Contemporary Set-up

 7/2/2019 update

A/V Operators

The Contemporary service is usually more involved than the Traditional service. The typical set-up (this may vary significantly depending on instrumentation changes) is:


  1. Keyboard

    1. If there is a keyboard instead of the piano, it is normally set up stage left behind the rail in the choir loft. Use the organ instrument monitor turned facing the keyboard. The keyboard uses mic channel 11, via an XLR adapter and 1/4” cable.

    2. If the acoustic piano is used, set it on "Low Stick."

  2. SM57 mics on the piano (if used, channel 9), Bass amp (channel 2) and Guitar amp (channel 7).

  3. Place the white tuner pedal stage right-rear for Carrie - attached to channel 8 via an XLR adapter.

  4. Place a Hotspot monitor and music stand stage left-front for Brad.

    1. Run the gray speaker cable behind the choir rail to plug into the MON 2 jack.

    2. Route to avoid trip hazards

  5. Plug the Drum and Bass hotspots (daisy-chain) into the CHOIR jack behind the rail, stage right.

  6. One boom stand with monitor center-stage

    1. FLOOR Monitor plugged in

    2. Red mic on the boom, plugged into channel 4

  7. A second boom stand with monitor about 5 feet stage right of the center

    1. Monitor "daisy-chained" to the center FLOOR monitor

    2. Blue mic on the boom, plugged into channel 3

  8. One music stand right-center stage front between the two boom stands

  9. Provide a Children’s Sermon mic:

    1. If the pastor does the sermon, he can use his wireless.

    2. We can use a hand-held wireless mic (LINE 6 Channel 2) for the Children's sermon if needed.

    3. If desired, the person doing the Children’s Sermon may use a wireless mic/headset/bodypack.

  10. One Line 6 wireless body pack with a headset or lapel microphone

    1. Check the battery level >= 5 hours

    2. Verify that it is set for wireless Channel 3

    3. Place on the center from pew

  11. Open the Sound Console Cabinet (may already be open if there was an early service)

    1. Raise the recording computer monitor and power up.

    2. Start the recording computer

    3. Log-on

    4. Start Audacity

    5. Start the Sound Console using the Rack Main power switch. This starts the mixer and the three Line 6 wireless receivers.

    6. Start the Sound System Control tablet

      1. Hold in the power switch on the upper right of the tablet for ~ 5 seconds

      2. Swipe the screen to enter the password (press SHIFT twice to get a SHIFT LOCK). Enter the password.

      3. Verify that the WiFi is connected correctly (Mackie DL32S, no Internet connection; will have an exclamation point on the WiFi icon)

    7. Select the MASTER FADER app from the home screen. This is used to control the mixer wirelessly.

      1. Select the mixer icon

      2. Select the DL32S for connection.

      3. Sync the tablet and the mixer (either choose to sync to the tablet, or to sync with the mixer)

    8. Select the appropriate SHOW and SNAPSHOT

      1. Usually this will be Contemporary and Pre-fader + Phantom 5 (if a phantom direct box is on channel 5). Using the pre-fader or post-fader snapshot will set up more quickly than scrolling through the AUX OUT pages and setting pre/post fader settings.

    9. Un-Mute and raise the MAIN fader to "U"

    10. Un-Mute and raise all the in-use monitors masters to the normal position “U”

    11. Check that all mics in use are working:

      1. Normal MIC and MAIN setting is at "U" (unity gain). With the MAIN set at "U", un-mute the mics, and set them for "U." There should be no feedback.

      2. Turn down all the in-use mics, then set the MAIN fader to maximum (+10 dB).

      3. For each mic in use, raise the level towards max. At max, you should begin to hear some feedback. That mic is working.

      4. Repeat for each mic. If feedback happens too early when raising the volume, the GAIN control for that channel may need to be lowered on the GAIN page.

      5. If a phantom-powered direct box is in use and does not work, check the Gain page to see if phantom power is enabled for that channel. if not, mute the channel (to avoid an audible pop) and turn on the phantom power.

    12. If you have channels set with some fader level and/or off mute, you can select the AUTO view option, which will show only the channels you are using on the display.

    13. SHUT-DOWN: The Mackie DL32S will re-start in the same condition it was running in when it shut down. To avoid loud pops from the sound system, or possibly loud feedback or unexpected music when the system is next started, before shutting down, please mute all outputs (MAIN and AUXs). This can be done easily by loading the MUTE ALL show, and the MUTE OUTPUTS snapshot before shutting down.


  1. Open the Video control cabinet (it may already be open if there was an early service)

    1. Deploy the A/V laptop on top of the cabinet or on the extendable shelf - operator’s option.

    2. Connect the VGA cable to the laptop

    3. Start the laptop and Log-on

    4. Wait for all cloud functions to update before opening the presentation

  2. Start the Confidence Monitor projector (it may already be on if there was an early service)

  3. Start the two main PANASONIC projectors (use the remote, left power button to turn on).

  4. Open the presentation and let it update (typically PROCLAIM).

  5. Start the presentation (F5).

  6. Plug the A/V laptop into the LINE IN audio channel for pre-service background music.