Founded in 2000 by Pastor Robert Morris, Gateway Church has grown during its 20-year existence to feature eight campuses around the state of Texas, with another in Wyoming. The campuses all lead worship as one thanks to the power of broadcast and an estimated 30,000 people attend the church’s services each weekend. The main broadcast campus, Gateway’s facility in Southlake, recently upgraded its three DiGiCo SD7 consoles with the latest Quantum7 technology to further expand their audio processing power.
Gateway Church employs DiGiCo consoles, including SD-Range and S-Series desks, at seven of its satellite locations for consistency. The trio of SD7 consoles in Southlake, meanwhile are used for FOH, monitors and broadcast respectively. The Quantum7 upgrade was completed just in time for the church’s conference in October 2019, as well as its two Christmas stage productions.
‘We typically plan out our strategic upgrades to be done by summer, because we know we have the events coming up in the fall and close to Christmas,’ explained Brandon Conn, the church’s live production senior audio specialist. ‘We actually began the upgrade process with Quantum7 in February  and had the latest firmware added in September.
‘With the new Stadius 32-bit mic preamps, the vocal clarity has improved dramatically, and it was very good before the Quantum7 upgrade. The worship pastor’s vocal presence is so transparent, it’s as though you’re standing right next to the source. It’s a real improvement in dynamic range on the microphones with the extra bits, so we find that we don’t have to push the preamps as much to achieve intelligibility, and that in turn helps with gain structure.’
Discussing the church’s standardisation of DiGiCo consoles across its many campuses, Conn said: ‘Having a consistent work surface everywhere means our engineers can fill in at any location at any time. It’s an easy work surface to understand and learn, and most of our operators are flying solo within three or four weeks after training.’