What else happened on Sunday?
- Bob Kauflin led us in singing with an orchestra.
- Josh Harris announced some upcoming events.
- We saw the last installment of the Sovereign Grace Mission Fund Videos.
What did they come away with?
- They were inspired by the way so many people are clearly involved in the technical aspects, not only in setup and teardown.
- They were impressed with your agility, being able to adapt to surprises in the service order.
- They appreciated how the Cowan and Schellhase families serve together, from the youngest to the oldest.
- They noted the humility with which people serve, and mentioned in particular that Susannah was willing to ask for input on her camera work from her older brother, John. Thanks, Susannah!
Here are my takeaways from the weekend:
The orchestra sounded the best ever!
This is the result of great ideas from two of our mixers. Specifically, the last time that Julie mixed the orchestra, she noted that it was helpful to use slightly more of the strongest player from each part. This helps get more gain and yet maintains the large group sound. Jim took this approach to the next level by placing a Beta98 clip-on mic on each of those "first seat" players in order to get even more gain before feedback. This accomplished two things: When the orchestra was being featured, the ensemble sound was full and rich. However, when the band got loud, he was able to get just that little bit of extra gain from those four clip-on mics to make sure the strings didn't get lost.
We must know when a video ends.
In the first service, the lights came up early and the video transitioned away before the actual ending. Thankfully, Dennis caught it quickly and got the video back on the screen before anyone noticed what happened. However, it did lead Josh to talk over the last few seconds of text that described who would receive the contributions given to the Sovereign Grace Mission Fund. One suggestion: the playback operator (which we didn't have on Sunday, by the way) should know the length of the video and count down to the ending. Give a one minute and thirty second warning, and then c0untdown seconds -- 10-9-8-7... -- to the end, so that everyone knows the exact end moment.
Changing pulpits doesn't work after the introduction of the speaker.
It draws too much attention to the fact that Josh uses a short pulpit and others use a tall one.
Since Ben will be leading weeks 3 and 4, I will be posting thoughts from him later in the week.
Until he finishes his reverb, what did you notice that was great or could be improved?
As a sidenote, Isaac, one of our camera directors, attached all the lens caps to the cameras, so that they don't get lost. Please don't tear these off. Thanks, Isaac, for your initiative in this.