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on February 9, 2016 11:01 am EST
Indiana Church Upgrades Tech Infrastructure, Opts for Compact Digital Audio Console
Church and vendor partner to deliver compact audio control for live music and spoken word -- as well as volunteer ease of operation.
Northside Christian Church Administrator Ted Roberts helped specify the SSL L300 live console for his venue. Image courtesy of Solid State Logic.
As part of an ongoing project to upgrade its technical infrastructure, Northside Christian Church in New Albany, Ind., recently purchased an SSL L300 live console. Founded in a small basement in 1970, Northside has gone from strength to strength, now serving more than 5,000 people each weekend.
The church's administrator, Ted Roberts, provides oversight of technical infrastructure, drawing on his own extensive, high-end live sound and touring experience. Recently, Roberts helped specify the new console: "It's very different when you work with only one or two key department heads and then everybody else is a volunteer," he says. "They have to be set up for success. If you don’t provide the right tools for the job, the volunteers can't enjoy it because they sense imminent failure all the time."
When Roberts came to Northside five years ago the church already had a digital console that was being underused, he reports, mostly because of the user interface: "They had barely scratched the surface of the console," he explains. "There wasn't anyone who used the console effectively because it got dicey so quickly. Everybody quit touching it -- only using it at the surface level."
It was obvious that change was required. "The console had aged," notes Roberts. "It was time for us to find the next generation."Solution & support
From the start of the decision-making process it was important that the church, and the volunteers, were on-board with the plan: "For a church, it's a big step. When you look at a high-end console you have to look at it as an investment -- it impacts everything that we do in our primary mission, every week. It has to be reliable, it has to be modular enough to grow into the future with us, and it has to produce the end results that we're looking for," Roberts reports.
"We're growing what we can do because of all the functionality [the console] provides us."
—Ted Roberts, Administrator, Northside Christian Church, New Albany, IN
Support, too, was an important aspect of the console choice: "There are certain products that we would eliminate immediately," notes Roberts. "Because there's no way to feel like we have the level of support that we want -- both at the local and at the manufacturer level. We have a fantastic relationship with our local vendor, Acoustical Audio Designs (Jeffersonville, Ind.), and we wanted to ensure that whatever desk we were going to settle on had to be something that they could support, and also guarantee that the manufacturer was going to be solid and supportive."