Los Angles (July 9, 2007)–The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, center of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, recently upgraded its wireless mic systems with the help of Bill Lightner, vice president of sales at Santa Clarita, CA-based AMT Systems Inc.
Lightner walked into the church in the early days of this decade to launch a comprehensive new systems build. Serving the congregation for a successive number of years, the housewide system AMT ultimately built remains largely as it was constructed in 2001 with one exception: Its wireless systems.
“The wireless systems were state-of-the-art when they were put in, but along with the growing number of HDTV channels operating here in LA, interference grew at an alarming rate,” Lightner relates. “While there is an amazing array of hardwired microphone locations located in the church, everyone uses wireless except for those in the choir loft. With the onslaught of digital television, it didn’t take too long before frustrations were constant. It became a serious fight to keep the system running, and the church was clearly not winning.”
Aided by AMT VP of Systems Integration Criss Niemann, Lightner’s search for a solution led to the selection of eight channels of UHF-R wireless from Shure. “We were pretty dazzled by the automatic frequency selection process,” Lightner admits. “On the first press of the button we found 20 open frequencies. We chose the eight we needed from that group, set the system, and haven’t had any problem with any interference at all. I say that without having any wood to knock on, too.”
Along with an end to the sanctuary’s RF interference dilemma, Lightner is also happy to report that sound quality has gone up as well. “We monitored everything very closely, and found that we were obtaining a much better signal at the receivers,” he adds. “Everyone also agreed that the systems just sounded better as well. Making this move resulted in about as much of a win-win situation as you could hope to find. Things are running smoothly, just like on the wings of an angel.”