PSALT

WELCOME TO 2019

 We are " movin' on up" in 2019 so the song goes. I am so grateful to Deb Charnuski and Tauran Wood for stepping up to the plate and taking on the task of ridding ourselves of the dreaded "Gremlin" and replacing our outdated equipment. We will be installing a digital board with new speakers and monitors and I, for one, am so pleased to step aside as Deb and Tauran, along with Jason Wright, take over. I quite enjoy being on light and sound duties and plan to continue with second Sunday duties. We can expect some training in the near future.

Thank you for the hard work and devotion to the ministry of St. David's over the Christmas season. Yeah, 2019!

UPDATE TO DECEMBER 18, 2018  

SEE SCHEDULE TO FEB. 24, 2018 BELOW

 MEANWHILE... We have attempted to move the balcony projector closer to the screen and have achieved our goal to some extent. The slides still overlap the screen, so I guess the only solution is to make sure that in the creation of the slide show, adequate margins are left at either side to accommodate the balcony projector. It is somewhat better and the fun was capturing a picture of David way up in the sky - he abhors heights!!! Go, David.

The season is clipping past at record speed. We have Sunday's service (Dec. 23) with Barry and George on Sound and Tapas on Projector (relieving Meryl), Christmas Eve 4:30 with Barry on Sound and Tapas on Projection, Christmas Eve 8:00 with Jonathan on Sound and Mike on Projection, Wassailing Sunday (Dec. 30) with Tapas on Sound (no Projection) and on the first Sunday of January, Tauran will be back on the Sound Board and Dave Mitchell will be on Projection. Well done, team. It has been a busy month for me with Sound on the First, Second, Third Sunday. There have been no issues with the gremlin - it seems that making sure that the speaker stack (Lower stack) components are in OFF position prior to turning on the power then turning each back on seems to work. Reverse process in turning off the main power. First turn OFF the four lower stack components, then turn OFF main power. 

Who knows what the New Year brings? I have ideas!! THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL THE WORK YOU DO, TEAM!!

UPDATE TO DECEMBER, 2018

Hello, team,
It has been a busy time at church as usual and I have had a chance to chat with most of you from one time or another. However, this message is being sent to say how wonderful and dedicated you all are. It is a privilege to work with you. Your flexibility is absolutely amazing. Thank you so much and the best of the season to you.

Now, onto the business at hand. Dave and I are heading south for a three  week plus holiday, returning in time for me to handle sound and light on the second Sunday of January. That being said, we are heading out about the 18th so won’t be on hand to handle sound/light/projection over the Christmas services. I have spoken to Barry and he is going to handle Sound and Light for the 4:30 service on the 24th, Mike Trew will handle projection for the 8 p.m. service on the 24th. That leaves projection for the 4:30 service - Deb Charnuski has agreed to handle that for us and I have asked George if he can handle the 8:00 p.m. service. He is reluctant however so if someone else can be available for that service, he (and I) would be most grateful to hear from you.

With December being a five Sunday month, I will need coverage on the the 30th for sound and light. I’m hoping Meryl can look after projection for then or maybe Tapas - let me know if you are available and that it will be covered. 
I trust that the schedule is still working out okay with our assignments. I know Jonathan has some issues with making the trek back from Edmonton on the third weekend so I sure don’t mind filling in.

I will post a new schedule for the coming year asap. We should be okay for the rest of December with me on duty next week with Alison and Mike, Jonathan on the 16th with Meryl and Barry/George on the 23rd with Tapas on projection. It's the service on December 30, 2018 that is challenging. 

Tauran has been hard at work at school and on the job so has been unable to help out. I’m hoping she will be available for the 1st. Sunday of January. Let me know, okay, so I can try to make other arrangements is you are unavailable. Tapas did “Scaffolding duty” with Peter Adams, Dave and I when we made the projection image changes — thank you, Dave, Tapas, Peter!!!

On the positive side, the gremlin seems to be on holiday. Using advice from Jason W. , I am turning on the power for the audio with the lower stack off until the top stack is lit up. It seems to stop the loud power snap that has occurred in the past. As well, when I turn off the power, I power down the components in the bottom stack before flicking the power switch. As well, I make sure the the main aux buttons for the hanging mics up front are off except when the choir is singing (i.e. anthems and hymns). I have been using those main aux buttons when we have several mics in operation.

