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Yamaha TF3 aids Rotterdam church volunteers

The house of worship upgraded its analogue console that had been in use for 15 years

The Seventh Day Adventist church in Rotterdam, Netherlands – a triangular-shaped, typical mid-to-late 20th century building – recently had a Yamaha TF3 mixing digital console installed.

As well as holding three services a week, it also has a very social function, working in close co-operation with the Salvation Army and the city’s food bank.

The church has five voluntary sound engineers who, between them, cover the services. All have day jobs, but regard sound as a serious hobby.

“I love doing sound for the church,” says Raymond Nojodikromo, whose full-time job is in removals and furniture building. “We are all amateurs and still learning the craft of sound engineering, so we need equipment that is easy and intuitive to operate.”

For the past 15 years the church used an analogue audio mixer, but the decision was made to upgrade to a digital console, which would allow settings for different services and engineers to be stored and instantly recalled.

Nojodikromo comments: “Yamaha equipment is seen as robust, reliable and our finances are limited, so we contacted Elburg-based De Grooth Audio Service for a demo of the TF series. Everyone understood the basic functionality very quickly, so it was an easy decision for us to invest in a TF3.”

Installing the TF3 was a case of replacing the existing analogue mixer and plugging the analogue i/o into the Yamaha console’s rear panel.

Nojodikromo says: “The worship band usually comprises piano, percussion, bass guitar and two vocal microphones. We also use a lectern microphone and play background music before and after services. The PA is a straightforward L-R system with subs, plus there are two wedge monitors. The TF3 easily satisfies our needs, but it has the capacity to accommodate bigger services and any future expansion.”