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on July 2, 2015 6:06 am EDT
Fine-Tuning Church Technology
All Pro Sound is best known for its design, installation and support of audio, video, and lighting solutions for high performance worship spaces. Here, the company's CEO shares church project-specific wisdom.
All Pro Sound partnered with Victory Family Church in Cranberry Township, Pa., to provide a state-of-the-art audio, video and lighting system. Image courtesy of All Pro Sound.
Designing technology solutions for the modern church can be a tall order. A service provider has to be in tune with the special needs of churches when it comes to AVL equipment (i.e., budget, ease of operation for volunteers, etc.), along with the importance of having systems that are as foolproof as possible -- and capable of delivering big results on a consistent basis.
Church Designer Magazine queried All Pro Sound’s Allan R. Lamberti, chief executive officer, on the mission and vision of the Pensacola, Fla.-based company, and found that the fine-tuning is part of an ongoing commitment and collective heart for the church market.Church Designer Magazine:
How did the company start and what drives it today?Lamberti:
All Pro Sound was founded in 1980 by a group of engineers and designers who believed that every church should have access to professional technology solutions and acoustic excellence. Today, we continue to specialize in design, installation, and support of professional audio, video, and lighting solutions nationwide. [We serve] many types of venues from stadiums and arenas to theaters and conference halls; however, we are still best known for our work with the local church.
We share the passion of the church, and our mission is to provide exceptional solutions to help the church communicate more effectively.Church Designer Magazine:
What are some of the most popular products All Pro Sound offers that are used by church designers as well as end users at churches?
Allan R. Lamberti, CEO, All Pro Sound, Pensacola, FL
Digital mixing consoles, line arrays, wireless microphone systems, and IMAG [image magnification] projection have been enduring favorites within performance spaces; however, increasing numbers of customers are requesting technology in other spaces within their facility. For example, digital signage has become an integral part of many modern church designs. It is a smart way to keep everyone at a facility better informed, whether it’s providing directions in the hallways or announcing upcoming events. Many churches are moving away from printed signage to LED and flat panel displays that are much easier to keep up-to-date.Church Designer Magazine:
Does your support to designers, engineers and consultants take on a specific form when you're dealing with church projects? How so?Lamberti:
Whenever possible, we visit the church during their services to better understand their unique style and to start gathering ideas to enhance their worship experience. We’ve participated in thousands of church projects over the past 35 years. We understand the challenges and pitfalls that are common in these types of projects, and we help guide our customers and industry partners to best practices and proven solutions.Church Designer Magazine:
What products (audio, video or lighting) are especially big with churches for their production needs in 2015? What are you seeing?Lamberti:
Live streaming video, environmental projection, and, [again] digital signage are hot topics for 2015, and are sure to be important for the next several years as more and more churches adopt these popular new technologies.
In addition, we are noticing a trend towards ‘portable church’ solutions that allow a church to deploy their technical equipment for worship in temporary locations while not having to use additional resources to maintain a permanent facility throughout the week.