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Live Streamed Worship Services

The following are Church Keyboard Center customers:

Adat Ari El, Valley Village

Anaheim Seventh-day Adventist Church

Bel Aire Presbyterian Church

Church of Our Saviour, San Gabriel (Episcopal)

Church of St. Paul in the Desert, Palm Springs (Episcopal)

Church of the Good Shepherd, Arcadia (Methodist)

First Presbyterian Church, Burbank

First Presbyterian Church, Santa Barbara

First United Methodist Church, Bakersfield

Glenkirk Church, Glendora (Presbyterian)

Holy Family Catholic Community, Glendale

Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church, Fresno

Metropolitan Community Church of the Coachella Valley

Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano (Catholic)

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Santa Barbara

Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Newport Beach

Presbyterian Church of the Master, Mission Viejo

Rock of the Foothills Church, La Verne (Lutheran)

Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, Rancho Palos Verdes

Shepherd’s Grove, Irvine (Hour of Power)

Sinai Temple, Los Angeles

Simi Valley United Methodist

St. James in the City Episcopal Church, Los Angeles

St. John Chrysostom Episcopal Church, Rancho Santa Margarita

St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Hacienda Heights

St. Luke Lutheran Church, Woodland Hills

St. Mark Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach

St. Monica Catholic Community, Santa Monica

St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Los Angeles

Trinity Anglican Church, Bakersfield

United University Church, Los Angeles

Van Nuys Seventh-day Adventist Church

Here is a selection of others that are live streaming services:

Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, Lake Forest

All Saints’ Beverly Hills (Episcopal)

All Saints’ Church, Pasadena (Episcopal)

Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, Los Angeles

Christ Cathedral, Garden Grove

Covenant Presbyterian Church, Long Beach

First Congregational Church of Los Angeles

First United Methodist Church, Glendale

First United Methodist Church, Pasadena

First United Methodist Church, Whittier

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Dana Point

La Verne Heights Presbyterian Church

Loma Linda University Seventh-day Adventist Church

Manhattan Beach Community Church

North Hollywood United Methodist Church

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach

St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church, Pasadena

St. John’s Lutheran Church, Orange

Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Wilmington

San Marino Community Church

Sun City United Methodist Church

Trinity Lutheran Church, Simi Valley

Vallejo Drive Seventh-day Adventist Church, Glendale

Valley Beth Shalom, Encino

 

Live Streaming your Rodgers or Johannus Organ

With many churches suddenly experimenting with live streaming worship services, tech crews are discovering that microphones in the sanctuary usually don’t provide the desired organ sound for the video being streamed.

We’ve been getting calls this week asking if there is a way to get a “line out” audio feed directly from the organ console.  The answer is: YES.

Most Rodgers and Johannus organs have stereo line level outputs located under the keyboards:

  • Rodgers: look for the small panel with a number of connections either on the left or right side under the keyboards.  There are two 1/4″ mono phone plug outputs for Line Out Left & Right (stereo).  (Note: a few Rodgers models do not have a line out–see footnote below).
  • Johannus: look for the small panel on the left side under the keyboards.  There will be either a single mini stereo phone plug output or two RCA outputs (stereo Left & Right).

Connecting the organ line out to an audio board/mixer requires converting the high impedance (hi Z) output of the organ to low impedance (lo Z) of the microphone inputs at the mixer.  Use a “direct box” as follows:

  • Use audio cables with appropriate connectors (1/4″ phone plug or RCA) plugged into the organ going to the Direct Boxes
  • XLR microphone cable from the Direct Box to your sound board/mixer that is feeding the live stream

Click here to see an example of a Direct Box.

Click here to learn more about the function of a Direct Box.

 

Sound Quality Tips

  • The line out feeds are stereo.  Preserving the stereo signal will enhance the sound of the organ for the live stream listeners.
  • If the line level is too low, there are settings in the organ that control the output level that might need to be increased.  Please call us for assistance–we can probably step you through the process over the phone.
  • Please note that the reverb settings in the organ affect the line out.  If your sanctuary has reasonably good acoustics, the reverb settings may be very low or even turned off.  This will result in the line out signal being “dry” (little or no reverb), which does not sound natural–NOT good!  You can either add reverb in your mixer board (if possible) or adjust the reverb configuration in the organ to provide the desired level of reverb.  This easy to do–we can assist you over the phone if necessary.
  • If your sanctuary has good acoustics for music, a very natural organ sound can be achieved by setting up good microphones to capture the “live” organ sound in the middle of the room (not close to the speakers) and mixing it with the feed from the organ line out.  Experiment with the balance between the two (and the position of the microphones), using the line out feed for clarity and the live feed to create the natural sense of hearing the organ live in the church.  (Note: if your sanctuary has a relatively dry acoustic, this additional effort may not yield useful results–stick to the line out feed using the internal reverb system in the organ).

