PreSonus helps Crestview Church streamline performances
WORLD: Crestview Church in Boulder, Colorado, has purchased a PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 mixing console for use in church media productions. The congregation’s pastor, Greg Hess, has been using the manufacturer’s Audiobox equipment both at its small project studio and part-time in the main sanctuary. Impressed with its benefits, he decided to purchase the StudioLive desk to rid the congregation of its rapidly aging outboard gear and to streamline operations.
‘I originally got an AudioBox 1818VSL for our small project studio about a year ago now,’ explained Mr Hess. ‘I began using it on some live events as well, and I was really impressed with it. So we recently got a StudioLive 24.4.2 console for the sanctuary, and it's dramatically changed the way we create and record our music.
‘The processing power in the StudioLive is equal to several times the outboard gear we had before - we can have a compressor and effects on every channel if we need to,’ Mr Hess continued. ‘Plus we were able to remove a whole rack of gear from front of house. And the ability to save full snapshots of everything has done amazing things for our workflow.’
The console gives the church the option to record an entire multitrack mix for live services and is, according to Mr Hess, a great tool for teaching volunteer staff how to manage the console and add in effects. However, he is keen to assert that more experienced users can also benefit.
‘I'm usually on stage playing, and working with a Capture session gives me a chance to get familiar with the board, so I know what to ask for when I need something,’ said Mr Hess. ‘It's also great for rehearsals - we use it to control the mix from the stage, which enables us to schedule rehearsals without having to have a sound guy present.’
Away from the mixing consoles, the sanctuary houses a Renkus-Heinz speaker system comprised of TRX81 and TRX62H two-way loudspeakers, and powered by Crest and Crown amplifiers. A Hear Back personal monitoring system drives the musicians' in-ear systems, and a further AudioBox USB interface is used to trigger tracks and loops from his laptop on stage.
‘We've been using the AudioBox 1818 VSL in our Fellowship Hall. It's enabled us to add a 16-input interface in there, with no fuss and no setup woes,’ concluded Mr Hess. ‘For a smaller church like ours, PreSonus gear has really given us an edge. It's affordable, it's easy to use, and it gives us access to the kind of technology that only the really big churches used to be able to afford.’