ADJ video wall makes mark at Impact Church
Wednesday, 17 March 2021
adjImpact Church is known for ‘high-energy worship and relevant, accessible teaching’
USA - Based in Scottsdale, AZ, Impact Church is a fast-growing, multi-ethnic church known for high-energy worship and relevant, accessible teaching. The church recently moved into a new home, which was purpose-designed to host worship services with a focus on high quality audio, video and lighting.
The anchor point of this new AVL system is the ADJ LED video screen which fills the rear of the stage, while the lighting setup consists exclusively of fixtures from ADJ and sister company Elation Professional.
What began as a bible study for the Arizona Cardinals hosted by player Andre Wadsworth in the late 1990s was opened to the public and soon became one of the fastest growing churches in the nation. Headed up by Senior Pastor Travis Hearn, Impact Church has a reputation for diversity, authenticity and throwing a huge celebration each weekend. These gatherings have become so popular that the church outgrew its previous building, which led to an ambitious project to retrofit a former grocery store into a large custom-designed worship space.
The company responsible for designing, supplying and installing the audio, video and lighting system for the new facility was Illuminate Production Services, headed by Rick Franke.
At the heart of the church’s new video system is a large LED wall comprised of no less than 144 ADJ VS3 panels. This video display surface extends the full width of the stage and provides a constant backdrop to whatever is happening in front of it. This not only allows for the display or song words, pre-produced video content and IMAG, but also the creation of striking silhouette effects with solid coloured graphics on screen and the worship team standing in front.
“The clarity of the VS3 is phenomenal,” comments Rick Franke. “In any large congregation or assembly, uniformly clear visuals from the front row to the last seat are always a key reason for quality LED video. But, the content Impact Church is producing is also exceptional. Furthermore, Impact Church’s message has the attention of many people of influence who are accustomed to broadcast quality professional communication. With all of this in mind, the VS3 LED wall we installed produces truly stunning quality, well suited to the way the message is being communicated and received at Impact.
“As far as the technical challenges of this project, the VS3 really outperformed in many ways. We needed a high refresh rate on the wall because of the strong IMAG and broadcast requirements in the space, and it excels in that regard. From a practical point of view, it’s about the easiest wall our team has ever assembled, and we have certainly built a lot of LED walls!”
For the lighting part of the project, Impact Church’s style of worship called for a full-on concert level of production. As a part of this, IPS's VP of design, Caleb Franke, decided to make use of ADJ’s recently released Jolt 300 multipurpose strobe / blinder / colour wash fixture.
“Selecting the Jolt 300 for this project was a value decision,” explains Caleb Franke. “We needed a good quality of coverage from a strobe/blinder effect light that can also be used for colour. The Jolt really delivered a nice punch for that space. They were installed on the mid-stage truss, downstage truss and floor. With 18 of them it created a nice layer of flare to the stage.”
The remainder of the lighting rig features a variety of fixtures selected from the catalogue of ADJ’s sister company, Elation Professional. Aerial effects and surface projections are generated by 16 FUZE SFX versatile moving head luminaires which are complemented on stage by 12 Rayzor 760 moving head wash fixtures. A run of Chorus 16 motorized pixel wash bars sit under the LED wall along the back of the stage, while key light is provided by a mixture of KL Fresnel 6 CW and KL Fresnel 8 fixtures. Finally, the setup is completed by a Magmatic Therma Tour 800 oil-based haze generator.

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