For Rodgers organs that do not have a line out, the headphone jack can be used.  Use a cable with a 1/4″ stereo plug.  Plugging into the headphone jack silences the organ speakers, so you will need to use a splitter so that the organist can still use headphones to hear the organ.  Alternatively, use a powered monitor speaker for the organist and other participants to hear the organ.

 

How To Contact Us During LA County “Safer at Home” Order

The “Safer at Home” order issued by Los Angeles County requires the closure of non-essential retail businesses through at least April 19.  Through this period Church Keyboard Center is still operating and available to support any needs that may arise.

Our showroom is normally open only by appointment, and this will continue with additional safety precautions in place.  Please call for further information.

Organ service requests are being taken, however, non-urgent service will be scheduled after Easter (April 12).  We may recommend postponing service if we feel the visit would pose an undue risk for either you or the service technician.  Call 909-599-7899 (during business hours) for service requests or use the new Nelson.Care online form (see below).

Organist support is always available by phone as usual.  Please call 909-833-7638 (this is Nelson’s direct office number).

New–Submit Requests Online

We recently implemented a new online request form.  Using a browser (Safari, Firefox, Edge, etc.) on your computer or phone, go to Nelson.Care and type your request–then click SUBMIT.

This form is especially convenient to use on a smartphone and has some advantages over phoned in requests.  Calls often come when we’re on the road or heads down working on an organ.  If you end up leaving a voice mail, there can be a delay in retrieving your message and responding to your request.  If we do end up speaking while “on the go,” getting your request properly documented for follow up later when we’re back in the office is not 100% reliable!

Requests submitted via the Nelson.Care form go directly into our information system and Nelson is immediately alerted wherever he happens to be.  If immediate follow up is not possible, your request continues to prompt our staff for a response until it has been dealt with.

Associates Achieve Training Certification

Two Church Keyboard Center Associates have completed technical and product certification, having attended training sessions conducted by the Global Organ Grouup at the Rodgers factory in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Tony Imperatrice and Lawrence Strohm participated in a series of training sessions for Rodgers and Johannus organs, including both current and legacy models.

Tony Imperatrice is a sales associate and service technician in the Fresno area.  Lawrence Strohm is a service technician in the Los Angeles area.  Both Tony and Lawrence have 20-plus years of experience as pipe organ technicians and have managed hybrid pipe organ projects for Church Keyboard Center in recent years.

Versatile Organ Keyboards for Gigging Organists

Church Keyboard offers two new portable organ keyboards that open many possibilities for organists who do freelance gigs in a variety of locations that do not typically have an organ.  Expand your “repertoire” of income-producing opportunities.

We’re pleased to present these new workhorses for professional organists: the Johannus One and Dexibell L3.  These are essentially the same keyboard with identical features, but each with its own unique stop list.

As a traveling organist with organ keyboard, here are just some of the possibilities:

  • Worship services on location–Easter sunrise and other occasional services in non-traditional locations can still have the inspiring sound of traditional organ….plus much more.
  • Garden weddings–the classic outdoor wedding calls for a variety of musical styles.  These keyboards enable providing the familiar wedding marches while also supporting piano repertoire and other contemporary music requests.
  • Funeral chapels–with most funeral chapels lacking an organ, the Johannus One and Dexibell L3 come to the rescue when quality organ music is desired.
  • Choir room–when you want to rehearse the choir with the organ….except you need to do it in the choir room.
  • Touring chorale–for touring choral groups that perform in a wide variety of venues, these keyboards provide consistent and predictable performance support.
  • Church conference at a hotel–patch these keyboards into the sound system for the event and you can effectively lead a ballroom full of people in singing the great hymns.
  • Teaching–perfect for introducing piano students to the sound of the organ, and starting to develop keyboard technique.
  • Music festivals & street performances–do your thing…Bach will sound great!
  • Home enjoyment and practice–when you’re not out doing any of the above, you can just have fun at home.  Plus, all your combinations that you work out and save are available when you’re “on the road.”

We usually have both of these keyboards in stock to demo* and purchase.  Pricing** is:

  • Johannus One – $3,199
  • Dexibell L3 – $2,499

*Demos by appointment in the Monrovia showroom–please call 909-599-7899 to schedule

**Incentives available for AGO members

As noted above, the only difference between the Johannus One and Dexibell L3 is the stop list.  Click here to view a comparison of the two stop lists.

What about pedals?

The most common question we get is: can a pedal board be connected?  Yes–most MIDI pedal boards are compatible….if you really need to go there.  The two pedal stops on these keyboards automatically play the bottom note that you’re playing.  In the spirit of maximizing mobility and minimizing set-up time, think about using this feature that “plays” the pedals, but without the expense and logistics of traveling with a pedal board.  After all, a pedal board that is anywhere near a full-size AGO pedal board is not mobile.  Let your fingers do the work!

Johannus One Organ Keyboard

Johannus One Organ Keyboard

Dexibell L3 Organ Keyboard

Dexibell L3 Organ Keyboard

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