The Shepherd’s Church joins the DiGiCo ecosystem with the Quantum338 console and the DMI-KLANG card
While the faith of the Shepherd’s Church is based squarely on the Bible, it also understands that some things change. For example, the Cary, North Carolina-based church, founded in 1986 as the Colonial Baptist Church, took on its current name on January 1 of that year after it was passed with a 94% approval by the congregation, as Pastor Stephen Davey explains. , to “clearly identify to whom we belong and to whom we serve: the chief shepherd of the church – Jesus Christ”.
Another change that took place at that time was the installation of a new DiGiCo Quantum338 console, which included two SD-Racks (located on stage) and an SD-Mini Rack (used as additional I / O for monitoring), as well as a DMI-KLANG card for mixing in-ear monitors and a package full Waves treatment. With these new systems and platforms, the church has completely revamped the sound of its home and stage, bringing it, as Josh Beaddles, technical director of the church’s AVL ministry, puts it, “completely at the same time. ‘inside the DiGiCo ecosystem’.
The Quantum338 fulfills all of the goals the church envisioned for its new console. Installed by Wake Forest, NC PureMix integrator, the three lectern screens allow church A1 volunteers to work as a team if necessary, managing front-panel and streaming mixes, as well as controlling the KLANG IEM mixing system. This was the setup of a series of local school graduation ceremonies held at the church, one of the many types of events for which she allows the community access to her worship center of 1 200 seats in a two-court gymnasium, part of its 30-acre campus. “We have a lot of types of events here,” Beaddles explains, pointing to an 18-foot-tall man-made volcano built on stage for a recent VBS production. “We needed a console that would allow us to manage them all as efficiently as possible, and the Q338 does all of this and more.
Discovering Quantum338 was a three-year process that began when Beaddles and volunteer Doug Hester, the church’s systems designer and technician, who also mix some Sunday services into it, realized that the systems they had in place would not be soon to be more viable, 15 years old products orphaned by their manufacturers or unable to be adequately updated.
“Some Sundays we had to restart the whole system right before the service,” says Beaddles, who noted the strong feeling that had developed around the DiGiCo offices. They did their research and experimented with a series of demos, which made the idea of choosing an SD-Range console, initially considered an SD10 and an SD5, come true. “The way DiGiCo supports its products and its users was particularly appealing to us, given what we had been through with our old console,” says Hester.
Then a momentary budget issue sidelined the process, and by the time it was resolved, Quantum consoles had been introduced. The technical leadership of the church saw the console’s three LED screens and realized that it was the perfect solution to simultaneously mix in front of the house, manage the monitors and build rods to power their smaller mixers. streaming. “Doing all of this from a single console would be a huge challenge for any system, but with its flexible internal routing and automation, the Q338 let it be, ”says Hester.
This same delay in the upgrade process during which the Quantum338 appeared by chance also saw the arrival of the DMI-KLANG, a version of the mixing system KLANG: fabrik IEM integrated into the Quantum338 via a card slot. DMI-KLANG’s FPGA architecture allows for 16 immersive in-ear mixes for 16 musicians – The Shepherd’s Church has at least a dozen on stage every Sunday – of 64 single-speed and double-speed sample-rate input channels with quarter of a millisecond latency. Integrated into a DMI card, it connects directly to the console’s internal audio stream without any additional hardware I / O or overhead.
“We were also looking to improve our scene monitoring, and when the Q338 became available, DiGiCo had purchased KLANG and the DMI-KLANG meant it could be integrated directly into the console, ”says Beaddles. Hester adds: “We saw the DMI slot version as a bonus for us. The card supported more mixes and more channels.
Finally, this ecosystem approach to church audio upgrade was extremely cost effective, thanks to Q338the flexibility and scalability of, and its ability to integrate with KLANG and other systems, such as the Optocore fiber loop on which the console and SD-Racks move. A second network is used for Dante and control data, including the KLANG system and Shure ULXD wireless microphones.
“The other thing about the DiGiCo ecosystem is that we can expand it,” says Beaddles, who adds that the church is now considering purchasing the recently introduced KLANG: kontroller system. “We accept to be a part of this ecosystem because it has made our workflow and worship so much better. “
For more details on The Shepherd’s Church, visit www.shepherds.org. PureMix is also available online at www.puremix.org.