Olympia, WA (April 2, 2020)—Olympia, Washington’s Church of Living Water recently undertook an effort to upgrade its audio for its congregation, working with CCI Solutions, a Tumwater, Washington-based AV integration firm. As part of the overall redesign and installation, CCI installed a pair of Allen & Heath dLive C3500 digital mixing systems into the facility.
“The church wanted something today that would serve them well into tomorrow,” said Mark Pearson of CCI Solutions. “They embraced the idea that technology would always be changing, and wanted consoles that wouldn’t leave them with any limitations as their needs evolved.”
Led by pastors Jon and Fawn Cobler, services at Living Water reach out to more than 2,000 members each week. A full band including drums, bass, guitar, and keyboards is used regularly, and along with all of the other audio elements of the Foursquare church’s contemporary style of worship, an average of 30 input channels arrive at front of house from the stage. With the first of the two dLive C3500 control surfaces serving the congregation out front, the second was installed in the church’s broadcast control room to manage weekly live streaming of events. Signals are split digitally to serve the unique mix needs of each application.
“The audio team at Living Water had an easy time transitioning to the dLive control surfaces,” said Pearson. “Each of the C3500s’ twin 12-inch capacitive touchscreens provide a level of intuitive control for anyone used to swiping away at a smart phone screen—which, let’s face it, is virtually everyone. For our operators who still prefer the feel and immediacy of rotary controls, there’s a set of those as well, and they all work in harmony with what’s seen on the displays.”
“That gives every member of our team endless opportunities to create a tapestry of sweet sounds,” Pearson adds. “These desks will be around much longer than the ones they replaced. We’ve definitely taken a big step out of the past.”
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