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Quantum helps VOUS Church keep up with growth

Quantum helps VOUS Church keep up with growth
The view from VOUS Church’s stage just prior to a Zoom service

Quantum helps VOUS Church keep up with growth

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VOUS Church only launched five years ago but has already grown rapidly and expanded into two worship spaces – a 1,500-seat auditorium at iTech, Miami’s mega technology magnet high school, and a 500-seat hall at Jose De Diego middle school, just two miles to the south. But the real growth has taken place virtually, especially during the pandemic, with the church now having an average of 40,000 viewers streaming services online each week. VOUS Church production coordinator Jon Wygant contacted 3G Productions to supply a DiGiCo Quantum338 mixing console, primarily for the iTech auditorium.

“We’ve had a DiGiCo SD9 at each of our locations from the start, and I absolutely love them,” said Wygant. “The SD9 is still a powerhouse for such a small desk but, as we made plans late last year to take our services into an online experience, we decided to upgrade to a console that would better suit our broadcast site’s future needs. I knew I wanted another DiGiCo and I was initially hoping for something between an SD12 and SD5, so when DiGiCo announced the Q338, it was destiny.”

VOUS Church production coordinator Jon Wygant with the new DiGiCo Quantum338 mixing console at the church’s iTech location
VOUS Church production coordinator Jon Wygant with the new DiGiCo Quantum338 mixing console at the church’s iTech location

The Quantum338 currently serves more as the church’s streaming console than an FOH desk and is isolated in a separate room “to keep the mix focused and clean,” Wygant noted. The pre-existing SD9 has now taken over monitor duties, residing in the main worship space for easy interaction with the praise team, and is used to control all IEMs, wedges and the house/reference mix. With approximately 60 inputs coming into the house console, the church generally runs 16 different IEMs on the monitor mixer – for drums, bass, two guitarists, two keyboardists, up to eight singers and two engineers – plus two sets of wedges, which are primarily used for those who are speaking.

iTech’s Quantum338 is paired with two Waves Extreme Servers, the first one in a standard setup to run plug-ins for the live mix; the second is to run a Waves eMotion LV1, to which the audio crew sends matrices and some input channels via Dante from the Q338 to create a stream-specific mix. This is based on the house mix with some adjustments to optimise it for the church’s four YouTube and Facebook broadcasts on Sunday, two of which are Zoom services where the pastors and musicians can see and interact with their online community via eight large TVs facing the stage.

Wygant shares that the Quantum338 learning curve for their team was “really short. Having personally mixed on many SD-Range consoles, going from one DiGiCo to another is so easy since the work surface layout essentially remains the same. Plus, 3G, who has been our main pro audio vendor from the start, always provides exceptional system design and installation assistance as well as training and support, bringing us up to speed super-fast. They’ve been fantastic to work with.

“We have a blast collaborating on improving our layout and making new macros, and we’re really loving the flexibility and sound quality it provides. Running services and streams on the Q338 feels almost effortless and mixing on it each week is such a thrill. We are truly blessed.”



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