Rockwall, TX (April 26, 2005)–Dallas recently hosted the second annual International Drummers For Jesus Celebration, held at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, TX. The drumming festival included performances by artists Alex Acuña (Weather Report, U2), Richie Garcia (Diana Ross, Sting), Teddy Campbell (Christina Aguilera, Meredith Brooks), Russ Miller (Ray Charles, Toni Braxton), John Blackwell Jr. (Prince), Sean McCurley (LeAnn Rymes, George Duke) and many more. Up on stage with them were two Aviom monitoring systems.
The systems were used for both the artists and band, with content generated from the church’s 56-input Soundcraft Series 5 Monitor console with a Mackie SR-24 monitor sidecar. The system used two Aviom AN-16/i input modules, a total of 16 A-16IIs and an A-16R rack-mounted personal mixer while a trio of A-16D Pro A-Net distributors were used for digital signal routing. Other gear provided for the festival included a Yamaha PM4000 with a Yamaha GA32 sidecar and Shure mics and personal monitors.
“The room, which seats over 5,000 when full, has a significant rear-wall slap, delayed approximately 250ms to 500ms,” said Bob Singleton, president of Singleton Productions and audio supervisor and location audio recording engineer for the event. “The rear wall forms a parabola, focused on the stage area. Because of the volume of this slap, it requires personal monitors or loud wedges to overcome the echo. Percussive sounds are particularly problematic, and personal monitors have proven to be the best solution to the rear wall slap problem. By using the Aviom gear with them, each performer is able to create and listen to their own personal mix.”
“An event like this really requires the use of the Aviom monitor system,” said Sean McCurley. “With multiple drum kits on top of a full rhythm section and choir, the need for a personal mix is vital. I found the Aviom system to be a great comfort in this scenario. We had a fantastic audio team that set up our mixes when we took our place to perform. This scenario is totally remedied with a little education on the product.”
Drummers for Jesus is a world wide network of drummers and percussionists who use their drumming to spread the message of their faith. The organization was formed in Dallas, Texas in 2002 by Carlos Benson, a professional drummer and educator. “The Drummers for Jesus Celebration is a monumental production,” said Benson. “There is no time for delays with sound equipment and the Aviom gear was there ensuring that there would be no delays. Everything worked great.”