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ICF Munich meets growing audio needs

ICF Munich meets growing audio needs

ICF Munich meets growing audio needs


ICF Munich (International Christian Fellowship) is a non-denominational free church. As well as hosting regular Sunday services, it also stages a variety of live events with up to 800 attendees. A large number of microphones and I/Os are required for these events, so, to meet growing audio needs, the church recently invested in an Allen & Heath dLive system comprising an S5000 surface with a DM48 MixRack and two DX168 expanders for additional inputs and outputs.

Marc Deisen at the S5000 surface
Marc Deisen at the S5000 surface

‘When we decided on a dLive, it was very important to us to have a straightforward, well-structured system,’ said Marc Deisen, ICF Munich’s head of audio. ‘Many of our technicians are volunteers and have very little trouble working with dLive, especially as we already had an iLive console in use. Above all, we quickly learned to appreciate the I/O patching matrix, which is very clear and easy to use for everyone.’

A Dante card is also used as part of the new setup for multitrack recording, connecting wireless microphone receivers and the PA.A special feature of the ICF building is the stage concept with a 360° central platform,’ Deisen noted. ‘Our goal is to keep the cable routes short and to have as few cables as possible leading through the audience to the desk, so the ability to expand with the DX stageboxes is vital, as well as convenient.

Now we have enough processing power for more than 50 channels plus effects, all in a modern and reliable system,’ he continued. ‘The Dyn8’s multiband compressor is unbeatable for all forms of signal processing and the DEEP plug-ins from the valve preamp emulation, through the 16T to the Opto compressor, surprise us again and again with their warm sound.’

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