Blue Box Technical Services

Technical Theatre Consultants based in Manchester, UK and covering the North West and North Wales regions. Specialising in new-build projects and refurbishments, we offer a range of services and friendly independent specialist advice to Schools, Churches, and Entertainment Venues...

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Cheadle Hulme Methodist Church

In 2009, BBTS staff were invited into Cheadle Hulme Methodist Church to look at some of the problems they'd been having with their Church sound system. The problems included feedback, radio mic's dropping out, hearing aid users not able to hear, some mic input sockets no longer working, vocal clarity and overall volume levels. BBTS staff spent a couple of days thoroughly examining the entire sound infrastructure and set-up, and making changes to the set-up to improve the overall system: The cause of the radio mic drop-out was established and remedied (poor receiver location, and an aerial that had become detached) The input signal to the induction loop amplifier was boosted, with the overall loop current reduced slightly, so hearing aid users could once again be able to listen to services Every XLR Mic Tie-line was tested, and those not working repaired. The problems with feedback were primarily due to poor gain structure within the system. The Church's 4-channel amplifier had been "custom built" many years ago by an "enthusiast", however, the amplifier's gain was fixed at full, with no way to reduce it! As such, the church had been running the sound desk at very low levels to compensate. This poor gain structure drastically increased the likelihood of feedback. BBTS staff advised the church on the purchase of two new, suitable amplifiers to replace the existing "custom built" amplifier, which the church went on to purchase and that were subsequently installed and configured by BBTS staff. During the works at Cheadle Hulme Methodist Church, BBTS staff were also able to repair a small show-relay speaker that fed services through to staff manning the creche. This speaker hadn't worked for years, so the Church were overjoyed when BBTS staff were able to re-wire it and get it working again for them!

In 2012, BBTS were again invited back as the Church wished to upgrade and replace their aging technical systems. Retaining the original speakers, tie-lines and amplifiers installed by BBTS a couple of years earlier, BBTS designed a brand new state-of-the art digital sound system and media system.

The new systems boasted a 24-channel digital sound desk, new radio microphones, congregation pick-up microphones, digital recording capabilities, live media streaming capabilities, a foldback system, a new 5000 ANSI Lumens, high resolution projector with wireless capabilities, a slide advance, an on-stage comfort monitor, lockable storage for microphones and other items of value.

Full training was also provided on all systems to members of the congregation who had volunteered to operate the technical systems for services.

Equipment List:
x2 Yamaha PS4000 Power Amplifiers
x3 Yamaha S112IV Loudspeakers
x2 Wharfedale WPM-1 Monitors
x1 Studiomaster PAX12+ Powered 12" Active Wedge Monitor
x1 Studiomaster PX12+ 12" Passive Wedge Monitor
x1 Soundcraft Si Compact 24 Digital Mixing Console
x1 QuikLok ZM2025 Mixing Console Stand
x3 Sennheiser ew 112 G3 Presentation Systems
x1 Sennheiser ew 135 G3 Vocal System
x1 Tascam SS-CDR200 Solid State Recorder
x2 AudioTechnica Pro45 Microphones
x1 ART dPDB Dual Passive DI Box
x1 Epson EB-1965 XGA Projector 5000 Ansi Lumens 3000:1
x1 TP Link Wireless Router
x1 Acer Aspire 5733 15.6 inch Laptop c/w Windows 7 / Microsoft Office 2010 / Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012
x1 Interspace Industries MicroCue2
x2 15" TFT Comfort Monitors
x1 Samson SRK21 21-Space Universal Rack Stand
x1 Proel ADRK3CR 3-Space Lockable Rack Drawer

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