A Lighting Console’s Most Important Feature: Who Will Be Using It?

A professional is going to have much more experience across multiple consoles. However, a novice volunteer who is looking for a new place to serve is not likely to know anything more than what you can teach them.

A Lighting Console’s Most Important Feature: Who Will Be Using It?
It is important to remember that whether you are using a free piece of software or a full size GrandMA2, great lighting looks can be achieved if the lighting engineer is comfortable with the console and confident he has the tools to be successful.
A Lighting Console’s Most Important Feature: Who Will Be Using It?
It is important to remember that whether you are using a free piece of software or a full size GrandMA2, great lighting looks can be achieved if the lighting engineer is comfortable with the console and confident he has the tools to be successful.

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With so many different consoles that have so many different features, how can you decide what is best for your church? The key question that must be answered is, “Who will be using this console and can they be successful using it?”

Who will be using your new lighting console? Will it be a novice or a professional? A professional is going to have much more experience across multiple consoles. However, a novice volunteer who is looking for a new place to serve is not likely to know anything more than what you can teach them. If a novice lay-person is going to be operating the lighting console each week, then it must be user friendly enough that even your pastor could walk up and turn the lights on.

The second part of that key question has to do with being successful in operating the console. This requires leadership in your production team to first decide what being successful at running lights is for your church. Does being successful mean that you have a sophisticated, concert like lighting show during your worship service? Or is success defined as not using more than two colors during a song?

Maybe success is determined by the distraction level, or lack thereof, caused by the lights during your worship service. No matter what determines success for you, the lighting console of choice must be a useful tool to make your lighting team successful.

It is important to remember that whether you are using a free piece of software or a full size GrandMA2, great lighting looks can be achieved if the lighting engineer is comfortable with the console and confident he has the tools to be successful. Choose a console based on its usability for your church, because that truly is the most important feature of a lighting console.




More About Michael Scott
Michael Scott serves as the Director of Media Arts for Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond, Okla. He has a passion for serving the church and helping the Body connect through worship. Michael oversees all aspects of live production in multiple venues with a team of more than 50 volunteers. Ask any of his volunteers and they will tell you that Michael's main goal for his team is to serve without distractions and with excellence. Throughout the course of Michael's career he has had opportunities to work with many churches of varying sizes as a full-time employee, contractor, or consultant. Michael has been married to his wife Kristi for 12 years and they have two sons, ages 8 and 6.
Get in Touch: mscott@hhbc.com    More by Michael Scott

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