Las Vegas, NV (April 19, 2007)--Euphonix announced that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mixed its first complete multitrack broadcast in 5.1 surround sound during the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Easter Weekend celebrations. After two years of massive renovations, the world-famous Tabernacle opened its doors to worshipers around the globe marking the first use of the church's latest Euphonix addition, the 32-fader System 5-BP digital mixing console with new Euphonix EuCon DAW control.
The Euphonix System 5-BP allows operators to mix and manage live, high-definition, surround-sound broadcasts in addition to post-production recordings. The System 5-BP model includes redundant power supplies and DSP for on-air, but includes machine control and automation for audio-post use. Thanks to the EuCon high-speed Ethernet protocol integrated into the Tabernacle's System 5, the choir's audio engineers bring tracks from Pro Tools and Nuendo digital audio workstations (DAWs), as well as DSP channels, directly onto the console surface for mixing. The LDS church chose the EuCon Hybrid option to ensure the consoles could perform post-production work when not being used for on-air broadcasts.
The new System 5 joined other Euphonix consoles owned and operated by the LDS church, including two 32-fader System 5 consoles for HD production from the 21,000-person Conference Center and one 24-fader System 5 for the Brigham Young University motion picture studio.
"We're thrilled to be a part of the Tabernacle's recent renovations and proud that our consoles help the choir deliver pristine quality every week," Martin Kloiber, Euphonix's CEO, said, "The choir's technical achievements set the highest standards in religious broadcasts, and what better way to christen the choir's return to the Tabernacle than a three-day celebration over Easter weekend mixed with 56 tracks in 5.1 surround sound."
The Tabernacle, a community-based religious, cultural and arts center for more than 100 years, has undergone an extensive two-year seismic upgrade. Church missionaries still show off the Tabernacle's acoustics by literally dropping a pin.