German HOWs look to Yamaha for simplistic mixing
GERMANY: Three small German houses of worship have all settled on Yamaha’s MTX3 matrix mixer/signal processor to allow untrained staff to provide day-to-day control of their audio systems. Steinheim-based Klartext AV has recently installed the system at churches in Kohlberg and Oggenhausen, while Cobra sound light outfitted St Pauli Church in Hamburg.
The project at Kohlberg included the installation of an MTX3 with Yamaha’s XMV4140 multichannel amplifier and DCP4V4S wall-mounted controller. The controller’s four buttons reportedly make it straightforward for church staff to control fixed microphones at the pulpit and altar, as well as wireless handheld and headset microphones. A number of presets allow the system to be instantly configured for different uses. In Oggenhausen’s Protestant church, Klartext installed another MTX3 and DCP4V4S, with wired and wireless microphones.
‘The systems offer great flexibility and sound quality for both speech and music,’ explains Klartext’s Markus Hein. ‘Houses of worship can be a challenging acoustic environment, but our customers have been really happy that the systems sound great, with different setup and routing options being easily selected.’
Over in Hamburg, Cobra sound light selected an MTX3 together with an MG166C mixer for St Pauli Church. ‘We wanted to supply a very user-friendly system,’ says Hendrik Thode of Cobra sound light. ‘Most of the time the church uses two wireless headsets, two handheld microphones and two wired gooseneck mics. We connected each mic to the MTX processor input, and each signal was then routed to an input on the MG166C. ‘This provides the church with a pre-programmed scene – with EQ and feedback suppressor, etc – for normal services and general use, but it can instantly be switched to a “flat” setting with no processing for external productions, with the MG166C’s channel processing used as required.’