In 2014 the congregation of Trinity-St. Andrew’s United Church passed a strategic plan to take us out 5 years. That plan included “Incorporate Audio/Visual Technology into the Sanctuary”. As a result of this congregational direction Church Council formed an Ad-Hoc Audio Visual Committee to investigate options and costs.
The AV committee agreed that the current system is aging and does not fulfill the congregations strategic mandate and sent requests to five (5) companies to provide bids. One (1) company declined as they were too busy. One (1) company did not respond to the request. One (1) company could only assist with audio. Two (2) companies came for a site visit, surveyed our sanctuary, hall and the current system and provided quotes.
Port Hope based Sonic was the chosen bidder. Quote provided upgrades to the Sanctuary & Community Hall. Quote provides a remote access system allowing the TSA team to control the system from their smart-phones or tablets from anywhere in the church. Contractor can remotely access the system to assist with any issues (including on Sunday if required) from Port Hope.
Equipment and parts: $53.481.63
Labour: $ 9,366.72
Contingency: $ 1,257.65
Church Council agreed with the AV Committee’s recommendation in principle and passed a motion accepting the proposal from Sonic Systems with the caveat that $40,000 would have to be raised on or before June of 2014 to begin the project.
Sanctuary upgrades:4 x 8” High - power two-way surface speakers (congregation sound)1 pair 3” two-way surface speakers (Choir monitor speaker)3 overhead microphones (Chancel)2 portable lavliere microphones1 handeld microphone.1 x 135” motorized screen.1 ceiling mounted projector2 LED screens (for the choir)
Community Hall upgrades:1 Pair 6.5” two-way surface speakers1 mount for the existing projectorAll new wiring for high-speed connectivity and re-wiring to increase clarity of sound.1 wall mounted touchscreen control pannel (for hall users/renters)
Control Panel full replacement:Remove all of the existing sound control systems and donating them to the national museum of very old tech equipment.New rack for equipment; 1 Compact Power Conditioner with Auto Reboot; 1 - 3100 GB Router; 1 - 8 port websmart GB switch; 2 Apple TV Media Players; 1 Dual-distance 66 HDMI matrix switcher; 1 - 8 channel commercial power amplifier; 1 - 3 series control system set-up and calibration for our sanctuary and hall; 1 - 8 digital signal processor.