As the size and complexity of audio installations grows, systems need to accomplish several goals in the simplest, most streamlined manner. Eagle Brook Church's Spring Lake Park campus needed a digital snake to connect the stage to front of house, a monitor mixing system and a way to network audio between front of house and its video room. It found its solution in Aviom's Pro16 and Pro64 Series products.
For the church’s third campus, Jason Kartak, installation manager for Audio Logic Systems, built a system based on a Pro16 digital snake and monitor mixing system. Because a feed to the video production room was also needed at this campus, two Pro64 6416Y2 A-Net interface cards were installed in the church's Yamaha consoles to network audio between front of house and the video room. The cards are used to send 16 channels in each direction between the Yamaha M7CL front-of-house console and the Yamaha 01V96 console in the video room.
The Pro16 digital snake included in the design includes four AN-16/i-M mic input modules on stage, each connected to an AN-16/o output module at front of house. These output modules connect to Aviom PB28 patch bay modules to allow flexible routing of the signals from the stage into the Yamaha front-of-house console for mixing. Using two Aviom16/o-Y1 A-Net interface cards, the engineer sends 16 channels of monitoring content to performers and an additional 16 outputs to the stage.
"As we changed the style of music, one of our concerns was the stage volume that poured out into the front of the room. Having clean and clear audio is all part of the experience here," said Bill Berger, director of technical arts for Eagle Brook Church. "The Aviom system right out of the box was a great fit for us. It has really made a big difference and has given us greater control over the audio throughout the worship center."
Aviom also proved to be a cost-effective solution for connectivity throughout the church facility. "One of the critical benefits to Eagle Brook is cost efficiency," said Kartak. "A large sound system is a must for large churches, and this can become a budgetary issue for them. With the Aviom system, we were able to eliminate a major cost by doing away with the wedges and all the analog wiring that goes along with them. Now the church has their own personal mixers, so everyone is able to control their own mix and they saved roughly half the money they would have spent on a traditional system."
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