Santa Ana, CA (February 23, 2005)–Calvary Church Santa Ana had an aging analog system that was increasingly unreliable, so when the time came to update it, Doug Gates, owner of Buena Park sound systems installation company Gates Sound, tackled the job, and installed a SymNet system along the way.
“This was the first major upgrade to the church’s sound system since it moved into the building it’s in, since the early 1990s,” Gates said. “In the process of putting this system in, we took out about 15 audio hardware units, like mixers, limiters and compressors. Now, all of those functions are handled by SymNet.”
Gates felt it was a good answer for the church because like many Houses of Worship, it increasingly incorporates live music into services and stages drama skits. In addition, the facility is used for other non-church purposes, such as school graduations, which demand extensive mic capabilities.
To gain digital control over all of the required inputs and outputs for a system that covers a large, 2,800-seat auditorium and adjacent areas, Gates utilized two SymNet 8×8 units and one Breakout12, configured in a network using SymLink, a digital audio and control data bus that runs over Cat 5 cable, distributing audio to a big left-center-right loudspeaker cluster and a host of delay speakers, as well as lobby speakers and an assistive listening system.
“SymNet also gives the church the ability to send audio to areas in different combinations,” he said. “For example, the lobby area, which is often used for meetings, can be set up as its own area, with audio directed just to lobby speakers. Also, the security issue is an important one. Since the system is now completely controllable via computer, there are a lot fewer analog equipment knobs for people to mess with. You now have password-protected controls in place that allow only selected people to get onto the computer and change settings.”