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First Baptist invests in second DiGiCo console

First Baptist invests in second DiGiCo console
Volunteer audio engineer Jay Hardy at First Baptist’s new SD10 console

First Baptist invests in second DiGiCo console

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For several years, the First Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi used a DiGiCo SD5 console and two SD-racks for front of house sound. The church has added an SD10 console for streaming audio for services and events alongside a DiGiCo Orange Box multi-format converter equipped with a DiGiCo Multichannel Interface (DMI) card for Dante connectivity. The SD10 was installed and integrated by Strata AVL, which previously installed the SD5 in the church.

FOH engineer Andrews Hicks mixing a service on the DiGiCo SD5 desk
FOH engineer Andrews Hicks mixing a service on the DiGiCo SD5 desk

‘We had such a great experience with the SD5 console that when it came time to replace our aging existing broadcast console, DiGiCo was the obvious choice,’ stated Michael Bowen, First Baptist Church’s minister of media and communications. ‘The SD10 has all the features that we want, including easy and reliable integration with an Optocore network, so we could have all of our audio consoles on a single network. Plus, DiGiCo has given us great service for years with the SD5, and we’re looking forward to more of that with the SD10.’

The First Baptist media team for Carols By Candlelight
The First Baptist media team for Carols By Candlelight

Bowen also reported how he believed that the SD10 would help with the church music productions including its Sunday services with a 50-piece orchestra and choir of 150 singers. ‘We broadcast the Sunday service, so it’s important that we have a console that can handle the rigours of that many inputs,’ he explained. ‘What we found with the SD10 was a high channel count at a cost-effective price. It’s a great value, which is always important for a house of worship’s budget. And the addition of the Optocore means our mixers are able to pull audio from a central location whenever they need to, which really improves their workflow. DiGiCo provided great training for the console; our professional team members were able to transition to it on day one, and our volunteers are quickly becoming familiar with it. We were up and running completely by Labor Day, and totally ready for our big Christmas event - five performances of Carols by Candlelight - which was seen by 15,000 people. We have complete confidence in all of our consoles for that.’

Scott Clark, co-owner of Strata AVL, added: ‘This has moved them from an analogue infrastructure to a completely networked digital one, with all of the major elements of the audio system creating a fully DiGiCo workflow. All of their input sources are now available at either console, at front of house or the broadcast control room. The amount of flexibility they now have here is dramatic.’



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