Friday, August 25, 2006

A Shocking Development

The Cathedral was struck by lightning this week. It is not the first time, nor will it be the last. Our 251' tall central tower attracts lightning from time to time.

Last Monday, the lightning strike damaged some computer equipment and the mixer in the Cathedral's sound system. The damage certainly could have been worse. The Cathedral's steel superstructure is helpful in directing the electricity into the ground. Sometimes, we see no damage from lighning strikes. This time lightning may have struck a different part of the building, causing the damage. We will probably never know.

I replaced the Cathedral's burned-out mixer with one that we use for school and RE plays. Although the sound is not ideal - and it never was ideal - , it is better than nothing. This is a temporary fix. I will be replacing the mixer with a permanent one in a few weeks.

While I was working, I rewired the signal path so that I now have much more control over the sound in the transepts. Msgr. Gier commented that he thinks speech is more intelligible in both the nave and the transepts. The true test will come this weekend. Sound behaves differently when the Cathedral is full of people.

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