Contemporary Set-up

 4/14/2019 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 Line 6 wireless receivers Channels 2, 3 and 4.

      1. If Jim Vernon is playing keys and wants to use the wireless in-ear monitor, start the Sennheiser Wireless in-ear monitor transmitter, and put the SUBS 1 & 2 faders up about 1/4 of travel.

    6. Start the Sound Console (POWER ON switch on the back)

    7. Raise the MAIN fader to "U"

    8. Raise all the in-use monitors masters to the normal position (usually 12:00, except for MON 2, which is 11:00)

    9. 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", turn on 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 may need to be lowered.

      5. If a phantom-powered direct box is in use and does not work, check the position of the PHANTOM ON switch on the rear of the console, next to the POWER ON switch. Phantom power sometimes gets turned off accidentally. It must be on for phantom-powered devices to work:

The PHAMTOM switch must be on for phantom-powered devices to work. It is best practice to leave this switch on at all times.

The PHAMTOM switch must be on for phantom-powered devices to work. It is best practice to leave this switch on at all times.


  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.