First Baptist of Alpharetta, Georgia is a dynamic church that hosts two contemporary and two traditional worship services each Sunday and supports numerous special events using two Allen & Heath dLive Digital Mixing Systems designed to operate in the church or become portable for outside events. The church streams its contemporary services and records them for presentation on its website.
The Allen & Heath dLive duo is part of a complete audio upgrade designed and installed by Velocity Productions of Atlanta, Georgia. Brian Morrison, Director of AV Design & Integration at Velocity says, “First Baptist’s outside events often include their band so we installed both of their stage racks in road cases. This way, they can take the smaller C3500 Surface and CDM32 MixRack out and recreate the same experience and sound they have in their services.”
For normal worship, a dLive S Class S5000 Surface and DM64 MixRack serve FOH while the dLive C Class C3500 Surface and CDM32 MixRack mix the church’s streaming broadcast, its recorded audio and in-ear monitors for the band and vocalists. The two MixRacks are connected with Allen & Heath gigaACE cards and include AES cards to feed the church’s main system. Morrison says, “dLive is far superior to the church’s older digital mixer on everything from sound quality to work ﬂow.”
Morrison says the church’s tech crew picked up the dLive quickly. “Once you get the basics and learn how to put a mix together it’s all straight-forward. And, when we demo’d the dLive for the church, Mike Smith, the church's Technical Director, had a fantastic mix set up in about 15 minutes. You give somebody with talent the right kind of tool and they can make magic!”