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Calvary Baptist’s digital transition

Calvary Baptist’s digital transition

Calvary Baptist’s digital transition


Calvary Baptist Church in Woodbridge, Virginia has transitioned to a digital audio setup with the installation of an Allen & Heath dLive C Class digital mixing system comprising a C2500 Surface, CDM48 MixRack and two DX168 Expanders. The system was installed by John Pierce of Audio/Video Group, who had previously mixed for the church at an event for a local Christian radio station.

‘We had an Allen & Heath GL2800 analogue mixing console,’ said Ian Trumbore, a deacon at the church and its lead audio engineer. ‘But we were maxing out the inputs and we couldn’t record things like the kids’ theatre like we wanted. I was constantly switching stuff around and physically patching things on the fly. So, we made the decision to go to a digital console that could meet our needs.’

Ian Trumbore using the dLive C2500 Surface
Ian Trumbore using the dLive C2500 Surface

Mr Pierce first completed a site survey, analysing the church’s needs. ‘I recommended the dLive because of its sound quality and workflow and I knew it would simplify the transition from their existing analogue console,’ he explained.

Calvary Baptist’s worship services take place in its multipurpose Family Life Center. The CDM48 MixRack and one of the DX168 Expanders are located at the stage. ‘We have 40–50 sources onstage depending on the service, so this works out well,’ said Mr Trumbore.

The other DX168 can be found at FOH. It accepts wireless mics, recorded tracks and other sources, and is connected via Cat-6 cabling using Allen & Heath gigaACE networking. A Waves card in the C2500 Surface enables multitrack recording on a Mac and dLive layers are used to manage sources and dLive show files restore typical system configurations and mix settings after special events.

‘The dLive has surpassed my expectations,’ Mr Trumbore concluded. ‘After we installed it, the musicians asked: “Did you do something else when you changed this? Because everything is so much clearer”.’

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