March 2011 - CCI Solutions Blog — CCI Solutions Blog

New Shure Wireless Mic System in Mariners Church

March 24, 2011 at 2:30 pm

We are thankful that we get to partner with and serve churches in impacting their communities, and this couldn’t be any more true than with our friends at Mariners Church based in Irvine, California.We have served Mariners on many projects over the years and recently partnered with them in their new Shure wireless mic system upgrades. Check out the story from Shure Incorporated:

Worship Leader on stage using the new Shure wireless mic system at Mariners Church

MARINERS CHURCH ADOPTS NEW SHURE WIRELESS MIC SYSTEM AS STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE

Shure UHF-R® and PSM®900 Systems Help Expanding Church Manage Growth Across Multiple Campuses

NILES, IL, March 24, 2011 — Led by senior pastor Kenton Beshore, southern California’s Mariners Church is a thriving, multi-campus house of worship. Its main campus, located in the community of Irvine, houses a 3,400 seat capacity main sanctuary that features a contemporary Christian worship experience. Additional locations are found in Mission Viejo and Huntington Beach, with plans for expansion over the next few years.

Worship Pastor Kyle Simmerman leads a song using the UR2 KSMp Shure transmitterTo effectively manage this growing operation, the church decided to unify its technology choices across campuses. Its first move in that direction, the purchase of 12 channels of Shure UHF-R wireless, was inspired by necessity. “Our original motivation, if you could call it that, was the recent FCC mandate,” recalls Tom Lenton, production specialist for Mariners Church. “We had a mix of Shure and other brands, and most of it fell in the 700 MHz range. We wanted to settle on one brand, and to get the highest quality product. Based on our experience, there really wasn’t any question in my mind that it would be Shure.”

Working with CCI Solutions of Olympia, WA, the church took advantage of Shure’s 700 MHz trade-in/rebate program to obtain six dual-channel systems, with some extra transmitters. “We bought eight bodypacks and eight handhelds for the Irvine campus. The handhelds are split between KSM9 and SM58® capsules, and the bodypacks are used with either a lavalier or a Countryman E6 headworn mic, so we’ve got a lot of flexibility for different type voices and styles of presentation.”

The KSM9 capsule made an immediate and strong impression. “It’s just such an upgrade in terms of sound quality,” notes Lenton. “We had one worship leader who always insisted on using a certain high-end hardwired mic. The first weekend after we installed the new systems, I told him he needed to use a wireless KSM9. He reluctantly agreed, and then was utterly amazed at the sound of it. He’s never gone back to his old mic.”

The Mariners Church worship experience is contemporary in nature, with the main band featuring guitars, bass, drums, and keyboards. Lead vocals are performed by worship leaders, a team of backing vocalists and, several times a year, a choir. Additional instrumentation such as strings, brass, and percussion are incorporated as needed, based on the songs, themes, and style planned for the week.

“At a typical service, we use ten to twelve channels of wireless,” Lenton reports. “Since we’ve gotten the Shure UHF-R systems, there’s much better clarity in the vocals, and never a problem with frequencies. They’ve worked out really well for us.”

Recently, Mariners Church purchased even more Shure wireless for use at the just-launched Huntington Beach campus, a portable church housed in the theater facility at Golden West College. “We basically have the room for five hours on Sunday mornings,” explains Lenton. “It’s nice because we have a full live performance stage, but we have to work around their theatrical sets, and we have to work fast. Everything in the portable system is designed for fast and easy set up and tear down.”

The portable system includes six channels of UHF-R wireless microphones, four new PSM 900 personal monitor systems, and four PSM 600 hardwired systems. To minimize set-up time, the system uses a single mixing console instead of the dedicated front of house and monitor desks that the church uses in the main auditorium in Irvine.

Mariners Church plans to create additional campuses over the next few years; each starting in a portable facility, then moving into a permanent location after it is established. The portable gear rig will then move on to the next new location.

“Each new location will end up with very similar systems,” concludes Lenton. “By standardizing on the same new Shure wireless system, in-ears, and consoles, it makes training our volunteers much more efficient. Everyone will be able to work at any of our campuses. It will make us a better team, and that’s our goal – to achieve excellence in everything we do. Shure wireless is a big part of that.”

Wybron Mobile Light Lab

March 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm

LED lighting has been one of the hottest topics in church tech over the past few years and we regularly field questions about how LED’s can impact worship spaces and what affordable options are out there .  If you are within driving distance of Olympia, Washington, we’d like to invite you come to CCI Solutions headquarters on Thursday, March 24th to visit the Wybron Mobile Light lab.  Here you can get expert advice from both Wybron representatives and CCI Solutions consultants, experience various Wybron products hands-on and enter for a chance to win an iPod Touch.  There is no registration or cost for the event.

The rest of the details:

Wybron Mobile Light Lab

Repossess Conference

March 15, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Repossess Conference Worship

Last weekend the Repossess Conference, a powerful event geared to encourage, train and equip youth to impact their world, took place at Church of Living Water in Olympia, WA.  CCI Solutions was honored to have a small part in the conference as Senior Systems Consultant Mark Pearson served on the conference technical team, contributing countless hours to setting up, programming and running lights for the event.  Youth from across the Northwest worshiped, were challenged and then went out and served their communities.  The Repossess conference concluded with a celebration event at Saint Martins Pavilion in Lacey where over 3,000 students assembled to worship and hear former NFL player Chris Shepherd bring a message where over 700 youth accepted Christ as their Savior.

Congratulations to the entire Repossess team on a great event that impacted our young people and community.  You can see more pictures of the event here.

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