Eastgate Christian Centre mixes A&H systems
NEW ZEALAND: During a recent upgrade of its audio setup, Eastgate Christian Centre opted for a combined Allen & Heath solution comprising a dLive digital mixing and ME personal monitor systems.
‘We needed a greater auxiliary count and a more flexible workflow than the existing FOH mixer could provide, plus the monitor system was no longer reliable, so the church decided to replace both systems with a higher capacity system that can easily handle the most demanding service,’ explains Matt Bayly, technical arts director at Eastgate. ‘Everyone preferred dLive as it had a superior work-flow, was more user friendly and it sounded incredible. Following dLive’s installation, there has been a marked improvement in the audio quality, and we have received great feedback from church goers, pastors, musicians and sound technicians. The transition couldn’t have gone more smoothly between the old and the new systems and we are left without regrets.’
The dLive system consists of an S7000 surface and DM64 MixRack that serve the centre’s 450-capacity main auditorium. This manages the FOH mix, as well as auxiliary sends throughout the building and the mix sends for the front line vocalists. Meanwhile, eight ME-1 personal mixers enable musicians to control their own monitor mixes.
‘Having access to 40 channels has proved invaluable. The ability for musicians to have customised stereo mixes has only improved musicianship and their enjoyment of playing at Sunday services,’ concludes Mr Bayly. ‘As an end user we have really enjoyed learning to use the dLive system. The flexible channel strip layouts, low noise floor, DEEP processing, and large dual touchscreens, are stand out features for us. We would highly recommend the system to other churches - it’s a pleasure to use!’