Austin, TX (April 30, 2021)—The Austin Stone Church (ASC) serves a community of nearly 8,000 weekly attendees throughout its six locations, and it’s most recent campus was added last year during the pandemic. Getting it up to speed meant that the ASC team and Brown Note Productions (BNP) did a number of AV updates over the course of 2020, including the installation of a d&b audiotechnik Y series line array system; in fact, all of the church’s locations sport d&b systems.
The extensive updating of the new 832-seat contemporary worship campus is necessary, as the church is aiming for it to become its primary broadcast campus along with offering regular Sunday services that feature seven musicians/vocalists (drums, keys, guitar, bass, and playback, as well as three lead vocalists). There are two services per week at the new campus.
“The main challenge with this install was the raked, fan shape of the space and trying to deliver a similar experience to every seat,” states Ryan Robertson, production audio manager, Austin Stone Church. “The previous system was an old clustered point source system that really did a poor job of that; you could move what felt like five feet in any direction and have a very different experience. One of our main objectives with any of our new venues is to give each person that attends the same experience, whether in the front row or way back in the corner. No other manufacturer does as good of a job of that than d&b in my opinion. Every system really does follow the ‘more art, less noise’ motto by putting sound only where it needs to go, especially when ArrayProcessing is deployed. I always feel confident when mixing on a well deployed d&b system that what I’m mixing at front of house is being heard and felt in essentially every seat in the venue. This install is no exception. On top of that, there is a clarity and sonic signature of d&b that fits perfectly with the style of music we are mixing and is highly preferred.”
System highlights include eight Y8 and eight Y12 loudspeakers, a trio of J-SUBs ground subwoofers, a pair of d&b J-INFRAs on the outside of the sub array, eight E6 loudspeakers for front fills, a Y10P loudspeaker, two Y7P loudspeakers for out fills, eight 30D amplifiers, a 10D amplifier and a DS10 Dante bridge.
The front of house is outfitted with a DiGiCo S31console with Dante I/O and Focusrite AES interface, and a Q-SYS Control system utilizing a d&b plug-in for complete AV system control and automation allowing for “self-serve” AV modes for a wide variety of uses. An Avid Pro Tools Dante-enabled broadcast package is provided for livestream and post-production use.
“The new d&b system sounds fantastic,” adds Robertson. “The power and clarity of the system really draws you in as a listener. It was fun to see the reactions and smiles on the face of our leadership team as they listened to it for the first time. Their main reaction was how intelligible everything was. They felt like they could actually hear distinctly everything that was happening in the mix, not just a wall of sound. The band has said they have a new level of confidence in what they play and sing and that it is accurately being conveyed into the room. It makes them that much more excited to get up early on a Sunday and lead our people.”
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