Services at Gwinnett Church feature concert-quality production values.
DiGiCo reports that Gwinnett Church, a campus of the North Point Ministries group comprised of six churches in the Atlanta area, opened a new 1,300-seat auditorium in January 2015 as the main sanctuary for the three services that 3,000 congregants attend each Sunday. Steel girders and other structural materials are already in place for a planned expansion in years to come that will accommodate upwards of 3,000 people per service.
Gwinnett Church selected two DiGiCo SD10 digital audio consoles to be used for front-of-house and monitor mixes. The new DiGiCo SD10 consoles—part of a new sound system that also includes Martin MLA loudspeakers and d&b audiotechnik J-Sub cardioid subwoofers—were sold and installed by dealer/integrator Clark ProMedia in Alpharetta, Ga.
Gwinnett Church Technical Director Adrian Varner explains that the need was for a platform that could accommodate a large number of inputs—the church’s eight-piece worship band alone requires upwards of 60 inputs—and offer the flexibility needed for ancillary functions such as multichannel recording of services.
“We needed a high channel count for the band and because we have other mixes going to other parts of the building, such as overflow rooms, and to do mix-minus mixes when they’re needed,” says Varner. “We required a console that was more powerful to move beyond just mixing a left-right P.A. system.”
Gwinnett Technical Director Adrian Varner at the house DiGiCo SD10.
Varner says that a smooth workflow is critical: “We had become very used to using plug-in processing on our previous consoles, and we wanted to maintain that kind of workflow and not have external plug-in processing as it would have been with some other console choices. The fact that the DiGiCo consoles have Waves plug-ins fully integrated into their workflow is a huge plus. It makes using plug-ins easy and quick.”
In addition, both consoles share the same two DiGiCo SD-Racks, located near the SD10 used for monitors, on a shared fiber loop, with direct home runs between the racks and the consoles. The SD-Racks will also support these and any additional DiGiCo consoles once the new auditorium is finished.
“Because we know growth is coming down the road, we can’t make purchasing decisions just for today,” says Varner. “DiGiCo gave us the best options for now and also the bandwidth to go into the future. We feel comfortable that the SD10s will still have plenty of life left in them years from now.”