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Shelter Cove Church Improves Worship Experience with Aviom

With Pro16® Personal Mixers, Music and Scripture Complement One Another

MODESTO, CALIFORNIA, NOVEMBER 6, 2008 — The new 700 seat home of Shelter Cove Church in Modesto, CA provides its parishioners with services that have an intimate and personal feel. But when the house audio started to compete with the monitor audio, Shelter Cove turned to Aviom’s Pro16® Series of monitor mixing systems to bring balance to the church. aviom-shelter-cove-church-a-16ii-mixers-on-portable-cart.JPG

In the new space, the congregants are situated around the stage area. A key challenge for West Coast Sound and Light, who handled the audio, video and lighting for the sanctuary, was to ensure that the stage audio was loud enough for those in the audience to hear without drowning out the people singing or speaking on the stage during worship services. Compounding the issue was the short distance between the stage and the audience, making it difficult to keep the stage sound from overwhelming the audience, especially if those performing used speaker monitors.

“In a space like Shelter Cove’s, on-stage monitors can be troublesome because when several or all the musicians on stage adjust their instruments’ audio levels at the same time, the noise coming from the stage can get loud and drown out the house sound. This forces the sound engineer to run the house sound even louder in an effort to mask the stage sound,” says Andy Cross, general manager and director of engineering at West Coast Sound and Light. “It becomes this constant back-and-forth battle between the house and stage sound.”

To help manage individual monitor levels, the new sanctuary was outfitted with 10 Aviom A-16II Personal Mixers, which offer fully variable stereo control, giving each performer and musician direct control over his or her monitor mix. An Aviom16/o-Y1 A-Net® Card for Yamaha® provides a digital interface between the Yamaha PM5D console at front of house and the Aviom system.

Isaac Gibbs, the technical team leader for Shelter Cove, is pleased at how easily he was able to adapt the Aviom system to his facility’s unique needs, especially with the use of the Aviom A-16D Pro. “Using any of the church’s stage floor pockets, which each has a minimum of two Aviom connections, anyone who needs to use one of the A-16IIs can get signal and power from one cable.” The A-16D Pro, which distributes the 16-channel digital A-Net signal and power to each of these Cat-5 connections, eliminates the need for additional cords on the stage to power each of the A-16II Personal Mixers.

In order to cut down on stage clutter, Gibbs mounted the A-16IIs for the singers on a platform he built that can be wheeled backstage during services. During the rehearsal period, the singers can select the audio settings they need on each mixer. Then the platform is rolled backstage when the actual performance begins. On stage, they monitor the audio levels using wireless PSM 700 in-ear personal monitor systems from Shure®, further cutting down on stage clutter.

The Aviom system’s greatest benefit, however, may be what it provides to Shelter Cove’s congregants: a worship environment where music and scripture complement one another and heighten the spiritual message, without the distraction of clashing house and stage sounds. “I think the people sitting out in the congregation feel closer to those on the stage because we’re not sonically separated,” says Joel Dorman, the church’s pastor of worship and creative arts. “We’re better equipped to convey the sense of love and compassion that is central to our mission. The beauty of this technology is that audience members don’t see it at all. They can revel completely in the worship experience alone.”

Aviom pioneered personal mixing with its Pro16® Monitor Mixing System and continues to break new ground with the revolutionary Pro64® Series of audio networking products. With tens of thousands of products in the field today, Aviom has set the standard for high performance, scalable digital solutions. All Aviom systems harness the power of A-Net®, Aviom’s innovative digital audio technology that simplifies system design while enhancing flexibility and fidelity. All Aviom products are designed, tested, and manufactured in the USA.

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