Texas megachurch benefits from Waves Audio
WORLD: A plethora of Waves Audio plugins are described to be ‘key tools’ for Jason Aulds, the associate director/FOH engineer at the Texas Gateway Church. The church boasts a large worship community spanning four campuses, and the Waves Audio products complement an impressive sound setup at the sanctuary.
‘I need to bring the highest level of service that I can in order to engage the congregation without being distracting,’ said Mr Aulds. ‘That’s both for music and speech. Some of the challenges include helping the worship team create dynamics without becoming too loud, getting an isolated drum kit to sound natural, big and lively, and bridging the gap between the volume of music down to a lapel or headset without it sounding small. I am always making sure I have great clarity and headroom, and that my effects are proper for the type of song.’
The church houses three DiGiCo SD7 consoles at the main campus, four DiGiCo SD8s across the other campuses and an Avid Venue D-Show console is used for travel. The SD8’s are paired with Waves’ SoundGrid Essentials bundle, whilst the D-Show is complemented by a Waves Audio Live Bundle.
Amongst Mr Aulds’ key Waves plugins are the C6 and C4 compressors, in addition to the entire Renaissance Maxx bundle. For vocals, Mr Aulds relies on the Renaissance Vox, Renaissance DeEsser, CLA-2A compressor/limiter, the C6 and occasionally the Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter plugin. For drums, he uses a combination of Waves’ Q10, CLA-76, SSL G-Channel, the wide-band component of Trans-X for kick, the SSL Channel for snare, Q10, the four-band Trans-X multi for toms and API 2500 for group mics.
For bass, Mr Aulds usually utililses a CLA-76, but notes that he will occasionally use C4, API 560 or MaxxBass. Meanwhile for guitars, he often uses the SSL Channel and sometimes the OneKnob Series Phatter, Driver and Brighter plugins. In addition, Mr Aulds uses the CLA-2A for keyboards, and the MaxxVolume, C6 and Paz analyser for the main mix bus.
‘Waves plugins feature simple, straightforward controls, offer great visual feedback from meters and displays, have awesome presets, and most importantly, deliver great audio quality,’ he enthused.