Immanuel Bible Church’s Jim Neighbors, Nathan Hale and Tim Heacock at the new Studer Vista 5 digital desk.Springfield, VA (November 30, 2007)–Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, VA recently purcahsed a 42-fader Studer Vista 5 digital audio console for its 1,100-seat auditorium. Tim Heacock, the church’s director of Audio, Visual and Lighting, said, “We decided on the Studer because it’s just laid out so well. It has a tremendous design.”
Heacock had the desk in-house last summer and noted the speed with which the volunteer operators for the Spanish-language services became conversant with the Vista 5. “We set them in front of the Studer and literally only had about 15 minutes to explain to them how it works. They did a 45-minute rehearsal with their band on the Saturday and ran a flawless service on Sunday. The people in charge here realized this is a real nice piece of equipment, and that the volunteers could handle it and really enjoyed working with it.”
Heacock reports that a planned expansion of facilities to include a video control room–where an additional Studer console is being considered for installation–also played a role in the purchase decision, as it required the selection and routing of more inputs and outputs than any other mixing desk could handle, as he discovered during his research. “I was looking for something with 800 inputs and about 400 outputs,” he explains.
The maximum capacity of the church auditorium is limited by Fairfax County, in which it is located, so there are plans to ‘broadcast’ the sermons to other public areas and even satellite venues. “We want to have the entire facility available to us at the control room, and be able to send out to the entire facility from that room,” elaborates Heacock. “The church wants the studio control room not to just control the next-door room, and not just the worship center, but also have it control sound in the gym and in the atrium.”
There is another advantage to the Studer Vista 5 in the absence of a dedicated monitor desk, notes Heacock. “You can put an operator on a bank of 10 faders and he can sit there and get to any channel and adjust monitor levels. So I can have one person running monitors while I have another person running front-of-house on the other 30 channels. I can have them both working at the same time.”