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Calvary Spokane Sound System Upgrades to HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 Console

SPOKANE, Washington – In an effort to remake the sound system at Calvary Spokane into something that could be easily managed by volunteers while maintaining outstanding quality, Darrell Smith of Kungpow Production replaced a massive analog console with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 digital console and Compact Stagebox. The Vi1 provides an intuitive mix surface, powerful routing and the ability to easily reconfigure custom fader banks for the operators and their associated worship team.

The campus of Calvary Spokane is located in northern Spokane, Washington. In a repurposed mall, the 2,500-seat sanctuary is flanked by a massive family center with a full kitchen and coffee bar, as well as youth and children’s ministry rooms fully equipped to engage today’s families. Calvary’s aging 56-channel analog console presented a formidable challenge for training volunteers. For many years the church resorted to hiring professional engineers to operate the console on Sunday mornings.

Recently, a new generation of tech-savvy musicians have entered Calvary Spokane’s ministry internship program and are eager to engage the media ministry at Calvary. Kungpow Production was called in to design a system that would empower the musicians, who were taking turns leading the worship service, to mix for each other.

Kungpow Production integrated a Digigram Ethersound card into the Soundcraft Compact Stagebox networked to the central processing hub via an Avitran AVY-ES100. From there, Digigram ES network nodes provide multichannel audio feeds to and from the video production room and nearby family center. The Avitran AVY-ES100 also connects to a PC running ProTools at FOH via an ASIO over Ethernet connection as an affordable way to track and play back rehearsals and services via the Vi1’s second input on every input channel.

“After carefully considering a number of approaches, we decided on the Soundcraft Vi1 for two main reasons: number one, it sounds phenomenal and two, it’s so easy to train volunteers on this desk,” Smith said. “We had them up and running after a couple hours of training. That’s pretty remarkable considering how new they were to mixing sound.”

Equipment was supplied by Bill Sage of Delicate Sales of Camarillo, California.

For more information about Kungpow Production, please visit: www.kungpowpro.com

For more information on Calvary Spokane, please visit www.calvaryspokane.com

For more information on Delicate Sales, please visit www.delicatesales.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

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