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Vox Church holds drive-in worship with dBTechnologies

Vox Church holds drive-in worship with dBTechnologies
Vox Church crew with one of two dBTechnologies DVA K5 active line arrays

Vox Church holds drive-in worship with dBTechnologies


As a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, New Haven, CT-based Vox Church recently held three drive-in worship services using dBTechnologies’ DVA K5 active line arrays and SUB 18H powered subwoofers. A growing church with seven locations, Vox has standardised on these dBTechnologies models, using them for “load-in/load-out” services in several locations to simplify the setup for large event configurations.

The drive-in system, used for all three services, consisted of left and right arrays of 11 DVA K5s and a 3x3 end-fire cardioid array of SUB 18H subwoofers. Vox Church FOH engineer, Eugene Mulcahy, relied upon dBTechnologies’ Composer software to design and optimise the DVA arrays. “I did everything Composer told me to do,” he commented. “The predictions were right on and we had good audio out to at least 60m.”

Pastor Justin Kendricks and the dBTechnologies system
Pastor Justin Kendricks and the dBTechnologies system

Mulcahy simplified FOH electronics by using the church’s digital mixer for processing, routing and EQ. “I had a Waves super rack, but the only thing we used was an API 2500 compressor,” he explained. Monitor engineer Justin Beardsley mixed the band’s in-ear monitors from backstage and commented that the DVA K5 arrays did a great job of minimising rear spill onto the stage. “I was directly behind the arrays and did not have that flush of PA right on me or on the band,” Beardsley commented.

Based on the success of these drive-in services, Vox Church plans four more similar events. “These outdoor events for our church are going to become the norm,” furthered central production lead, Robert Roy Jr. “All the equipment is specified and pre-rigged with the array angles set in the shop. We know how to pack it on the truck, so moving from one location to another is simple – just ‘copy and paste’. All we had to do onsite is fly it. After the weekend, lead pastor Justin Kendricks came into our normal Tuesday meeting and simply said, ‘Our production team only knows one gear and that is awesome!’”

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