The Odessa Christian Faith Center’s new $20 million, 2,000-capacity sanctuary features a sound system centered around an EAW PA, with a DiGiCo SD10 console at front of house backed by a pair of SD-Racks and connected to the DiGiCo 4REA4 processing and distribution engine.
“This combination of systems and platforms makes it a strong solution for Odessa Christian Faith Center’s new church building, to support Sunday worship and large presentations, while addressing budget and operational concerns,” says Ryan Knox, senior consultant at Dallas-based Idibri, which spec’ed the system.
The PA system’s LCR array setup is fully discrete, fed from the SD10’s LCR Master bus. “Along with the subs, this configuration for the sound system puts a lot of emphasis on individual buses to manage the signals,” Knox explains. Vocalists in the church’s gospel-praise band and large choir are individually miked, which calls for as many as 65 channels for a normal Sunday service, and up to 100-plus inputs for special events. The SD10 and 4REA4 engine manage the large number of in-ear monitors being sent through the church’s Digital Audio Labs Livemix personal monitoring system, through the 4REA4’s Dante output card. “In this application, the 4REA4 is being used as a Dante bridge, between the console and the IEM system,” says Knox.
The church is very happy with the system’s performance. “The 4REA4 eliminates the need for a second console, which saved us a considerable amount of money during a very expensive new capital project,” says Music Minister and Fine Arts Ministry Director Lowell Hohstadt. “But I’m especially happy with the way the system sounds. It’s very musical.”