Hints for projection: You may have noticed that we were able to change the image size on the projector - good footage was captured being three stacks high on the scaffolding. Dave M. used white printing on dark background (large font -40- when he could and I received compliments today for the clarity. Yeah, Dave!! The rear screen is up and the projector needs to be moved closer - an act in progress - so hope that the image does not have to hang over the edge.

We will be shopping after Christmas for some new equipment - the mid ranges in our old cluster overhead speakers have failed, however we have resorted to using the monitors as speakers when all else has failed. Don’t hesitate to work with the Main Auxiliary lever to modify sound as required. A digital sound board would alleviate the need for frequent adjustments - we would have Peggy’s mic set as memory, etc. I have to tell you that I am seeking a new chair of communication to give me other opportunities to serve at St. David’s. Any volunteers????

Again, Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the very best of 2019.
Brenda

UPDATE TO OCTOBER 15, 2018

We have a lot on our table this fall. With our new screen we have to enlarge our picture to make full use of our awesome new screen. The old screen will be installed on the balcony. We have met with Jason Wright, Darkmatter Productions, to critique our system. Jason has been intimately involved with our system since the early 2000's so is familiar with its workings. (We are trying to eliminate the Gremlin.) Jason has given us a quote on bringing our system totally up to date, however it is a little rich for our budget. It did include accessing the speaker cluster for renewal and because of the height and weight restrictions we are rather limited in addressing the problem of aging, old technology speakers. 

We welcome a new volunteer to PSALT. Jock McTavish has offered to help us isolate the trouble spots on the system. He comes to the position from a lifetime of dealing with audio systems like ours. On Sunday, Tauran and I met with Jock to begin. 

One simple step involves manually turning on the stack of amplifiers, equalizer, sub-woofer etc. I often hear a real protesting when I flip the switch to turn on the audio system. Evidently the relay start for the systems is in reverse. It should be upper stack then amplifiers (lower stack) to begin and  amplifiers (lower stack) then upper stack when shutting down the system. Tauran turns off the lower stack machines, flips the switch then turns the lower stack back on. Hmm!

As well, Tauran only opens the manual buttons for Main Auxiliary for the Hanging Mics when the choir is singing (to enhance the recording.)

The monitors work very well, however they need to be turned on and placed facing the choir to work properly. We have considered identifying the best spots on the stage for consistent sound. Watch for future ideas. 

She also, like Jason, suggests that we need a workshop to determine best practice and share ideas. If you would indicate possible dates for us to meet for a two hour session. Tauran is available on the first Thursday morning of November. Is that doable? 

I will be contacting you through email. P.S. Meryl will be back at projection next Sunday. Welcome back. With the updated computer operating system and the new screen, you will be impressed. 

UPDATE TO SEPTEMBER 25, 2018

Here comes Christmas!! Right! Thanksgiving first, then Remembrance Day and then Christmas! Things are going well these days. Thanks, Team, you are amazing. 

Tauran has done some experimenting with the size of projection to match our new screen and I have been visiting other churches for ideas re: future directions. On the home front, Meryl is feeling better daily after her scary trip to Emergency two weeks ago. She however will need to have someone do her October date (as well as our fifth Sunday of the month - September 30) date. I'll do sound but I am open to volunteers for projection.

We had some excitement during first three Sundays of September, the third being Meryl's ambulance trip. The battery on our church server failed on the first Sunday so we were unable to tie in with internet on the balcony computer and second Sunday, Mike could'nt load his updated powerpoint to our outdated computer upstairs. Mohammed to the rescue! The old beast upstairs went for a trip and has more memory and latest install so we can compute away. 

Check out the schedule to end of November. Watch for our Christmas schedule. Tada!

UPDATE TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2018

Our new screen is up, thanks to Dave M., Wally and the Friendship Group. Now we just have to adjust our projector to match to new size. We no longer lower the screen from behind the organ - we merely point the remote on the balony and press. Neat!

I am taking a couple of our mics to the shop to replace frayed cords, etc. Our computer on the balcony is having senior issues as it is unable to handle the new powerpoint programs on most of our computers at home. Now that the battery on our server has been replaced we can expect to get items into and out of the Bitbucket. 

Thank you for your flexibility this summer. Your work is so vital to St. David's.