Allen & Heath brings iLive-T112 to Unity Church of the Hills
WORLD: Allen & Heath has recently completed the installation of two new mixing consoles into the Unity Church of the Hills in Austin, Texas. The existing sound system is currently being upgraded to cater to an expanding congregation that now require three services on Sundays, each with different musical styles and audio mixes.
‘We had a flying junkyard, a traditional array of a bunch of boxes. Add to this, our worship sanctuary has a lot of floor to ceiling glass windows so there was a limit to our volume levels due to the reverberation,’ said Jeff Sarich, sound engineer for the Church. ‘We read a lot of articles in church production publications and online in blogs and forums. You hear the same thing over and again about Allen & Heath consoles: amazing sound, lots of features and great pricing.’
For the main sanctuary, an Allen & Heath iLive-T112 Surface with an IDR-64 MixRack was selected. It commands the FOH position where it orchestrates a new Turbo Sound TCS 1061 line array powered by Ashley NE 2400 amplifiers and a series of Shure ULX-D wireless microphones.
‘The Allen & Heath consoles have tremendous resources for the front of house operator,’ stated Doug Windle, audio design manager for Ace Audio of Hutto, Texas, who designed the new system. ‘Primarily an audio renovation to bring great sound to a very “live” room, while controlling the reverberation caused by the large glass windows, the Allen & Heath iLive delivers a potent solution for the services. All channels of the iLive have rich sounding compressors with gates and parametric EQ’s with high pass filters on every channel.’
One of the biggest advantages to the audio team at the church has been the power and simplicity of the iLive-T112 system. Like most houses of worship, there is often a heavy reliance on volunteers to engage in and provide services for the congregation, but there is an intimidation factor involved when a novice begins to learn how to properly use a live sound console, especially come performance time.
‘One thing I’ll say about the Allen & Heath boards,’ said Mr Sarich, ‘the digital interface layout makes it very easy to learn – the EQ section comes up on a nice bright eight inch screen, there is also a VGA port to plug in a bigger screen for instruction.’
Also important to Mr Sarich was choosing a console that uses Audinate’s Dante platform. ‘Dante allows us to know we’re getting our audio levels and mix just right. Also, it’s reliable, we’ve never had a failure with the Dante - it just works’ he said.
Installed next to the sanctuary is an Allen & Heath GLD-80 with an AR84 I/O expander – the broadcast/recording hub for the church services. The GLD-80 takes a feed from the iLive-T112 system via the Allen & Heath Dante audio networking unit. The church plans to use this functionally to live stream services over the web as well as produce CDs and DVDs of special events.
‘For quality and ease of use my choice is always an Allen & Heath console,’ said Mr Windle. ‘Allen & Heath is a company that is focused on what the customer needs. They don’t seem like a big giant company, they seem like a small company that loves what they do,’ added Mr Sarich.