Director of Liturgy & Music Dominic MacAller with the Line 6 StageScape M20d.
Camarrillo, CA (August 21, 2012)—Padre Serra Parish, a large Roman Catholic Church in Camarillo, California, has become one of the first facilities to install a Line 6 StageScape M20d visual mixing system, a touchscreen-driven live sound mixer.
Director of Liturgy & Music Dominic MacAller explained, “We don’t have professional engineers on staff. Our volunteers are very good, but cover a wide range of technical ability and mixing experience. StageScape has a very well-designed touchscreen interface that makes you want to play with it. It’s easy to create a really good mix, and there aren’t rows and rows of faders and knobs, which can be very intimidating. It’s a big upgrade for us, both in terms of functionality and convenience [with] digital effects on board, including compressors, EQs, gates, delays, reverbs, and more, all of which you can adjust through the visual interface, or dig deeper and adjust the individual parameters.”
MacAller and his team have also been using the system’s iPad app, StageScape Remote. When connected via an optional USB Wi-Fi adapter, the StageScape mixer can be accessed via one or more iPad devices, allowing mix and effects changes to be made from anywhere in the room, such as adjusting a musician’s monitor mix while standing on stage.
MacAller, who acts as musical director and plays piano, recalled, “I’m an iPad user, so the touchscreen interface feels very natural and intuitive to me. At one point, I was listening to the piano, soloed out to the headphones, and decided to tweak the sound a little bit. Normally, getting a good acoustic piano sound from scratch is pretty hard, but it was really easy to warm it up and sweeten the sound a little bit. That was really fun.”
After the first week of services using the Line 6 StageScape M20d, MacAller noted, “Even before we started applying effects and EQ, the whole system had improved clarity and definition. People commented that they could hear the individual instruments more clearly in the mix; it really sounded terrific. But what I really like about the StageScape is that it gives us really sophisticated technology, but makes everything easier instead of adding complexity. It’s a perfect fit for us.”