The Salvation Army recently collaborated with Systems Innovation (SI) to update their video, audio and lighting for their main stage as well as four breakout rooms. Since the main stage is used for worship services, movie nights, presentations, educational series and more; the space needed a flexible AV solution. Divided by air walls, the four breakout rooms needed to act both individually and as a whole with a touch of a button. Their vision was for the rooms was to have modern equipment that they could easily connect to.


To update their equipment, Systems Innovation upgraded the existing analog system that had a 4:3 projection system to a 16ft by 9ft 2.5 mm Planar 1080P LED wall. To keep the space clean and modern, Systems Innovation was tasked with keeping the vertical LED upright supports from being visibly noticeable on stage.


In order to overcome the challenge of hiding the LED ground supports, the SI engineering team worked directly with the manufacturer to build a custom frame. The cantilever frame allowed the LED display to be supported from the rear, being safely secured to the wall behind the main stage thus maintaining all support integrity.


The main stage was redesigned and outfitted with a 2.5mm Planar LED display. To easily connect to the system, four digital connection ports were installed along two at the front of house (FOH) and two on the stage. To add additional visual aids to the main stage, two 86” LCD confidence monitors were installed that can act independently or in unison. To enhance the audio, three QSC active line array speakers were installed on each side of the stage along two QSC powered subwoofers with a QSC QSYS CORE110F as the DSP. The stage provides versatility with two Rio1608 stage boxes on a Dante network.  At the FOH a Yamaha QL5 serves as the mixing console which comes equipped with eight new digital wireless microphones. The main stage was brought to life with multiple LED par lights, ellipsoidal lights moving lights. To create a unique effect for the main activities room, LED light bars were installed in the coves above the air walls of the breakout rooms.