Midas XL8 consoles are used at both the FOH and monitor positions in the worship facility.Seattle (February 27, 2008)–Christian Faith Center in Seattle recently updated its audio system with two Midas XL8 digital mixing systems. While the church has two main campuses, the XL8s were installed in its newer facility, completed in September 2007.
AV specialists Michael Garrison Associates installed the XL8s at both FOH and monitor mix positions in the 5,000-seat sanctuary, a 550-sq. ft. octagonal space with stadium seating. Kris Hillstrom, technical director at Christian Faith Center, noted, “We knew that we wanted to make a substantial investment in our new sound system. Seattle is a very music-savvy part of the world, and we and felt that, as one of the largest houses of worship in the Northwest, we had high standards to uphold. We want to provide an inspiring, high fidelity experience for the congregation, and Midas, with its industry standard reputation, was the way to achieve that. We’ve been preparing our congregation for this building for seven years, and expectations were very high; the XL8 has surpassed them all.
Christian Faith Center had previously used analog boards, but its volunteers and in-house AV staff are said to have adapted to the new desks quickly. “Obviously we were a little concerned at first,” said Hillstrom, “diving into the deep end of digital, but the XL8 is not like other digital desks-it retains that familiar analog feel, layout, and all-important audio quality. Jorgen Brotnov, our Head Engineer, loves mixing on it. Technically it’s a supercomputer, but physically it feels like your favorite analog Midas. We only have two in-ear mixes; the rest is all wedges, for a nice live, rocking sound-real room mixing. The room has plenty of acoustic treatment, and the mid-sized line arrays (in a stereo plus mono configuration) provide great coverage throughout. The XL8 is at the heart of a system that delivers superb sonic warmth and transparency; it’s a pleasure to mix on it, and even more of a pleasure to hear it.”