Horizon Christian Fellowship Installs Soundcraft Board

Aug 29, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Horizon Christian Fellowship, a Calvary Chapel affiliated church in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., recently finished a complete upgrade of its sanctuary sound system, which included the installation of a new Soundcraft MH4 mixing console.

Michael Mendoza (pictured), Horizon's head audio engineer said this about the redesign: "Bob Botsford, our senior pastor, and I had a discussion about the major 'holes' with our former system: hot spots and quiet areas. We wanted to install a system that would be of exceptional quality and value without compromise. This new system is very balanced throughout the entire room, which is impressive because it's a somewhat acoustically challenging environment. Everyone here is much happier with the current setup. It's truly meeting all of our needs."

Specified and installed by All American Audio Visual (AAAV), the 48-mono/4-stereo-channel MH4 is set up in the rear of the sanctuary and utilized to provide both FOH and monitor mixes for the 700-seat fan-shaped room. The console's matrix sends are also employed to provide feeds for tape and video recording in addition to delivering audio signals to other areas around the facility, such as lobbies and restrooms.

Mendoza continued, "The MH4 is very intuitive and simple to operate, which is important in an environment like this where volunteers often have to run it. When you mute a channel, everything's muted; you don't have to worry about double-checking your auxes and all that kind of stuff. The VCAs and mute groups are terrific. The board is also nice and quiet, not to mention very forgiving. I love the mic pre's on this desk: They sound wonderful. With our previous console, after about 30 minutes of listening to it, I'd be tense and experiencing ear fatigue. I could listen to the MH4 all day and be fine."

AAAV also installed a pair of BSS FDS-366 Omnidrives at the house mix position to handle EQ, delay and other loudspeaker processing functions. "I love the Omnidrives," said Mendoza. "We went with a 'less is more' approach and replaced a whole rack full of processors with just these two pieces. They're great-sounding little units." Also new are QSC PowerLight amplifiers, which are driving a new loudspeaker rig custom-built by AAAV.

Horizon Christian Fellowship can be found online at www.horizon.org. Visit AAAV at www.allamericanaudio.com. Find out more about the board at www.soundcraft.com.

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