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Mic check at Southcrest Baptist

Mic check at Southcrest Baptist

Mic check at Southcrest Baptist


Rusty Trowbridge, the technical director and lead audio technician at Southcrest Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas, recently sought a solution to improve the audio coverage for the church’s services and internet broadcasts. After exploring various options, he equipped Southcrest Baptist with a new inventory of DPA microphones.

The church conducts five services each week – three of which include a full choir and orchestra – and streams three online broadcasts. To cater for all of this, the new microphone roster that Southcrest Baptist employed consists of DPA d:vote 4099 instrument microphones that capture the majority of the orchestra, including all of the stringed instruments, from violins, violas and cellos to the double bass and harp, 12 d:sign 4098 supercardioid ceiling mics that hang from the ceiling, covering the choir, and a d:fine 4166 Flex omnidirectional headset worn by the church’s senior pastor, Dr David Wilson.

‘I felt that the microphones we were using unpleasantly coloured the instruments,’ said Mr Trowbridge. ‘We found that with DPA’s d:vote 4099 instrument mics, not only was the sound quality of the orchestra outstanding but the reproduction of the instrument sound was unmatched to what we had previously experienced. I also like how sensitive the microphones are. I do not have to give them a lot of gain to get them to a useable level. In addition, the instrumentalists love the way the associated clips attach the mics to each individual instrument. They do not get in the way while they are playing or even risk damaging the instruments when attached.’

For the choir, Mr Trowbridge required a zoning ability. ‘Because our choir loft is so large, sometimes it is not completely full. In those instances, we create smaller sections where the entire choir stands instead of spreading them out, defeating the purpose of choral source. The d:sign 4098s allow me to mute certain zones we may not be using and unmute others without having an unusable amount of bleed from our orchestra.’

Meanwhile, Pastor Wilson had been searching for a comfortable headset that fit well for a while. ‘We tried a lot of options and, not surprisingly, he landed again on DPA and the d:fine 4166 headset microphone,’ Mr Trowbridge added. ‘He is responsible for miking himself up each week and has no problems getting the capsule in the perfect place. Personally, what I love about the d:fine 4166 is how clear Pastor Wilson sounds. It’s like he is right in front of you having a conversation. This also helps us regain intimacy in a large room.’

Mr Trowbridge isn’t the only person to have noticed the difference. ‘Since implementing all of the DPA mics, we have had some really nice comments from the congregation. Our church services sound better then ever before.’

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