Continued from June 2010 CTI Newsletter
Case Study: SHoW DMX™ At Second
Facility: Second Baptist Church
of Baytown TX
Music Director: Jack Hall
Pastor: Tommy Clements
Lighting Designer: Tom Stanziano
CTI's Andrew Nikel spoke with the facility's
lighting designer, Tom Stanziano.
CTI: What kind of
lighting were you doing in the space?
Tom: Contemporary Worship/Drama in a newly built facility.
CTI: How did you lay out the
Tom: As the lighting director of
Lakewood Church, I had met Jack Hall thru his
Lakewood's Technical Director. I had done several productions
with Jack over the years at
their old location and was asked to assist in the new construction. The
Second Baptist Church was big on drama and concert productions so designing
those capabilities into the new facility was a main lighting focus.
Jack wanted a flexible space to be able to have live events with bands and
the Second Baptist choir as well as Christmas and Easter pageants, but still
have the quality of light needed for the message to be recorded and
displayed on the screens. Although it was a new facility, the
intention was to keep it as portable as possible since this space would
become the new Youth Hall when construction on the Future Main Sanctuary
would be completed in 5-7 years
CTI: Were there specific design,
budget, or physical constraints that you had to
Tom: Budget is always a factor.
To complicate things even more I accepted a
position with Seachanger outside
and had to relocate in the middle of construction.
There were several companies involved with the different lighting phases and it
was difficult to manage the implementation of the
design when not on site full
time. At the beginning of the installation I received a call from the general
contractor regarding wire pulls and conduit runs. Since I was using
portable dimming there was no conduit to carry control
wiring to some of the DMX
locations. We decided to have the AV company pull DMX cable for the
house lighting racks and to the onstage positions since audio had extra
conduits. At that point it was easier and more cost effective to use
wireless DMX to get a control signal to the portable dimming. I had
used SHoW DMX in another facility that was much larger with great success.
talked it over with Jack and convinced him it was the best way to achieve
his vision without compromising the equipment.
CTI: Why did you want to use SHoW DMX
in this case?
Tom: I had used WDS – City
Theatrical’s earlier wireless DMX product on another facility and knew
that it was a stable product. The other facility was a church where
the platform was in the center of the room and difficult to reach with cable
or conduit. When it came time for upgrades there was no cost effective
way to add DMX. That layout consisted of four trusses as far as 300
from the console. This facility was full of WiFi, wireless
microphones, and wireless band gear - lots of items that could possible
CTI: Did you do any preliminary
Tom: Not on Second Baytown, but on
the first church we did a "pilot" where we rented
all the gear and set it up as if
it were permanent. From that pilot we were able to determine what, if any,
problems would occur. The wireless DMX was a non-issue the entire test
weekend. All of the equipment worked as it was
supposed to, without a single
glitch or hiccup. On the final design wireless
DMX was included.
CTI: What settings did you use on the
Tom: The “Plug and Play” mode.
plugged the Transmitter and Receivers in, they were all pre-set on the
default SHoW ID 1 and they worked flawlessly right from the start.
CTI: Did you use RDM in the project?
CTI: Would you have done anything
differently in hindsight?
Tom: No, if the church had decided to
add conduit and wiring to reach the portable locations, including the
additional time and labor, it would have taken as much as a 1/3 if not more
of the lighting budget. Using wireless DMX still gave the security and
dependability that they would have with a wired system but for much less of