World Harvest Church reaps good yield with DiGiCo Quantum338
Photo above: Matt Larson (left) from Group 1 with the WHC production team at the new Quantum338 located in the lookout pit to the left of the Columbus Church
World Harvest Church is big business. The 122,000 square foot main building houses a sanctuary that can accommodate over 5,200 people and contains an auditorium, a television studio, a children’s ministry which includes Sunday school for children from birth to sixth grade. , Harvest Prep School, ministry administrative offices and more, all on a 57-acre campus in Columbus, Ohio. The church even incorporates Valor Christian College, a coeducational institution located on the property.
But like many churches of all sizes, World Harvest Church is cautious when it comes to investing in AV technology. This is why the most recent acquisition of the church, a new DiGiCo Quantum338 console, serving as its monitor mixer, is an addition to its DiGiCo infrastructure, which includes an SD8 console mixing the front panel and an SD-Rack which has now been upgraded to include 32-bit “Ultimate” Stadium”Microphone preamps. The update of the audio system infrastructure also involved relocating all DiGiCo one platform Optocore fiber optic network, operated by Orlando-based Owens Audio Video Design, which also sold the DiGiCo systems, as well as a Nexo PA, when they were installed earlier this year.
“World Harvest Church tends to hang on to its systems and get the best possible return on investment, which is not unusual,” observes Bob Owens, owner of Owens Audio Video Design. “He is a long-time client and a long-time client DiGiCo user — we have sold and installed the DiGiCo D5 console they had in the Monitor Sanctuary before we sold and installed the SD8 there in 2010. The Quantum338 is a great choice for them – it takes them light years beyond where the D5 was, with more faders, layers and inputs, but at a very economical price for all that extra capability , as well as the Quantum processing, which is a great plus for them. “
The church audio team now has 56 32-bit mic preamps to work with, as well as 64 AES and analog outputs on the monitors. In addition to the new preamps, the SD-Rack also added new interface cards, including five analog cards, two AES cards, a Dante card and a Aviom interface card for church IEM. “The pastor of World Harvest Church is pretty straightforward,” says Owens. “When he doesn’t like something, he’ll let you know.” But when he does, he’s happy to tell you that too, and he’s noticed how better and cleaner the church has been this year. In fact, everyone has noticed it!
World Harvest Church audio director Joe Cooper praises Quantum338 also. “It made a huge difference for us from the start,” he says. “For starters, we and the 32-bit mic preamps ourselves now running at 96k make a big difference in sound quality and give us a lot more headroom. And now that all the consoles are on an optical loop, we can use the Quantum338Send control to easily move audio over the network if, for example, we want to send the audio back to the main console for playback for training purposes, virtual sound checking, or troubleshooting. The flexibility is amazing.
Cooper, who is the church’s primary audio mixer but also oversees a small team of contract mixers, says training was not an issue as he and his staff gradually moved from previous iterations of DiGiCo operating systems – “it was a logical progression from the SD to Quantum, ”he says — and he attributes DiGiCo unwavering customer support over the years to ensure any question is answered promptly and accurately.
Now that the Quantum338 is up, Cooper says the Quantum processing power has been a wonder to explore. “I used the Spice Rack a lot, especially the six-band, dynamic, multiband compressor / expansion valve, Chile 6. I have been a heavy user of Waves in the past, especially the C6, and with Chile 6, this type of processing is now better integrated into the console itself, ”he said.
The addition of Quantum338 and the fiber loop changes the workflow of the church. In addition to the improvements for monitoring, Cooper says he plans to extend the network fiber to the church’s Pro Tools-based recording studio, again something the Quantum338control mailings will facilitate. And the future holds even more expansion: Cooper says he recommended the church invest in a KLANG in-ear monitor mixing system for the stage. “Right now we’re mixing Pro Tools ‘in the box’, but another Quantum338 that too would make a huge difference, ”he says. “We never know.”
For more information on World Harvest Church, visit www.whc.life. Owens Audio Video Design is available online at www.owensavdesign.com/index.html.