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Lakewood Baptist Church increases monitoring with KLANG:fabrik

Lakewood Baptist Church increases monitoring with KLANG:fabrik
Technical director Coltyn Cooley with a tablet running KLANG:app

Lakewood Baptist Church increases monitoring with KLANG:fabrik

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Lakewood Baptist Church in Gainesville, Georgia, has purchased two KLANG:fabrik immersive IEM mixing systems for use in its main worship sanctuary. Acquired through systems integrator Production/Co, the units provide a total of 32 inputs and 12 individual immersive IEM mixes for the church’s band members, connected through Lakewood’s existing DiGiCo SD9 FOH console.

Audio engineer Carter Bailey oversees the band’s immersive monitor mixes from an Apple computer at FOH
Audio engineer Carter Bailey oversees the band’s immersive monitor mixes from an Apple computer at FOH

“They had taken their existing in-ear monitoring solution as far as it could go – they needed a more flexible and sophisticated IEM solution and the KLANG:fabrik was it,” said Cason Cleveland, owner of Production/Co. “The ability for the musicians onstage to completely control their own mixes was important because the church often relies on volunteers to mix services. Each musician having their own app onstage means that monitoring is one less thing the FOH mixer has to worry about, allowing them to focus on making the house sound as good as it can be.”

Studio manager and drummer Jon Poole keeps his laptop and tablet running KLANG:app within easy reach
Studio manager and drummer Jon Poole keeps his laptop and tablet running KLANG:app within easy reach

Cleveland believes the SD9’s own intrinsic routing flexibility was of assistance here – he was able to assign a feed from the inputs from the stage to the KLANG units through the console, connected via MADI, giving the stage every input needed to create local mixes. “We just copied the input assignments internally on the SD9 and assigned that to the KLANG:fabrik units – it was that simple,” he explained. “It was also very helpful that we could set the KLANG units up as completely separate systems from the rest of the audio system. As a result, we can apply processing such as EQ individually as well.”

Lakewood Music Institute director and keyboardist Kim Stice adjusts her IEM mix via the KLANG:app on her phone
Lakewood Music Institute director and keyboardist Kim Stice adjusts her IEM mix via the KLANG:app on her phone

Continued the church’s technical director, Coltyn Cooley: “With the KLANG system, we more than doubled our monitoring channel count and, as a result, we’re able to give everyone onstage the ability to build complete mixes in their ears. For instance, the drummer now has individual channels for kick, snare and other instruments, whereas before we could only give him a submix. Now, each vocal has its own mix; before, we used to have to gang up the vocals. Then put the immersive technology on top of that and they are having their minds blown onstage. They love it.”

The church’s musicians, worship pastors and audio team have all been impressed by KLANG:fabrik’s performance. “The ability it gives them to spread out the mix and have better defined and detailed sound onstage means individual instruments don’t have to be as loud, which keeps overall volume better under control, another way KLANG:fabrik makes the FOH engineer’s job easier and also preserves the musicians’ hearing,” said Cleveland.



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