Belleville, Il (March 29, 2012)—St. Matthew United Methodist Church recently added an SD9 with D-Rack replacing an analog desk at the hub of its video production suite, joining the DiGiCo SD8 already used as its FOH console.
Church media consultant Phil Mahder of Training Resources and Ben Shipman, president of AVA Audio Video Associates again assisted in the transition, working with house broadcast engineer DJ Rockwell.
“St. Matthew has been pleased with their SD8 at FOH since they got it 2 years ago,” Mahder said. “The production level for their large dramas has made the mixer a must—even their Sunday services have had so much complexity that they are using the potential of the SD8 routinely. Not only do they have a lot of sources on stage, but they also do a rapid and complete changeover between services as they switch music styles. The church has been on local cable for many years, producing a quality product in both content and production value. Since getting the SD8, they have realized that the analog console in the video control room has been a limitation. Although they have remote control over the SD8 from the video station, there were conflicts at times between the goals of the FOH operators and the video operators. When the SD9 was introduced, we all quickly realized that this would be the perfect replacement for the analog console in the video control room, making FOH and video independent and completely digital. With the SD9’s affordable price tag, everyone was in agreement.”
Once the console was installed, Rockwell recalled, it was ready to run within an hour. “It sounded great and the processing was seamless. The snapshots were very smooth and easily customizable. St. Matthew is a house of worship that has been into technology for a long time, and we do our best to stay on the cutting edge. We started airing our services on cable more than 25 years ago, and now also stream live. On Sundays, we have three services back-to-back with no time for rehearsals in between and can be as simple as three mics and as extreme as 75-plus inputs. The SD8 and SD9 made these 15- and 20-minute switchovers—from Traditional to Contemporary to Blended with choir and orchestra—possible. Besides our normal worship services, we also put on two technically intensive productions each year, at Easter and Christmas, with a cast, crew, and orchestra of over 300. Having this kind of digital footprint—with all the bells and whistles it affords—is a must-have for what we do.”
St. Matthew United Methodist Church