May 01, 2002

Houses of Worship

Old River Baptist Blessed With New Series Two

--The worship services at Old River Baptist Church, located 30 miles east of downtown Houston, now benefit from the addition of a 40-channel Soundcraft Series TWO mixing console. Dealer/contractor MSC of nearby Beaumont provided the sale and installation of the desk.

The Series TWO went in as part of a complete audio, video and lighting package for ORB's recently-added 1,100-seat auditorium, which, following a steady increase in service attendance, now replaces the church's former 350-seat hall as the new main sanctuary. The Soundcraft console, positioned front and center in the balcony between the lighting and video control stations, feeds its signals out to a rack of eight Crown CE Series amplifiers driving a JBL Sound Power cluster and MS26/28 delay fills, as well as a 70-volt ceiling loudspeaker system for distributed sound throughout the rest of the facility.

MSC Owner Brad Daigle, who specified the Soundcraft console for ORB, notes, "The Series TWO gave the church everything they needed in a front-of-house desk while avoiding unnecessary features that they would rarely, if ever, use. As a result, the board was very satisfactory in terms of budget. Plus, 40 channels should give them ample room for any type of performance or production, from contemporary praise team to choir to holiday pageant.

"The new Series TWO is a solid console with a very straightforward layout, much like the 24-channel Spirit LX7 mixer they've been using for years in their previous sanctuary, which is now a youth chapel. And, unlike some of Soundcraft's competitors, I know if they need a replacement part for it in 15 years, I'll still be able to get it."

Soundcraft, a leading British manufacturer of high-end mixing consoles serving live, broadcast, theatre and recording markets, is distributed in the US by Harman Pro North America, a subsidiary of Harman International.

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