Baton Rouge, LA (March 14, 2006)–Woodlawn Baptist Church in Baton Rouge recently upgraded its 20-year-old audio system, and as a part of that effort, has acquired a new Soundcraft GB Series GB4. The 40-channel desk, purchased from Bob Sanchez at local retailer Live Music, was installed as the first phase in updating the audio system for the 700-seat sanctuary.
Woodlawn Baptist sound technician Scott Lesley operating the church’s new Soundcraft GB4 deskAccording to Rick Thornhill, Woodlawn Baptist’s sound committee chairman and volunteer audio engineer, “Our primary criteria were that the new console have eight auxiliary sends for stage mixes, four mute groups, and a minimum of 36 channels to accommodate Christmas and Easter productions.
When initially looking around at consoles a few years ago, it seemed that all of the boards meeting these requirements were far too expensive for us. However, when I recently came across the GB4, I was impressed. Aside from being in the right ballpark price-wise and possessing the features we needed, it had a nice uncomplicated layout for our lay engineers, an onboard matrix for routing feeds around the building, and a very responsive EQ with two sweepable mid bands. Plus, we had so many people whose opinions we trusted recommending Soundcraft to us as a quality manufacturer; it definitely seemed to be the right choice.”
He added with some surprise, “By simply changing out our console, we were suddenly able to hear all of these highs and lows that we had never heard before. It sounds so nice now and really makes us wonder what it’s going to sound like when we update all of our amplifiers and loudspeakers! Needless to say, we’re all anxiously looking forward to the next phase of our system retrofit.”