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Florida Church Opts for Sanctuary Sound Overhaul

New equipment allows easy setting changes between services

Grace Church in Longwood, Fla., recently updated its sanctuary sound system. “It was everything that we wanted in the end; it was perfect. We did everything step-by-step, starting with the acoustic panels,” states Abigail Dolbear, worship pastor for the church. An Allen & Heath iLive T-112 is installed at the FOH mix position with a Dante card, MixPad app and iDR-48 stage box. “We have our service and then we have the youth service, also in [the sanctuary].

"The youth like to have a different sound and, with the new board, we have the ability to save scenes. It’s really nice to have that flexibility,” Dolbear adds.

Grace Church reports that it can now effectively capture its services and make CDs. In addition, staff can multi-track record instead of simply recording in stereo.

The Allen & Heath MixPad app has proven to be useful, as well. "Not only do we now have the freedom to move around the room with just our iPads, but it’s now possible for our sound engineers to adjust the monitor mix from the performer’s perspective on stage," Dolbear reports.

Grace Church's leader is also positive about the church's equipment updates. As Head Pastor Clark Witten states, "We are extremely happy with the Allen & Heath iLive system, the process and the results.”

American Music and Sound of Woodland Hills, Calif., an independent distributor of pro audio, worked with Grace Church on the audio renovation.

URLs: www.americanmusicandsound.com; www.graceorlando.com

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