San Juan Capistrano, CA (November 28, 2007)–Designed to coincide with the installation of a new and incredibly ornate, gold retablo (an artistic wall or surface) altar, and ambo (lectern)—officials at Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano decided an upgraded sound system would also be deployed. Grand Rapids, MI-based MuSonics, an acoustics consulting firm, handled the design of the church’s new SR system, which includes wireless mics and automated mixing from Lectrosonics.
The system was installed and completed by Audio Associates of San Diego, CA; according to Peter Borchard, MuSonics’ A/V systems designer, “The church was in dire need of a new automated mixing system. It was too easy for well-meaning, but uninitiated people to change the old automixer’s settings and inadvertently make matters worse. Church officials were eager to find a solution that would enable them to circumvent this problem and obtain good, repeatable audio performance.” To rectify this situation, Borchard specified a Lectrosonics DM1612 Digital Automatic Matrix Mixer.
To facilitate freedom of movement for church leaders, Borchard also specified wireless microphone setups consisting of four LM Digital Hybrid UHF Belt Pack Transmitters plus a single UT Digital Hybrid Wireless Handheld Transmitter, all of which feed into a VR Venue modular receiver system stocked with five VRS receiver modules.
“The four belt pack transmitters are used with Countryman E6 over the ear microphones,” said Borchard, “while the fifth wireless microphone is a handheld model that can easily be passed from one person to another during services. By using the Venue receiver system, which is modular and, hence, expandable, the church still has the capacity to add another channel should it be necessary at a later time.”
“The ability to expand the system was an important design consideration,” continued Borchard, “and this is yet another reason we went with the Lectrosonics DM1612. In addition to the five wireless mics and two hard-wired mics for the ambo and cantor (the church’s song leader), the mixer also accommodates a CD player and the outputs of a small tabletop mixer that is used for the small contemporary musical ensemble. Even so, there remain several open channels for future expansion.”