dLive at Arise Conference
NEW ZEALAND: The Arise Conference is one of the largest Christian gatherings in New Zealand. It is a three-day event that takes place annually in Wellington and is split between two venues: the TSB Bank Arena and the Michael Fowler Centre, in addition to another pair of venues that house the simultaneous Glow Kids' Conference. Hosted by Arise Church, which itself comprises eight campuses across the country, the conference welcomes more than 6,000 attendees from 300 churches.
Lampros Sound was called upon to facilitate the audio aspects of the event, which saw the A/V rental company utilise its existing stock of Allen & Heath mixers, while also investing in a new dLive digital mixing system in preparation for the conference. The newly purchased dLive system is made up of an S7000 Surface and DM64 MixRack. In addition to using its existing and newly-acquired inventory, Lampros Sound also sub-hired another pair of dLive systems due to the size of the event.
‘The nature of the Conference, and its crew of volunteers, meant there was a range of skill levels, and given the limited rehearsal time, it was important to use equipment that is reliable and easy to use,’ notes Heath Clapperton, Lampros Sound's sound and production engineer. Mr Clapperton provided onsite support throughout the conference, working alongside the Arise technical team.
Inside the TSB Arena, which served as the primary venue, dLive systems managed FOH, monitors and recording. A passive three-way split reportedly fed the consoles, while a Dante network carried the signal to an iLive-T112 and iDR-48 for the online streaming mix and a MacBook Pro with Logic for multi-track recording. Over in the Michael Fowler Centre, an iLive-T112 with an iDR-48 were deployed at FOH, while at monitors, a further T112 and an iDR-64 were implemented with a passive split. FOH and monitors at the Glow Kids’ Conference were handled by a GLD-112 with an AR2412 and a pair of AR84 remote I/O racks. A GLD-112 with AR2412 also ran FOH and monitors at the young adult’s sessions, but with a single AR84. Several ZED-6014FX mixers were employed in the smaller breakout rooms.
‘We used A&H consoles for everything,’ recalls Arise Church’s wide production lead, Tom Borkin. ‘The user interface on all the consoles is intuitive, clear and well laid out. For our Church, they are reliable consoles. We’ve been using them in bump in/out environments for almost 10 years and they deliver every week. They allow us to be flexible in what we do. We can be in three to four different venues for various church events in the same week, with completely different band configurations, and run everything from one console or with dedicated FOH and monitors consoles.’