Elevation Church extends Revival with live recording
USA: Elevation Church – a multi-campus baptist church in Charlotte, North Carolina – recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Code Orange Revival worship event. The revival filled all 1600 seats of Elevation Church’s Ballantyne campus. While the Ballantyne facility has a state-of-the-art broadcast TV studio used to produce a live HD webcast of Revival for the Elevation's website, the church also wanted to release a live worship album of the event. That album, featuring 13 original songs, was made available for download with a CD expected to follow.
Since TNDV was instrumental in helping Elevation Church record its last worship album over a year ago, the church asked TNDV to provide its 53-foot Vibration mobile recording studio/control room for the recording. The 10-day project also leveraged TNDV’s on-site engineering services.
Elevation Church’s audio engineer, Garrett Davis, boarded Vibration and took the controls to mix and record the live audio. ‘Our live albums are a huge part of our ministry,’ shares Mr Davis. ‘Getting the songs that are birthed in our church out to minister to others is really important to us. We only get one shot to capture these events and I need to be able to rely on the team, gear and systems we have in place to work smoothly and not distract from what's happening in the room. It's all about teamwork.’
TNDV senior audio engineer Adam Ellis was on-site to supervise all technical support services from set up through tear down, 13 days later. ‘Our mission was to provide a technically capable environment where Garrett could focus on recording the album without tying up the TV studio’s audio resources that they needed to devote to the telecast,’ Mr Ellis explains.
The technical setup included 128 pre-amps on a full split, meaning that every input was loaded up with sources, including dozens of microphones of all types, positioned on stage, on talent and throughout the auditorium.
‘This was a one-shot deal, with fast-paced production and live mixing on the fly, so we had to get it right the first time,’ Mr Ellis says. ‘Every night’s show was a little different from the one before, except that we needed to capture the same clean, high-quality sound for each one. And while the music and sermons were the primary focus, Elevation Church considers the audience and ambient sounds to be a vital part of capturing the overall experience for listeners.’
TNDV’s Vibration truck’s gear includes a large Studer Vista 9 digital mixing system. With its 256 remote inputs and 128 local inputs, the Studer desk can create mixes for multiple feeds at once, including surround mixes. ‘The Studer sounds amazing and the truck is a lot of fun to mix in,’ Mr Davis opines. ‘Its routing options and console flexibility make working with fast changes and ever-changing input lists a breeze.’
Vibration can service multiple stages via single mode fibre and record up to 256 tracks onto ProTools HDX11 with back-up recording onto JoeCo BBR-MADI recorders.
‘Each time we do a project with the TNDV team, they come excited, prepped and ready to go,’ Mr Davis concludes. ‘They always have my back and I will continue to use them as a great resource to help us get the job done right.’