Brad Roberts, First Baptist’s lead audio engineer, with the new DiGiCo SD7 console at the church’s monitor mix position
Dallas, TX (October 22, 2015)—Dallas’ First Baptist Church bought a DiGiCo SD7 for its FOH position in April 2013, and now a second SD7 has joined it, tackling monitor duties at the 3,000-seat worship center.
The two consoles are linked through no less than five DiGiCo SD-Racks—three placed just off stage in a remote location, one underneath the monitor console, and one down in the broadcast mixing studio near video control—as well as a 16-channel Nano-Rack located in the orchestra pit and used to provide extra inputs if needed.
First Baptist Church’s initial SD7 console went in as part of an extensive $130 million renovation of its main downtown location, which was completed two years ago. “We specified the first SD7 largely because of its high I/O capacity,” says Idibri Senior Consultant Steve Reed. “When it came time to install a dedicated monitor console, we naturally went back to the SD7. It’s a large-format console that has the capacity to handle the large number of instrument and vocal inputs coming off of this stage. All of the front-line singers are using in-ear monitors, so they needed a high number of inputs and outputs. The SD7 has them.”
Brad Roberts, First Baptist Church’s lead audio engineer, began his career there just ahead of the arrival of the first SD7 and as the church’s primary monitor mixer, he’s happy to see the arrival of the second. “Up until now, there was no monitor world,” he says. “We had been mixing monitors from the SD7 at front-of-house, which, with so many inputs, was complicated.”
Roberts can now accommodate the 13 stereo in-ear monitor mixes used by the vocalists as well as the Aviom mixers for the band and orchestra. “We have two complete universes of Aviom systems, and there are over a hundred inputs coming off the stage altogether. The SD7 was the console we chose that could handle that many inputs and outputs.”
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