Aug 01, 2003

Houses of Worship


--Horizon Christian Fellowship, a Calvary Chapel affiliated church in Rancho Santa Fe, CA, recently finished a complete upgrade of its sanctuary sound system, which is now capped off with the installation of a new Soundcraft MH4 mixing console.

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 the front-of-house 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.

Michael Mendoza, Horizon's head audio engineer, comments on the desk, "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 pres 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," says 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."

Horizon Christian Fellowship further installed a quantity of QSC PowerLight amplifiers, which are driving a new loudspeaker rig custom-built by AAAV.

Mendoza reflects on the changes by commenting, "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."

Horizon Christian Fellowship can be visited on the Internet at, while AAAV can be similarly found at

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Soundcraft is a leading British manufacturer of high-end mixing consoles serving live, broadcast, theatre and recording markets. The company's products are distributed in the US by Harman Pro North America (HPNA), which also distributes products for AMEK, BSS Audio and Studer. HPNA is a subsidiary of Harman International

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