Houston Church Cleans Up Wireless Worries

Houston, TX (October 27, 2005)--Copperfield Church, founded 14 years ago, now attracts 800 and 1000 people per week to its services. Assisting in bringing the church's message to the masses is the technical arts ministry, which consists solely of lay people who volunteer their services for the Church. Despite limited time and resources, the church recently cleaned up its wireless mic issues, according to Copperfield technical director Michael Mychalczuk, when it purchases a selection of Sabine wireless mics.
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Houston, TX (October 27, 2005)--Copperfield Church, founded 14 years ago, now attracts 800 and 1000 people per week to its services. Assisting in bringing the church's message to the masses is the technical arts ministry, which consists solely of lay people who volunteer their services for the Church. Despite limited time and resources, the church recently cleaned up its wireless mic issues, according to Copperfield technical director Michael Mychalczuk, when it purchases a selection of Sabine wireless mics.

The services at Copperfield feature contemporary music with a full band of acoustic and electronic instruments, with anywhere from a two to six-person drama, and pastoring, along with video projection and magnification, lighting and more.

Their expanding audio system currently includes 40 inputs on stage, with at least 60 by the end of the year. Other components include a Yamaha M2500 console for Front of House, Furman monitoring on stage and in-ear monitoring for all singers. The amps are all Crown with Community loudspeakers.

According to Mychalczuk, "The Church has grown over the years absolutely debt free. We build out as we have the funds to pay for the individual technical elements. So we had to design a sound, video and lighting system that could be installed in phases. We had to think three to five years in the future, and build into them. One of those areas was wireless microphones. We originally had a mix of VHF and UHF systems and they worked, but with the population growth in our area, the UHF bandwidth is quickly getting filled up. We're in Houston, a major market where we haven't even felt the full effect of the HDTV thing yet. And I've been talking to other pastors in our area, which is very populated, and people were stepping on each other's UHF space every time they turned around.

"So Sabine was the only wireless microphone company that put us in a safe harbor in terms of the frequency spectrum, but also had all of the outboard processing, compression, limiting, etc., built into the microphone and receiver, another major cost savings. And the Sabine system gave us the ability to model various microphones, which was important to us because of different singer types and other issues. The audio quality is really exceptional, for both vocals and instruments."

All of the audio can be recorded in their studio with up to 32 tracks of digital audio using MOTU's Digital Performer running on an Apple Macintosh G5. As Mychalczuk adds, "All of our Sunday services are recorded to hard disk, which we can then duplicate into CDs, so that by the time between the first and second service, there are CDs of the service available in our store."

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