Cartersville, GA (April 13, 2005)–Cartersville Baptist Church moved into a new church building last year, installing a brand new, state-of-the-art sound system. However, in an effort to ‘waste not, want not,’ the mixing console and wireless microphones from its previous facility were incorporated into the new system and it didn’t take long for the church to realize those components should have been left behind.
After several months of muddling through with the old front-of-house system, it fell to the church’s new technical ministries director, hired in August, to hunt down a new solution. “My first job was to get the audio system completed, and my initial reaction was to go with what I knew,” said Serna, who has a background in music theatre production.
Working with Florida-based audio dealer David McKenna of Mega Pro Audio, Serna settled on an InnovaSON Compact Sy40 digital mixing console, which was installed around Christmastime. “The bigger InnovaSON Sy80 was a lot more console than we needed, and our input-output needs better fit the parameters of the Sy40, which is equipped with 40 physical inputs and 16 outputs,” Serna said. “With a veritable performing arts stage that’s changing on a regular basis, we needed a flexible console. The recall capability is nice because we’ll rehearse different elements of the Sunday service through the week, and do other things as well in the auditorium. So we have to be able to make a lot of changes in mix settings very quickly, but bring things all back together for Sunday.”
Along with the desk, the church also gained a selection of four handheld and eight bodypack units in the Sennheiser Evolution G2 100 Series. “We had a choice of three capsules and went with the higher end one,” he said. “That was one of the attractive things about the Sennheiser package: We could pair a high-end capsule with a mid-end transmitter that met our budget needs.”
So far, so good with the new gear, and Serna plans to add more to the church’s audio equipment inventory. Another InnovaSON console is slated for use in a broadcast booth, while more wireless mics are being eyed for a children’s theatre and a youth theatre.