Irvine, CA (March 11, 2015)—A pair of SSL Live L500 consoles were recently installed inside Mariners Church’s 3,400-seat worship center as part of an audio overhaul. Its current worship facility was built in 2006, so CCI Solutions, the integrator on the original sound system, handled creating and installing the new system.
“The clarity of the console and the way we can separate the mixing functions has been spectacular,” says network technical arts director Jeff Stewart, who joined the church at the same time as the consoles. Previously a systems engineer at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago, Stewart was tasked with consulting on the purchase prior to the move. “During my transition from Willow, the team was still deciding what console to choose and I said, from an engineering standpoint, that I’d go with the SSL,” he says. “I told them that SSL has been making consoles for 45 years, so they know what they are doing. My first day on the job, I installed the two L500 consoles.”
“The first time we used the console was for our Christmas production, during which we had a choir and string percussion and horn sections, and still, with all of those things going on, I could still hear the shaker from the percussionist coming through,” said Scott Clement, who has been mixing FOH at Mariners for the past year.
Mariners’ two Solid State Logic L500 consoles share four 32-channel ML 32.32 analogue stageboxes, for a total of 128 stage inputs. “We haven’t had to use the full 128 yet, but we wanted something we could grow into as well,” Clement explains. “For Christmas, the main stage had close to 100 people on it, and there was also a small ensemble out in the middle of the house, so we were pushing around 80 inputs. We know that our productions will keep getting bigger.”
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