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12Stone Church Turns to Royer

During the pandemic, streaming services is more important than ever, so 12Stone Church upped its miking game.

(left to right): Dennis Frazier and Russell Allen of 12Stone Church.
(left to right): Dennis Frazier and Russell Allen of 12Stone Church.

Northeast, GA (September 22, 2020)—12Stone Church may have eight locations across three counties in Georgia, but it also reaches more than 20,000 people through its digital ministry. With the pandemic making streamed services more popular (and necessary) than ever before, the church recently integrated some of its studio gear into its streaming setup, resulting in a number of Royer microphones being employed to ensure everything was captured properly.

The church has been using a variety of Royer microphones for over 10 years, originally for studio and live event production. Russell Allen, worship development pastor/music director and audio director Dennis Frazier oversee the various aspects of the church’s audio production. They’ve acquired R-121s, R-10s, R-122s, and an SF-24 Stereo Ribbon microphone over time.

Choir Connects with Royer Ribbons

According to Allen, “We’ve had these mics for a good 10 years or so, but we really zoned into the R-121s and R-10s on the guitar cabs as recently as four years ago. Services are very contemporary in nature. We have eight campuses with a full 8-10 person live band/vocal team. There are typically three to five front line vocalists and a five-person backline (drums, bass, keys, and two guitars). We typically program a three-song set list (same songs at each campus) per weekend.”

When the pandemic came along, Frazier noted, “We had so much success in the studio with the R-121s on our stereo guitar rigs that we decided to go completely stereo for our live broadcast using all R-121s as well. Think about it, with COVID moving every church 100% online – now every person’s listening experience was immediately put under the microscope of a more ‘studio’ and ‘unforgiving’ environment. You must manufacture space, and reverb, and delay, and EQ to fill frequency space that otherwise gets lost in the room depending on the size and treatment of the space. We were so pleased with the real and raw sounds from our guitar world with the R-121s that it really helped shape our mix philosophy for our online expression. We are a guitar-forward modern rock worship culture and the R-121s help us capture the uniqueness of our sources in the purest and truest way.”

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