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Elevation production staff gets to the Point

Elevation production staff gets to the Point
Jared Olson wearing his CM-i3 in-ear headset

Elevation production staff gets to the Point


With 19 campuses dotted around North Carolina, Elevation Church places significant importance upon its production values. Yet, four years ago, one of the technical volunteers at its main broadcast campus, Mike Mitchell, decided to replace the can-style headset he’d been issued for communicating with the rest of the team out of his own pocket, buying a Point Source Audio CM-i3 in-ear headset. Since then, other tech team members have taken notice, and CM-i3 headsets are now used by 15 of the crew.

‘When I first used the CM-i3 headset, it was transformational,’ said Mitchell. ‘The ability to hear better and protect my hearing at the same time has improved the way I approach my role in the production process.’

‘I wear mine for eight to 10 hours a day every Saturday and Sunday,’ said production director Jared Olson. ‘I’ve had the same headset for four years with no problems. Any production I do, I do with this headset. I wear glasses and any muff-style headset gives me a headache. Most of the techs have custom in-ear molds and you can easily replace the stock or standard earbuds with your in-ear molds. It’s even more comfortable, and also provides an added measure of isolation.’

The CM-i3 is designed to go behind the head, instead of over the top. It is built with a lightweight frame that fits over ears and has small earbuds and a mic that’s a little larger than a standard lavaliere.

Olson wears his headset for rehearsals, FOH mixing or managing the streaming mix, and for party line communication with camera operators, graphics, the stage, the band and the production team. As production manager, he wears the headsets the entire day to allow staff to contact him with any queries.

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