Greensboro, NC (November 10, 2006)–House of worship sound has become increasingly cutting edge in recent years, and nowhere is this more apparent than inside Westover Church in Greensboro, NC–a new 3,000-seat worship center that sports the first Midas XL8 digital live mixing desk installed in the U.S.–as well as an extensive Midas, Electro-Voice (EV), Klark Teknik and Telex audio system.
Danny Slaughter with Westover Church’s new Midas XL8 console.Westover technical director Danny Slaughter worked with Donnie Haulk and Tim Owens of Audio Ethics (Charlotte, NC), Armando Fullwood of Design 2020 Church Media Consultants, Craig Bess of Telex Pro Audio Group reps Vision 2 Marketing and EV & Midas Tech Support on the design, development and installation of the system, which reportedly also features North America’s most extensive EV NetMax/IRIS-Net configuration and a total of 204 EV loudspeakers. To complete the total system spec, the facility is protected by Bosch fire and security equipment [Bosch being Telex’s parent company].
Two years ago, when Danny Slaughter began to define the new facility’s audio technology requirementsn he began looking at large format analog consoles, and since Westover already owned Midas Venice and Verona consoles, he became interested in the Midas Digital Development project. Contacting Midas, he eventually went to England for a closer look and listen–and then signed up for an XL8 a year before the product was even released. “All it took was to see the channel and master section and to hear the console and I knew this was what I had been looking for,” said Slaughter. “I had seen, operated and heard other digital consoles, but this design and sonic quality was 180 degrees away from anything out there.”
As well as providing FOH audio to the Worship Center’s main 154 EV speaker configuration, the XL8 also supplies the monitor mix for onstage personal monitors and wedges, the recording feed for video production, the 70V distributed audio and the hearing impaired systems. “We were not only looking for a superb live FOH system, but also the provision for distributed audio that could be routed via Ethernet to our production room, as well as throughout our new facility,” said Slaughter. “Another fantastic feature is our Midas road rack, consisting of six I/O boxes in a rolling rack. This allows us to pick up or drop audio anywhere in the facility for any kind of remote production. This I/O rack can also be used for a satellite or mobile recording truck’s tie in. And, of course, we have a 400 and 100-amp three-phase power distro, along with AES50 & Triax video tie lines for outside recording trucks and tour buses. The XL8 is totally inclusive in this regard, as we can push uncompressed audio wherever it is needed over the Midas network.”
“The most common comment from the congregation about the XL8 is that it looks like a spaceship,” Slaughter says with a smile, “but any seasoned analog guy would quickly feel at home behind it. I soon found myself so comfortable with the desk that going through the detail section on the channel inputs became second nature. I’m not even thinking of this console as being digital but as just another Midas console. I am very impressed with XL8 and look forward to showing all those that will come here to see and hear it the finest live sound console in the world!”