Grapevine, TX (October 13, 2004)–More than 18,000 people attend services each weekend at Fellowship Church in Grapevine, TX–proof that the church has been growing at an accelerated rate since opening its doors in 1989 as an extension of an existing church in Irving, TX. The church is very much its own facility these days, however, with a 125,000 square foot main building, complete with its own dedicated mixing suite, attached to the video department’s master control room, which now houses a Soundtracs DS-00 digital console.
The church campus is a considerable size; in addition to the main building, there’s also an additional 25,000 square foot children’s building, a 40,000 square foot adjacent property that has been renovated it into a youth facility and office space, and a Creative Communications Center of 80,000 square feet that contains three children’s churches along with breakout rooms and a chapel for weddings, funerals and big events.
Fellowship Church Pastor Ed Young’s services include a large musical element that, according to the church, “wraps the weekend message in a relevant way, featuring everything from cutting-edge worship, to treasured hymns, to the latest pop hit,” which effectively makes every weekend at the church an event in its own right. This, along with the shear size of the facility, requires both a sizable and flexible sound system.
“You really have to see it to understand what it’s all about,” said Matt Bishop, Fellowship Church’s broadcast audio engineer. “The production values far exceed that of most tours. It was unbelievable to me that the quality of gear I work on actually went up when I came off the road and went to work for a church!”
Bishop has been using the DS-00 for live recording and subsequent mixing: “The DS-00 has changed everything. I selected it because of its flexibility. It has powerful on the fly mixing capabilities, along with extensive post-production automation that makes the DS-00 an ideal solution for Fellowship Church. The console’s MADI protocol makes for incredibly efficient multi-track recording and re-mixing, as well. Because of the intense automation potential, my two mixes can now be much more specific to events. Each song can have independent level, panning, FX send, and dynamics set up, which has really increased the consistency and quality of my live mixes.
“We have a few special events coming up: I’m currently mixing a “Greatest Hits” CD of live worship songs that should release this Fall and Christmas is coming, so that means a mega show and a live DVD. The DS-00 will certainly be a huge advantage in both these projects.”