atticusewig wrote:Now, this is a little off the thread topic,
but has anyone else noticed that
the tape recorder jack in their building
is nowhere near a power outlet.
We don't normally record Sacrament
meetings, which is fortunate, because
otherwise we would have to use an
extension cord which would be a
- Atticus Ewig
If your system is a modern installation, you'll probably find a record output jack on the stand, under the clerk's table or under the sacrament table. Newer installations have a cassette recorder physically attached under one of the tables for recording meetings. You may find that the jack in the breezeway or at the back of the chapel is fed by the cultural hall system, not by the chapel. That's how it was set up in at least one of two installations I was briefed on in about 2004.EDIT: Since posting the following paragraph, I have been informed that the 2006 Handbook prohibits audio recordings of sacrament meeting talks. Please disregard the following paragraph.
When the "consultant" from Sound Design briefed us on the new installation in 2003 or 2004, he explained the way his ward uses the recording system. When the sacrament part of the meeting is finished, the priests at the table start the recorder as they go to sit with their families. Then, when they go around to take the sacrament to the shut-ins, they take the tape to the first shut-in and pick up the tape they had left with this person the previous week. They drop off this 1-week-old tape with the second shut-in and pick up the tape from 2 weeks ago. Each of the shut-ins gets to hear each meeting, even if some are delayed a few or several weeks, and it only requires making one tape a week.EDIT: Since posting the previous paragraph, I have been informed that the 2006 Handbook prohibits audio recordings of sacrament meeting talks. Please disregard the previous paragraph.
One thing I picked up on during the two briefings I attended is the way things are set up with the different businesses employed in doing a sound system. At least in 2004, a "consultant" from Sound Design comes to do the specific design for that building, including any local adaptations required by local situations. Then, a contractor (often General Communications) does the actual installation. The contractor will do some rough, preliminary tuning of the system. A couple of weeks later, Sound Design comes back to do final tuning of the system and instruction of local folks in how to use the system.
Sound Design gives out a training DVD at final tuning. The DVD is _SUPPOSED_ to be given to local ecclesiastical leaders for training of local people. Sometimes the facilities management group gets the DVD and hangs on to it. If that happens, the contact person needs to bug the facilities group into giving the DVD to the local units.
The consultant also shared an interesting perspective on the microphones and such in the Primary and Relief Society rooms. The main reason the Primary room has a PA system is so the children can learn proper use of a microphone. The main reason the Relief Society room has a PA system is the sisters would complain if the Primary room had one and the sisters did not.