Countryman at the ministry
USA: Named after its founder, Kenneth Hagin Ministries, is a travelling ministry that tours the world, as well as operating both the Rhema Bible Training College and Rhema Bible Church. Based out of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, the ministry is active in 52 countries and hosts revival meetings, church services and college classes across its 200 campuses. To cater for its worshippers that are unable to attend any of its physical locations, Kenneth Hagin produces daily podcasts and weekly television broadcasts.
To capture the audio for live, recorded and broadcast applications, a microphone solution was required that could cater reliably for all three. This is provided by Countryman and its E6 Earset and H6 Headset microphones. ‘We regularly use 15 E6 Earsets and two H6 Headset mics,’ explains the ministry’s technical director, JT Moore. ‘We also use a few of the company’s Isomax microphones along with an additional 12 that we keep on hand for dramatic productions.
‘We developed our relationship with Countryman microphones when our founder, Kenneth E. Hagin, was in his late seventies and needed a mic with more gain before feedback, as his voice was growing weaker,’ Mr Moore continues. ‘We tried every head-worn microphone in existence and the best performance was achieved with the Countryman Isomax Headset. When the E6 Earset microphone debuted, we began switching over to the lighter, smaller microphone and have used them extensively ever since. We have E6 microphones that have been in use for over 15 years without fail. We use the microphone in its standard position over the right ear and use it primarily for speech reproduction for our pastors as they preach and make announcements. We highly recommend the E6 Earset as the best microphone for the widest variety of production requirements.’
In his role at the ministry, Mr Moore looks after audio, lighting and video projection at the man campus, while teaching media classes at Rhema Bible Training College. Once the college’s students graduate, the technical director assists them by designing and managing the installation of A/V equipment at churches that they go on to found. ‘In the 18 years that we’ve been working with Countryman, the company has been very responsive. We use the E6 Earset microphones in a few of our college classrooms and use them hardwired into a 70V speaker system. When we needed a different gain on the microphones to match the older mics, Countryman supplied the correct microphone promptly. The company is consistently quick and professional in responding to any inquiries and fulfilling orders that we place,’ he notes.
Another of Mr Moore’s duties involves overseeing the production of special events that the ministry puts on. ‘Every Christmas, we have a children’s musical,’ he reveals. ‘These productions feature 10-15 child actors that work hard but are not experienced. In the past, we used a lot of floor microphones along with mics on stands to try to pick up their lines and vocals. We then switched and began using the E6 Earset mics on the lead actors and, since that time, have achieved a great level of improvement in the overall sound and the ability to hear them.
‘We’ve always loved the quality of sound reproduction we get from our Countryman microphones,’ Mr Moore concludes. ‘They are super lightweight, so our pastors are not bothered by the weight of wearing a microphone. The black mic blends very well with the background and the mic’s small element offers great gain before feedback. You can clearly hear the pastor and the crowd without experiencing any unnecessary room noise. Even though these mics are small in size, they are very robust and last a long time without any failure.’