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TASCAM provides vital link for Tallinn church

TASCAM provides vital link for Tallinn church

TASCAM provides vital link for Tallinn church


Like all other Estonian houses of worship during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Church of the "Quick to Hearken" Icon of the Mother of God was physically closed to its congregants. Consecrated by the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia in 2013, the church serves as a centre of Russian Orthodox religion and community for the Lasnamäe suburb in Tallinn.

However, systems integrator SG Install added streaming technology to ensure that their daily services continued on the YouTube channel. Working in conjunction with Harman and Shure distributor EW Sound & Light OÜ, SG Install made a proposal to the church that would allow the services to continue both during the quarantine period and into the future. Familiar with the church setup having installed the original sound system, EW Sound & Light proposed a TASCAM VS-R264 as the streaming appliance. “The reason for selecting the VS-R264 was that TASCAM is well known for product quality and outstanding reliability,” commented Stanislav Sergejev of EW Sound & Light.

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The audio setup consists of four sE4 condenser choir microphones together with two Shure VP83 condenser shotguns for the background and the reader, which are mixed separately. In addition, the altar is served by a pair of Shure VP89M shotgun microphones, while two Shure wireless microphones and a Crown CM-31 miniature super-cardioid hanging microphone suspended in close proximity to the central gates round off the audio inputs.

The mixed microphone signals are routed to a BSS BLU-100 matrix DSP processor and wirelessly transmitted to a Shure PSM300 monitoring system. As a result of this wireless setup, the rack-mounted TASCAM VS-R264 video streamer did not require additional cabling for connectivity. While a Panasonic HC-V770 camcorder currently serves as the main visual input, the church is planning an upgrade by adding a second camera with a compact Roland vision mixer.

The adoption of the RTMP protocol ensures that the simple-to-use VS-264 can stream in full HD resolution (1920x1080 p60) to YouTube. Although recordings are currently not being made, the church is planning to utilise the VS-R’s recording feature for more important church services, so that they can be edited and posted to the YouTube channel or the church web site after the event. Within two days of the system going live, the new YouTube channel welcomed over 1,500 subscribers, which has since risen to nearly 1,900.

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