Ft. Worth, TX (June 26, 2007)–Bill Johnson may have toured with some of the best-known names in rock and rap, but these days, he’s the full-time technical director and chief audio engineer for Kenneth Copeland Ministries (KCM) in Ft. Worth, TX, and also owns and runs Johnson Audio Works. His most recent audio acquisition for KCM is at its Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, TX, where he specified one of the first DiGiCo CS-D5s in the world.
Bill Johnson on the DiGiCo D5 during an on-the-road service in Branson, MO. Eagle Mountain alone comprises an 1800 seat Main Sanctuary, 500 seat Chapel, used primarily for children’s services, and 500 seat Hangar, used for youth services. The church’s console is configured for 56 inputs and 40 outputs, which meets the present needs for the stage foldback system and gives room to grow for the near future. It is also used in smaller event situations, where Johnson operates the CS-D5 at the FOH position and still provides foldback support as well.
The church’s touring system comprises Meyer MSL-3s, UPA-1s, and R650 subwoofers with a Yamaha PM4000 at FOH. The foldback system is Meyer MJF, EV1502, custom IEMs and the DiGiCo CS-D5. The Main Sanctuary system is Meyer CQ-1s, UPA-1s, and 650 subwoofers, with a Midas Verona console. Foldback is via an Aviom IEM system with an Allen & Heath GL4000 console. The Chapel system is Meyer UPA-1s and 650 subwoofer, with a Midas Verona console. Finally, the Hangar system is Meyer CQ-1s, UPA1s, and 650 subwoofer, again with a Midas Verona console.
“As you can see, we try to standardize what we use for the road and around the campus,” says Bill. “It’s a large task, attempting to find a particular brand/product to meet the needs of all the facilities. This is why I’m confident that there will be DiGiCo additions to the rest of the ministry soon.”
KCM also has a music production studio (both digital and analogue) and a television production studio on campus. The music studio is a hybrid of classic and contemporary equipment to meet the diverse needs of the church, complete with session players. The television studio houses the soundstage, video and audio post-production suites, designed by Russ Berger Group.
Bill is using the facility for an upcoming audio seminar, where he’ll be using the CS-D5 to demonstrate concert mixing techniques, part of Johnson Audio Works’ service. “I like using the D5 for this purpose because of the extended VGA ports,” he explains. “This allows me to teach a very large group using image projection. I still remember the old days of trying to get a dozen or so people gathered around me, looking over my shoulder while I mixed, or using an overhead camera. It’s so much easier using the D5.”