Tech Roundtable at Granger

Here’s a few pictures from my trip to Granger last Friday. Click on an image to see the full version (of course these were taken with a cell phone so they’re not great resolution to begin with.) More information about this event can be found on Anthony Coppedge’s blog. Anthony’s MindMap thing is on there in addition to some more pix (including some of yours truly!) More tech info about Granger can be found on Technical Director Adam Callender’s blog. My CSC buddy Mark Wyse from Blackhawk Church in Madison WI was there, too.

One great thing I came away with was how clearly defined the roles of the various teams are at Granger. They are basically “one word definitions.”. For example, the Production and Technical Teams are the “HOW.” The Programming and Creative Teams do the “WHAT”, and the Senior Management Team’s role is the “WHY”. How simple is that? How often do your programming team meetings get bogged down discussing the “HOW?” How often do your Strategic or management teams get bogged down in the “WHAT?” Having clearly defined roles helps the process so much.

Stage Look 1 Alternate view of the stage drumkit setup
In the first two pix above, you can see the main stage area with the 43′ wide center screen, and the two smaller screens to the side. The little tables in front of the stage is where the Tech Roundtable took place. In all, there were about 12-15 participants. In the thrid picture, you can see a small Canon GL camera to the right of the drumkit. There are several of those around the stage. I think they use these instead of a roving stage cam.

Marshall Amp Marshall Amp 2 Buttkicker
This big Marshall half-stack sits on the main stage at Granger almost every weekend. But if you take a close look, you’ll see its just a dummy cabinet held together with duct tape and shoe polish! On the right you see the “buttkicker” low frequency shaker attached to the drum throne.

Monitor mix position Studer closeup Studer Digital Snake
The monitor mix position is handled by ONE of their THREE Studer digital mixing consoles. On the right pic, you’ll see the Studer Digital snake rack. Every input and output can be routed anywhere on the campus with 2 fiber cables.

Truss LightingColor Scrollers Rear Screen View
Each truss light has a DMX-controllable color scroller mounted to it. This means they can select the gel color via DMX at any time. No more changing gels! On the right you have the perspective of looking out to the main stage from the backstage area.

Rear Projectors Screen from stage Pedalboards
The rear projectors for the center screen are mounted on the 2nd level of the backstage area. There are four projectors total (2 positions double-stacked.) The middle pic is an on-stage perspective of the screens. The third pic shows the simple shelving supports used to store guitar effects pedalboards when not in use.

McGyver Mic Holder Vox and Line6 Vox and Orange
On the left you see their MacGyver setup for organizing wireless transmitters – a clear ladies shoe organizer! And poor Granger. They can’t afford to have top-of-the-line brand name solid state amps. They have to settle for these off-brand, antique-style tube amps to get their sounds. (sense the sarcasm:-)

Screen Control Lighting Control View of the booth
The left pic is of the video screen control station, which constrols which image is displayed where. They can move images from screen to screen in real time with the Spyder system. The middle pic is a great shot at all the WholeHog PC stuff Granger uses for lighting control. BONUS: Granger staff member and recent high school graduate Jonathan Bartkowiak. And the third image is of the upper booth which contains all the tech except sound, which is down below on the floor.

Broadcast Mix Position IMAG switching AV Racks
On the left is the Studer which is used for the “broadcast mix” which is what you hear on the website. In the middle is the IMAG camera switching station. On the right are the video racks, which house switchgear, the Spyder, Hard Disk playback, and more.

Yamaha SubKick
Notice the yamaha “SubKick” microphone on the kick drum. Inside the shell is a 6.5″ speaker which is wired to operate as a low frequency microphone.

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2 Comments on “Tech Roundtable at Granger”

  1. jermtech Says:

    I spent a lot of time writing alt tag descriptions and captions for all the photos, but it appears that WordPress has stripped them out or is not showing them. When I get some time, i’ll have to go in and retype them as body text, it appears 😦

  2. wagobart Says:

    Jerm, I’m able to see your alt tags on the thumbnail view of these pics. But you’re right, it appears that the tags were stripped off the pics if you click into them.


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