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Wave Church Rolls with Audio Upgrade

Wave Church’s Great Neck Campus added new consoles while keeping volunteer audio staffers in mind.

Virginia Beach, VA (February 19, 2019)—Wave Church’s Great Neck Campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia recently completed a major audio upgrade engineered and implemented by Virginia Beach-based S&S Productions.

The HOW now sports a pair of Allen & Heath dLive S7000 mixing systems at front of house and onstage for monitors, plus an S5000 standing-in for broadcast needs. Future-proofing the system was a key consideration, as was the need to provide the volunteer staff with gear that was intuitive.

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“Even if you’ve never seen them before, Allen & Heath dLive control surfaces have an air of familiarity,” S&S Productions’ Cory Sprenkle said. “A world of control opens up on the touchscreens that’s as simple as the smartphones we use every day. Our volunteer operators were up-and-running in no time with little instruction.”

Scenes are widely used at the Great Neck campus by all system operators, including Sprenkle, a member of the church himself. “Every operator has a different way of doing things,” he said, “and with the dLive systems, we can customize our template of controls, save it, and even import it within other shows so we can always mix in the fashion we’re used to.”

The various engineers monitor and control the church’s Shure wireless microphone systems directly from the dLive interfaces or via a laptop computer using Allen & Heath dLive Director software. Networking capabilities were expanded with the use of Waves, Dante, and AES I/O cards, the latter of which were used to carry digital input to the system amplifiers. As a safeguarding measure, each of the new dLive mixing systems is equipped with dual redundant, hot-swappable power supplies.

Further complementing the upgrade was an Allen & Heath DM64 stage box and several DX32 and DX168 expanders. “We can use 128 inputs simultaneously,” Sprenkle noted, “with far more than that available throughout the building.”

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