First Assembly of God has upgraded its AVL setup following damage to the church caused by Hurricane Michael in 2018
First Assembly of God in Panama City Beach, Florida, has recently collaborated with sound, lighting, video and projection specialist MABE to facilitate the design and integration of a new AVL system in its facility. Unfortunately, in 2018, the church felt the full force of Hurricane Michael, resulting in significant damage to the building and its infrastructure.
Following five years of cleaning up, repairs and renovations, the church was finally ready to take delivery of its new audio, video and lighting equipment. MABE selected nine-per-side RCF HDL6-A line array for the main PA system on account of its sound projection capabilities, customisable design options and rugged construction, with the easy setup process and integrated rigging hardware also helping to make the sale. Supplementing the HDL6-A arrays is an Allen & Heath Avantis console at front of house.
Youth pastor Brandon McGowin is pleased to report that the new audio setup has provided the church with intelligible audio throughout the sanctuary. “The system we received from MABE and what we had previously is a night and day difference. There has been an adjustment period for the congregation. However, the church has seemed to settle in and is loving the experience. The sound has received the most praise. Having a system that works properly and quality equipment has made it much more enjoyable for them.”
As part of the upgrade, First Assembly of God also opted to upgrade its front lobby audio system, with a specific emphasis on broadcasting audio from the main sanctuary. For this purpose, MABE implemented QSC’s AD-P6TBK pendant loudspeakers to provide seamless control over the distributed lobby audio, sanctuary audio, house lighting and video power, supported by a Q-SYS Core 110f processor. “The solution has provided us with effortless management of various aspects of the audio, video and lighting systems,” adds McGowin.
In terms of the video infrastructure, MABE selected a large centre-stage screen with a 16,000-lumen Epson projector as the main video display. In addition, the integrator has installed two Panasonic AG-CX350PJ5 4K handheld cameras to enhance the church’s online and on-campus broadcasts. As part of the design process, First Assembly of God also requested that MABE help to improve the church’s broadcast system. As a result, a Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Pro video switcher has been incorporated into the video setup and is being used to enhance the church’s worship services by providing advanced video production capabilities.
Lighting also plays a significant role in creating a captivating and spiritually uplifting atmosphere at First Assembly of God. Recognising the importance of this, MABE specified a ChamSys ChamQuickQ30 console due to its advanced features and easy-to-use interface, alongside Chauvet Rogue R2X Spot and Wash fixtures, to enhance the overall worship experience for the congregation. The ChamQuickQ30 console gives the HOW complete control over all its lighting elements and enables the church’s staff and volunteers to create dynamic visuals during its services. Furthermore, by including the Chauvet Rogue R2X Spot and Wash lighting fixtures, First Assembly of God has full creative control to also create various moods and atmospheres to enhance the overall experience.
McGowin is full of praise for MABE and the work that it has carried out at First Assembly of God. “What made MABE stand out above the others was multi-faceted. The cost and customer service to help get us up and running was top notch and unbeatable. We couldn’t be more pleased with the entire experience.”