United Kingdom (January 25, 2007)–The modern-day megachurch trend may have started in the U.S., but by no means is it limited to our shores. This past fall saw the opening of Peterborough Community Church in England-an 80,000 square foot, purpose-built facility. This is a multi-purpose venue that can host events for the local community and businesses and as such, required a flexible audio system. Local contractor B&H Sound Services installed both a DiGiCo D5 Live at front of house and a D1 live at the monitor position, and a Meyer Sound M2D line array.
Peterborough Community Church, whose audio system features DiGiCo consoles and a Meyer M2D line array”We had one specific reason for going down the digital console route,” said the church’s Pete Charlton. “Our Sunday services are our main and most important element, but we also knew the venue needed to be multi-purpose and multi-use. The digital route gives us the obvious advantage that we can rehearse with our worship bands at a convenient time during the week, save all those settings, do all sorts of events in between, come in on Sunday morning, recall the settings and away we go.
“Additionally, in a venue of this size the console needed to have a good number of inputs. With the DiGiCos we can always lift that up, but we do a lot of in-ear monitoring, so we needed a lot of outputs as well and it was the benefit that we could run up to 28 individual monitor mixes from the D1 that was another big seller for us.”
While the various components of the system were chosen to provide flexibility, the bottom line remained that it all had to support the church’s mission to connect with its community. Charlton explained, “We have to make it easy for people to understand the message, simple for them to join in and to feel part of it. Great sound and great vision are all part of that.”