Sun Valley Community Church, Gilbert & Queen Creek, AZ United States
Sun Valley Community Church’s five campuses serve 8,000 regular attendees, and two locations recently underwent considerably audio system upgrades handled by AV systems provider, WAVE. Intriguingly, the 1,300-capacity Gilbert broadcast campus and 700-seat Queen Creek space are the first anywhere to integrate KLANG:technologies’ KLANG:fabrik 3D IEM audio-mixing system with an immersive house PA design.
Using custom DSP algorithms, WAVE’s custom Venue Flex system allows the FOH engineer to direct delayed and processed signals to surround speakers in order to simulate reflections off the walls of the space. The resulting aim is for the space to emulate a ‘more live’ experience while using the directional system in a more controlled acoustical environment. The approach works hand in hand with KLANG:fabrik system for the worship band.
Mike Ward, the audio director at Sun Valley Community Church, explained, “I’m a musician who is also a sound guy, so I know the value of a natural-sounding monitor system. I saw that the KLANG system would give our musicians a greater level of control over their own monitor mixes while eliminating the need for a separate monitor console and a dedicated monitor engineer. At the same time, it lightens my workload at the FOH position because I don’t have to worry about mixing monitors from the FOH console. I can just send 24 channels of audio down a single cable, over a Dante network, and the musicians on stage have up to eight stereo mixes each of them can personalize using their own smartphones or tablets. And I’m running the KLANG:fabrik 3D app on a computer, so I can interact with any of them at any time if they need help with the system. It’s been hugely effective for us.”
Ward says that KLANG:fabrik also integrates well with the DiGiCo SD8 console recently installed at the Gilbert campus as part of its audio upgrade, and with the DiGiCo S21 that’s now part of the audio system at the Queen Creek campus. “We’re planning on switching all of our consoles to DiGiCo, because they sound great and that gives us consistent platforms to work with at every location,” he explains. “And the DiGiCo consoles are a good fit with the KLANG:fabrik 3D systems, which we’ll also eventually have at all of the locations thanks to the Dante compatibility they both have.”