Fellowship Church Brings In DPA Mics

Feb 5, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Located just outside of Dallas in Grapevine, Texas, the Fellowship Church recently moved into a spacious new facility that hosts up to 19,000 congregants a weekend. The church features state-of-the-art audio and video technology for services that offer the musical and visual impact of a contemporary concert event.

As Matt Wheeler, senior audio engineer, said, “We try to stay on the cutting edge to do what we do creatively, so it’s not the older, more traditional ‘just sing the hymn’ kind of service. We want to keep things interesting and relevant so, in doing that, technology plays a large role in what we do. Musically, it pretty much changes every weekend. We might open a service with a Creed song, and go straight out of that into a ‘praise and worship’ song to a country tune or other styles of music. We have a band with electric guitars, bass, drums—all of that. It’s somewhat performance-oriented.”

Because Fellowship Church has to both provide the full-range audio required for today’s musical performances with clear vocal and speech reproduction for sermons and prayers, finding the right microphone was an ongoing challenge for Wheeler and his audio team.

“We’d tried every brand over the years,” said Wheeler, “but even with more expensive systems that sounded okay, I wasn’t happy with the handling noise we were getting. I had heard about DPA microphones being used in a Broadway show, so we decided to try them out. We bought one, tested it and were pretty much sold on DPA from that point on. At this point, we have a lot of wireless in the church—actually up to 120 channels of Sennheiser facility-wide right now—so we really needed to find the right microphones.

“We first bought about 40 DPA 4061 miniature condensers, then we tried the DPA 4065 headset mics out for dramas and stuff like that, and everyone went, ‘What did you do! That sounds amazing!’ Being able to get it louder with a lot less EQ and a lot less interaction between mics opened up a whole new world for us. After hearing the DPA headset, our pastor wanted to try it and once he got one, he refused take it off.

“The thing I really like about DPA, especially the headsets, is that I can EQ and still have people out in front of the P.A. With an omni, people always say, ‘You’re asking for trouble…’ But once it’s tweaked out, it’s pretty consistent.

“We have a thrust stage and our Pastor is out in front of the P.A. for the whole service and I never have any problems. With minimal EQ, I’m able to get a very natural, very large sound, without any feedback onstage, in the audience.”

Fellowship Church also boasts a Yamaha PM1D front-of-house digital console and Sennheiser and Neumann handheld mics.

For more information, visit DPA online at www.dpamicrophones.com. Visit the church at www.fellowshipchurch.com.

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