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Virginia Church Grows with Allen & Heath dLive

Church upgrades from previous analog mixer to no longer need to switch things around or physically patch things on the fly, because of issues with limited inputs.

Home to a diverse music program and a variety of special services, Calvary Baptist Church, located in Woodbridge, Virginia, recently added an Allen & Heath dLive C Class Digital Mixing System with C2500 Surface, CDM48 MixRack and two DX168 Expanders.

Ian Trumbore, a deacon at the church, is also the lead audio engineer, explained the church's decision to upgrade. “We had an Allen & Heath GL2800 analog mixing console.” he said, of a piece that dates back more than a decade. “But we were maxing out the inputs and we couldn’t record things like the kids’ theater like we wanted. I was constantly switching stuff around and physically patching things on the fly. So, we made the decision to go to a digital console that could meet our needs.”

John Pierce of Audio/Video Group in Frederick, Maryland, had mixed for the church at a local Christian radio station event. He did a site survey, analyzed the church’s needs and installed a dLive at Calvary Baptist. “I recommended the dLive because of its sound quality and workflow and I knew it would simplify the transition from their existing analog console.”

After outgrowing its original 1950’s era building, Calvary Baptist’s worship services now take place in its multi-purpose Family Life Center which includes a formal stage with the CDM48 MixRack and one of the DX168 Expanders. “We have 40 to 50 sources on stage depending on the service, so this works out well,” said Trumbore.

The second DX168, at the FOH position, accepts wireless mics, recorded tracks and other sources and the system is connected via CAT6 cabling using Allen & Heath gigaACE networking. A Waves card in the C2500 Surface enables multitrack recording on a Mac laptop. Trumbore, who mixes most services, uses dLive layers to manage sources and makes extensive use of dLive show files to restore system configuration and mix settings after special events.

Among the ways the upgrade has helped, Trumbore described how a pianist who needed her own stage monitor in a hurry. “I could now do that quickly since I didn’t have to patch a bunch of cables and move things around,” he said. “The dLive has surpassed my expectations,” Trumbore continued. “And, after we installed it, the musicians asked, ‘Man, did you do something else when you changed this? Because everything is so much clearer!’”

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