Shadow Mountain Ministries Adds New Console

Apr 5, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Shadow Mountain Ministries (El Cajon Calif.) recently upgraded its 2,500-seat main worship center with a new InnovaSon Sy80 digital mixing console for front-of-house and monitor duties, which includes reinforcing a full band, 35-piece orchestra, 160-voice choir, praise team and numerous soloists, groups, speakers and guests.

The worship center is the primary of five audio-visually equipped buildings with as many as 40 events a week on the campus requiring full technical support. The technically forward-thinking ministry has a worldwide potential audience of millions, broadcasting services and sermons over a 1,000 television and several thousand radio stations around the globe.

According to Shadow Mountain Ministries technical director Timothy Hunten (pictured), "Each Sunday, I'll use between 60 and 80 inputs in various combinations, all of them needing something different. Our Sy80 is set up to go to the house, the five stage monitor sends, eight monitor sends, eight record sends, backstage overflow, choir sends and other locations. I have everything set up to run simultaneously and you can stack outputs underneath each other so if I adjust the main fader, there can be eight to 12 outputs under that fader. I can set up a different mix to send up to record, a different one to the mix—anything I want to do. And most importantly, it has a very short learning curve, which is important with so many visiting engineers."

Commenting on the addition of the board, "The Sy80 was even smaller than its direct competitors, but you're not losing anything with 80 faders on the control surface, and the integrated video screen and infinitely assignable faders also made the Sy80 better for us."

With a potential plethora of microphones onstage requiring different settings, the church has also dramatically cut necessary microphone inventory. As for the microphones and the rest of the system, the 90 inputs coming from stage are a mix of Sennheiser, AKG and Shure wireless and DPA microphones. Outboard gear includes items from TC Electronics, Eventide and Yamaha, while JBL components make up the loudspeaker system.

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