El Shaddai Church calls Yamaha to worship
PHILIPPINES: Located at Barangay San Dionisio in Parañaque City, the massive El Shaddai Church has installed a sound system provided by Yupangco Electronics Corporation (YEC), the Philippines’ exclusive distributor of Yamaha Commercial and Professional Audio Equipment.
The church was built by its founder, Brother Mike Velarde and inaugurated in late 2009, is claiming to be the largest place of worship and prayers in Asia, with a seating capacity of 16,000 people and standing capacity of 25,000. The building was inaugurated by Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Brother Velarde’s 70th birthday.
Holding masses and praise meeting for crowds of 16,000 to 25,000, sound quality is a vital. Consideration. Because of the complex design of the church, YEC installed two Yamaha DME24N programmable digital matrix mixers to provide a flexible combination of eight analogue inputs and outputs, plus 16 I/O channels in El Shaddai’s assembly halls and adoration chapels. Front-of-house and monitor mixing are taken cared of by a Yamaha M7CL-48 digital console.
Surrounding the Noah’s Ark-inspired structure are Yamaha MSR250 powered monitor speakers in the central stage area, while the main left/right and centre cluster system of the adoration chapel comprises I Series IF2115/99 and Yamaha IF2112/99 Installation Series speakers.
The church took almost two years to build, and has four entrances leading to the altar forming a cross. The stage has rainbow lights to the sides appears to create the impression of a huge boat surrounded by water flowing from a portion of the granite wall. Below the stage is a flight of stairs going down to the oval-shaped baptism healing pool. El Shaddai has members now totaling 7m, according to Brother Velarde.