magnitude, what choice do we have?!!

Direct from the virtual truck pack — fixtures on the stage deck:
30 @ COLORado Batten Quad 9 Tour

Fixtures on Trusst:
48 @ COLORdash Par Quad 7
8 @ Legend 330 SR Spot
4 @ Ovation E-190WW ERS
24 @ ROGUE R2 Beam
28 @ ROGUE R2 Spot

DUAS ARCES:  TRUSST Trussing Products
Lots and lots of Trusst!

32 @ 3m Trusst Arc sections
3 @ 1m Trusst straight sections
24 @ 2m Trusst straight sections
21 @ 3m Trusst straight sections
32 @ 6-Way Trusst corner blocks
28 @ 1m Trusst extension pipes
8 @ 30″ Trusst base plates

Enough of the bullet points, let’s check out this week’s Weekly Rig!  Ladies and gentlemen, Duas Arces with Todd’s Crazy Shirt on the mic!

Check out more episodes of The Weekly Rig here!

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PLEASE NOTE:
This rig is completely theoretical, and there are lots of things like chain motors and required safety devices that would need to be implemented to make this a reality.  Just keep in mind that no matter what rig you build or how you adapt these designs, you need to consult riggers, structural engineers, and all other appropriate experts before attempting to build any of these designs!  The optimal phrase here is “IF YOU CAN’T RIG IT RIGHT, DON’T RIG IT AT ALL.”  Safety is paramount.  Nothing else is really that important.

 

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The Weekly Rig from CHAUVET Professional and TRUSST — Quatuor Erro!

weekly-rig-7-chauvet-professional-dIt’s that time again – another installment of The Weekly Rig from CHAUVET Professional and Trusst!  This week’s installment is called Quatuor Erro, which translates to Four Hallways in Latin.  Now you’re learning Latin!

Particular attention was paid to this week’s design with respect to repetition – an important design element that is often overlooked is the power of repetition and symmetry in your lighting and truss designs.  This brings up another very important aspect of design – do you want even numbers of fixtures in a row or odd numbers?  Each gives you different looks, and the even vs. odd debate also lends itself to different combinations of aerial and wash looks.  Even numbers of fixtures lends itself to interesting center splits in a design, especially when fanning, and the odd numbered fanned splits will require you with a beam right in the center of your view.  Keep in mind this isn’t a bad thing at all; it’s just a different kind of aerial look!

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This week’s installment of The Weekly Rig features the bright and powerful Legend™ 330 SR Spot and the eye-popping Nexus™ 4×4 LED panels, with the COLORado Batten 144 Tour being utilized for architectural blasts.  All of the four lighting positions are made from Trusst™ trussing, all self-standing, and self-supporting!  The Trusst “doorways” are made from 2m straight sections with 90° corners creating the top of the doorway.  COLORdash™ Par Quad 7 LED wash fixtures are used for truss toning – with truss used as scenic elements, it’s best to have a bright fixture lighting your structure up!

Check out some renders of this week’s Weekly Rig, Quatuor Erro!

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The Weekly Rig from CHAUVET Professional and Trusst – Digital Buddha!

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It’s time for another installment of The Weekly Rig from CHAUVET Professional and Trusst trussing!  This week’s rig is geared towards EDM and unconventional bands like The Black Keys and The White Stripes  — meet Digital Buddha!

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This week’s installment of The Weekly Rig brings a relatively new fixture to the forefront of design and maximum output — the bright, versatile, and punchy Nexus Affinity AW7x7 pixel-mapping panel!  Nexus AW7x7 can be mounted in myriad configurations, what we’ve provided here for you is a mere scratch to what can be done with the Nexus AW7x7.

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Also in this week’s Weekly Rig is the venerable Legend 330 SR Spot, the COLORdash Par Quad 7 for truss toning, the COLORado 2 Quad Zoom Tour for backlight blasts, and a FOH truss sporting the Legend 330 SR Spot for maximum audience enjoyment.

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In addition to the CHAUVET Professional lighting fixtures, this week’s edition of The Weekly Rig features several excellent pieces of TRUSST trussing, including 1m sticks, 6-way cornerblocks, 3m truss arcs, and the versatile, strong, and easily configurable universal TV mount for adding displays and monitors to your design!  A media server and some fun content, and you have some excellent dynamic graphics to go along with your rocking light show!

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Stay tuned for next week’s rig where we incorporate circles, triangles, and squares of truss into a design!  Check out our other episodes of The Weekly Rig as well, we hope you find something that rocks you!

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THE WEEKLY RIG from CHAUVET Professional and Trusst – THE GREAT WALL!

It’s the fifth installment of THE WEEKLY RIG from CHAUVET Professional and Trusst!  This week’s installment is affectionately called THE GREAT WALL — check it out!

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The Great Wall, built from TRUSST Trussing, gives a solid structure on stage for you to use in any configuration you can invent — the edges of The Great Wall design features built-in out-rigging support in the form of truss legs that keeps the design upright and weight-balanced.  Make sure that if you modify this design at all that you plan in these pieces on the edges to support the structure!

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THE GREAT WALL utilizes several different models of TRUSST trussing, including 6-way corner blocks (strong and dependable!) 3m straight sections2.5m straight sections1m straight sections, and 24″ base plates.  THE GREAT WALL is a tall-standing backdrop for your tour, band, event, or for anything else to which you can add light and truss!

This week’s installment of THE WEEKLY RIG features the powerful and fast LEGEND 330 SR Spot from CHAUVET Professional — a moving head spot that is just as much of a feature-packed tool as it is a photon cannon.  Also included on the FOH Truss are the venerable Q-Wash 419Z LED fixtures, used in THE GREAT WALL design for front light color washes, and the excellent 3200K LED fresnel in the Ovation line, the Ovation F-165WW, as low backlight blasts.  Truss toning of THE GREAT WALL is done by the COLORado 1 Tri-7 Tour, one of CHAUVET Professional’s hot LED PARs that blasts color down the chords of the truss effectively and intensely.

Spread the word, The Weekly Rig #5 is OUT!

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The Weekly Rig from CHAUVET Professional and TRUSST – Soul Mirrors!

It’s time for the third installment of CHAUVET Professional and Trusst‘s weekly series, The Weekly Rig!

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This week we feature a larger design that includes a scenic element of mirror-finished conical discs hanging behind the act, which in this application is an EDM-style design.  With TRUSST arcs compiled into circle lighting positions, this design is created to make the best use out of music in the electronic style!

Keep in mind that it’s always a good idea to sandbag the rear ends of any structure that has a front-heavy load.  This helps ballast the pieces and add additional safety to standing pieces on stage.

This week’s design, which we’re calling Soul Mirrors, features Trusst 1.5m and 3m arcs, 1m, 2.5m, and 3m straight sections, and Trusst 6-way corners to make the connections where needed.  On the CHAUVET Professional fixture front, Soul Mirrors features Legend 330 SR Spots, Legend 230SR Beam fixtures, Legend 412Z wash heads, the venerable COLORado Batten 144 Tour, and the bright and punchy COLORado 4 IP units.

Check it out, and please share with your fellow lighting communities!

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