Fresno, CA (February 24, 2004)–Northwest Baptist Church in Fresno, CA, comprises an 850-seat sanctuary that offers three services each Sunday, in addition to wedding and funeral services during the week. For two Sunday services each month, the four- to eight-person choir is joined on stage by a five-piece rhythm section. In recent times, the sizable musical contingent has been mixed for the congregation by two teenaged operators, working on a Yamaha PM1D digital production console installed at the Church.
As Carnot Pease, the Church’s head technician, explained, “I had approached Leo’s Pro Audio in Oakland, CA about a replacement console for the existing 32-channel analog Yamaha PM1800 mixer. Jerry Liles checked out what we needed and recommended the digital PM1D. I’ve known Jerry for 25 years and dealt with him on many occasions, so I trusted his opinion. The Church had been talking about an upgrade for two years and, once the budget was approved, we made the decision to install a leading-edge digital console.”
A demo PM1D console was placed in the church’s gymnasium for its Sunday Contemporary Services for college-age and 20-30-year olds. Soon, two high-school students, Henry Hinkle and Shaun Lamonski, were putting the desk through its paces using a series of 48-track rehearsal recordings from a hard disk system. “At first we ran the console in basic mode,” Hinkle said, “with no effects and compression; we didn’t want to make the job too complex too early. But the PM1D is very easy to understand, and pretty soon we were using all of the console’s functions.”
Following its trial period, the demo system was removed and in August 2003, Leo’s Pro Audio delivered the new 48-fader/96-channel PM1D digital console to Northwest Church’s Sanctuary. “We replaced the PM1800 with the PM1D–it took just a couple of hours, since the wiring was already in place–and started to use it to provide house sound and on-stage monitoring for our Sunday Services and other events,” Pease said.
The console’s control surface is located at the back of the Sanctuary, along with the interface electronics rack. The core engine with remote-controlled mic pre-amplifiers and I/O connections are located in a second-floor Technical Loft, and connects to the PM1D control surface via dual 68-pin SCSI cables and two BNC cables.
Following the permanent installation, Pease noted, “Henry and Shaun continued to extend their experience on the PM1D and can now handle a service totally by themselves.” Hinkle typically prepars the house mix, while Lamonski looks after the separate tape mix.
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