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Kevin Drysdale

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Sound Booth Pictures
« on: August 21, 2007, 11:22:57 am »

I am working on planning a new sound booth as I know we will be rebuilding it within the next 6 months.  I am allowed and willing to post pictures of what we currently have for a sound booth - will take pictures tonight at practice.  Is there anyone else out there willing to post pictures of their sound booth with a few comments about what you like/don't like, church size, and any other details you would like to share about it?  This is done LOTS in studio forums, but hasn't seemed to happen here yet.  So...if you are willing - post away. Smile  Thanks.

Kevin
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Re: Sound Booth Pictures
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2007, 12:56:50 pm »

Just posted these in another thread.

http://www.laurelfirstassembly.org/media/sb1.jpg
http://www.laurelfirstassembly.org/media/sb2.jpg
http://www.laurelfirstassembly.org/media/sb3.jpg
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Re: Sound Booth Pictures
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2007, 01:28:34 pm »

This was an earlier install using the former Roland VM7200 digital modular console, but the church utilized a booth design I often suggest for a media-rack-audio configuration. The center rack allows access to related equipment from both sides, and can be built higher for more space and easy viewing of rackmounted components like CD and video players. Counters can also be extended as needed to provide more space.

There are large access openings at the rear of the rack walls (just out of sight under the counter) large enough to see and access rear connections of rack equipment.

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Kevin Drysdale

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Re: Sound Booth Pictures
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2007, 10:49:13 pm »

Our booth is TINY!  It's getting cramped and I can't wait for our upgrades. Smile  The computer is brand new and is used for EasyWorship and we'll be using it to multitrack record in the near future as well.  We are using the powered mixer ONLY for the amps in it - which will be changing too (hopefully).  I am working on getting a set of subs and good quality mains and have everything powered to get amps out of the booth.  I would love to have some drawers to store a few tools (cable tester, soldering tools, screwdriver, etc), the blank CD's, install disks, etc.  I'd also like to have an area (maybe under the desk) to hang a few extra mic and instrument cables for those nasty problem days. Smile  The ledge needs to go - EVERYTHING gets put up there! Smile  I'm sure you've figured it out - I run the sound and video all at once and by myself because there is no room for a second person.  The booth was built without considering growth and we're paying for it now. Smile  Anyway...this is my current booth.  I will be more than happy to show what we will have in the future once it is finished.

Kevin

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Re: Sound Booth Pictures
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2007, 11:47:18 am »

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The wooden tops over each rack area, including the counter above the patch bay, are removable for easy access to wire chases and the back of the gear.  The back right corner houses the entrance to all the conduit runs.  

All the extra rack space, prior to the digital console, was great and filled with outboard gear.  Now it should be used to house an espresso machine... Very Happy

The patch bay should never have been placed near the floor.  Too many knees have bumped it during services.  If they haven't been cleaned in a while and get bumped, it makes a huge crackle.  

The top of the walls around the booth should have been built on a slant, as they always accumulate bibles and drinks.

The space is nice, but when filled with people (tech director, techs, the musician who thinks he knows best, etc.) it gets hard to move around behind people.  I really wish there was seating in the back for training multiple people at once during rehearsals or classes.

Anyway, sorry for taking up so much space on the thread.
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Re: Sound Booth Pictures
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2007, 12:09:37 pm »

Here are some screen shots of our floor plan for our construction.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c266/4soundman/church%20construction/floorplan2copy.jpg

origional plan, I don't like the way the new booth is not facing directly at the stage.



http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c266/4soundman/church%20construction/floorplan1copy.jpg

current plan, the only thing I don't like is the ceiling above the back part of the booth since that was originally going to be a hallway and the ceiling is considerably shorter.  However with the Audio on the far left corner, I will not be under the lower ceiling.  I tried to get the ceiling of the sanctuary to continue it's slope above the booth, but the bid for the roof had already been accepted and the roof above that area is "flat".

The little square to the right of the new sound booth is the existing sound booth, it will be used for the youth when construction is complete.

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Re: Sound Booth Pictures
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2007, 12:16:28 pm »

Here are some actual pictures.

Existing booth

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c266/4soundman/soundbooth/soundbooth004-1.jpg
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c266/4soundman/soundbooth/soundbooth006-1.jpg
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c266/4soundman/soundbooth/soundbooth008-1.jpg


New booth under construction

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c266/4soundman/soundbooth/soundbooth009-1.jpg
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c266/4soundman/soundbooth/soundbooth011-1.jpg
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c266/4soundman/soundbooth/soundbooth012-1.jpg

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Re: Sound Booth Pictures
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2007, 03:26:54 pm »

This looks like a well-thought-out position and design.

You can exit the booth without distracting any congregants and get to the stage/platform area via the hallway.

You're slightly elevated.

You have a "technical" floor to run cables through. Don't allow them to cover it with carpet without access panels.

You have plenty of room but without robbing good seats.

The only potential "gotcha" I can see is that you may be close to being on axis to the seam (or overlap zone) between loudspeakers in the center cluster, that is: if there is a center cluster and if there are 2 devices in the cluster that cover that part the rear of the space.

Provided the loudspeaker system is well designed and optimized, you should be in a very good spot to mix from.

Good job of steering the others in the right direction !
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Re: Sound Booth Pictures
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2007, 04:25:41 pm »

Tom,

I believe we are going with an "exploded cluster" design and all the overlap should be in the isles.  We can exit the booth through the door in the back, and go through the existing Sanctuary, which will be the fellowship hall/youth room, if/when we need to get back stage.  The door to the booth is also planned to be a dutch door, to allow us to sell CDs/tapes after service out side of the sanctuary.  We have 4 access panels in the floor, and I have pull wires already under there for adding other cables in the future.
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Re: Sound Booth Pictures
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2007, 09:23:29 pm »

I had to grab some pictures after the last service today, I am surprised I didn't have any!

Anyways.

Church Info:
Church At Chapel Hill in Douglasville, GA -  weekly attendance between 1400~1500, although the auditorium only seats 400 on a good day (lots of services....)

New building coming shortly.

Tech booth:

The size is about 32x7, and is way to small for our needs. Our new tech booth will have over 60 feet of counters, and it will still be a little tight.

While I don't like the fact we are up in the sky, the delays for the booth work well enough, and being able to work with the rest of the team is pretty fantastic.

All in all, its a good setup, especially considering our church was only 350 people when they built this building.

If you want to take a look at more pictures, go ahead and look over here
http://picasaweb.google.com/iamkarlp/CCHTechBoothPictures

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Re: Sound Booth Pictures
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