A recent audio upgrade at Church Unlimited, the Corpus Christi, Texas campus of the non-denominational, evangelical, multi-site church, has seen MessengerAVL install a Klang:konductor immersive IEM mixing system alongside a new DiGiCo Quantum338 FOH mixing console.

The upgrade project at the church, which seats more than 1,500 worshipers, includes a Quantum225 desk as its new broadcast console. ‘It’s their largest campus and their flagship campus, and now it’s their most advanced campus when it comes to audio,’ says says Parker Gann, System Engineer at MessengerAVL,

Mike Pena mixing a service on the church%u2019s DiGiCo Quantum338 consoleGann says decision to add Klang to the package for monitors was an easy one, based on its capabilities. The mixing system delivers 16 immersive mixes and processes 128 input signals at up to 96kHz with an internal processing latency of less than 0.25ms.

‘I had not actually planned on using the DiGiCo integration with the Klang system when I designed this project – the Klang:konductor was originally meant to be standalone. But when I started playing with the integration between it and the Quantum338, I realised that it was a great way to keep things like the channel and aux names synced up, and we could use aux mix presets on the console to recall musician settings,’ Gann explains. ‘If the drummer moved to be the guitar player the next week, we could recall his mix on that pack immediately, and I really appreciated that kind of workflow. I’ve always loved doing monitors on DiGiCo because of things like mix presets, so combining that with what the Klang:konductor could do with the immersive IEM mixes was just super-cool.’

The decision to use the Klang system also relieved the need a new monitor console, brining a substantial cost- saving. ‘I tried hard to convince them that it’s life-changing, and they just didn’t believe me until they heard it,’ Gann says. ‘They put headphones on and I made them a binaural mix, then A/B compared them. ‘I said, here’s the mix without Klang, and then I hit the button to go to surround and everybody’s jaws hit the floor! They could not believe how good it sounded.’

Based on the success of that demonstration, MessengerAVL added eight additional transmitters to the package, allowing every musician and vocalist onstage immersive monitoring. Also part of the package is a DiGiCo MQ-Rack, a 48-input, 24-output rack with BNC Madi connectivity. Used as the primary stage box and a link to the church’s Quantum225 broadcast console, it connects the Klang:konductor and the DiGiCo consoles via Madi and Dante.

‘We are using five DMI-Dante64@96 cards across the system,’ Gann says. ‘The Klang has a Dante card and a Madi card; the Quantum338 has two Dante DMIs in it and Madi built into the console natively; and the Quantum225 also has two Dante cards. We basically use one Dante card for their video I/O and some Focusrite RedNet equipment, and we use the other as a virtual soundcheck card. There’s a lot of flexibility and capability built into this system. Now, they’ve got extra channels and processing to spare, and the flexibility of the DiGiCo consoles allows them to do basically anything they need to do. They love the sound quality, they love the flexibility, and they’re very happy with it.’

‘Coming from a dedicated monitor mixing console, the addition of the Klang:konductor has been amazing,’ says Walter Wilson, Church Unlimited’s Lead Production Director. ‘The first thing we all noticed was the clarity of the Klang, and then the seamless integration with the DiGiCo console. It creates an entire ecosystem that’s totally flexible and intuitive to use, which is very important when you have volunteers running the systems. It’s a massive upgrade in capability and a huge win for all of us.’

The shift to DiGiCo has been its own new chapter in the church’s sound narrative: ‘We’re coming from having used multiple consoles in the past, and what we find with the Quantum consoles is that, no matter what you want to do, there seems like there are always multiple ways to get there,’ Wilson notes. In the church world, you get a lot of questions about ‘how can we do this or that,’ or ‘are we equipped for this or that,’ and the consoles’ ability to match its flexibility with our worship experience, with features like plugin integration and the tactile feedback the worksurfaces give you, is just amazing. It really feels like the console comes to life. The whole ecosystem of Klang and DiGiCo is just perfect for us.’

See also: 
Texas church Unlimited with Point Source Audio mics

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