Klang makes Waves at Sun Valley
USA: In little more than quarter of a century, Sun Valley Community Church (SVCC) has grown from a congregation comprising only the two families that founded the church to a community of more than 8,000 regular attendees that span five campuses. One advantage of operating across multiple locations is that it provides a house of worship with the ability to experiment more freely with its services and the technology it uses. That very opportunity was recently seized by SVCC as it trialled a surround sound PA system developed by A/V systems integrator, Wave, at two of its sites.
The 1,300-capacity Gilbert broadcast campus and 700-seat Queen Creek location are both equipped with Wave’s Venue Flex system, which uses custom DSP algorithms developed by the Wave team allowing the FOH engineer to direct delayed and processed signals to the surround speakers. This reportedly results in a more natural sounding space that is also optimised for livelier and louder worship sessions.
The Venue Flex setup has been paired with a 3D IEM audio-mixing system from Klang:technologies. Klang:fabrik provides the church’s live band with a surround sound solution of its own.
‘The way our Venue Flex system works fits extremely well with how Klang works,’ explains Armando Fullwood, executive director at Wave. ‘Both systems are intended to make the environment in which music is performed and heard as natural as possible, as though there wasn’t a sound system between the performers and the audience. When Klang came out, we immediately saw how it would fit in with the Venue Flex methodology.’
‘I’m a musician who is also a sound guy, so I know the value of a natural-sounding monitor system,’ says Mike Ward, the audio director at Sun Valley Community Church. ‘I saw that the Klang system would give our musicians a greater level of control over their own monitor mixes while eliminating the need for a separate monitor console and a dedicated monitor engineer. At the same time, it lightens my workload at the FOH position because I don’t have to worry about mixing monitors from the FOH console. I can just send 24 channels of audio down a single cable, over a Dante network, and the musicians on stage have up to eight stereo mixes each of them can personalise using their own smartphones or tablets.
‘And I’m running the Klang:fabrik 3D app on a computer, so I can interact with any of them at any time if they need help with the system,’ Mr Ward adds. ‘It’s been hugely effective for us.’
The Klang:fabrik solutions have been integrated with a DiGiCo SD8 console at the Gilbert campus and an S21 at Queen Creek. ‘We’re planning on switching all of our consoles to DiGiCo, because they sound great and that gives us consistent platforms to work with at every location,’ furthers Mr Ward. ‘And the DiGiCo consoles are a good fit with the Klang:fabrik 3D systems, which we’ll also eventually have at all of the locations thanks to the Dante compatibility they both have.’
‘3D sound is excellent for music anywhere, especially in houses of worship,’ declares Mr Fullwood. ‘And the Klang:fabrik 3D audio-mixing system allows the band on stage to be part of that.’
In conclusion, Mr Ward states that ‘it’s an amazing IEM system and it takes monitoring to the next level’.