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on December 13, 2016 12:28 pm EST
Growing Church Gives the Gift of Better Audio and Video
A Florida church overhauls its front-of-house audio console and its video projection system with an Allen & Heath dLive S7000/DM64 digital mixing system and a Digital Projection E-Vision 8500 laser projector.
Church at Viera, Melbourne, Fla.
Church at Viera, aka CAV, in Melbourne, Fla., currently offers four weekend services, as well as multiple video feed venues and an online live stream. In early 2017, CAV will add a fifth service. Worship Arts Pastor Trevor Hislop reports that CAV’s continued growth caused church leadership teams to consider the upgrade of weekend audio production systems since its former 48 I/O digital system was already pushed to the limits. Improving the in-ear monitoring equipment and increasing the quality of the live stream broadcast mix were also important concerns.
Production Director Eli Higginbotham made this report about the dLivei installation: "There was an immediate ‘Ahhh …’ when we heard it for the first time.” The CAV production staff received positive feedback from the congregation on day one, as well. In addition to the enhanced sonic performance of the dLive system, Higginbotham notes that the DM64 rack expanded the limitation of having 16 output busses to now having 32 (with further expansion possible), enables CAV to significantly grow in the future.
CAV's video wall
CAV expanded its IEM capability by adding nine A&H ME1 systems that are managed through an A&H ME-U hub. “Giving the band 40 input sources to mix was a huge win,” explains Doug Schaefer, technical director at CAV. “The ME1 systems are simple to use, and the ability to build an in-ear mix as deep as 40 inputs really helps the band members be more dynamic and expressive.”
CAV's tech group surrounds the dLive.
Following the dLive install, CAV also installed a Digital Projection E-Vision 8500 laser projector that is prominently displayed on a 22-foot by 19-foot video wall at the back of the stage in the church's primary worship venue. Higginbotham says, “We needed an ultra short throw solution that wasn’t going to cost $50K. After looking at many different projectors the DP 8500 was a no brainer ... for what we needed.”