Florida’s St. Verena Church Simplifies Audio Operations With Allen & Heath Mixing System

St. Verena, a Coptic Orthodox Church in New Port Richey, Florida, has installed a new Allen & Heath dLive C Class digital audio mixing console controlled by a custom iPad touch-screen to simplify its audio capabilities. The intuitive system is designed to enable non-technical staff to run the church’s audio equipment during live services.

The Allen & Heath dLive C Class mixing console makes professional audio recording and amplification easily accessible.  The compact format makes it ideal for corporate AV, houses of worship, regional rental companies and theaters. Christian Sound Installations (CSI) in Valrico, Florida installed the new system to support the church’s 600-seat sanctuary. Company owner Paul Garner said St. Verena was one of the most unique installations they have ever completed.

“The church has multiple altars for different parts of their worship service and a group of singing deacons,” Garner said. “We needed 42 inputs and multiple floor pockets because they constantly move their microphones. But the church told me, ‘We don’t want a mixer out there.’ So, we had to innovate to meet their needs.”

The church’s dLive M48 Mix Rack interface.

The church’s dLive M48 Mix Rack interface.

CSI teamed up with Aurora Multimedia of Morganville, New Jersey to create St. Verena’s touchscreen control system. The user interface (GUI) is an Apple iPad operating in kiosk mode and mounted on the wall in an alcove. An Aurora Multimedia QXP-2 acts as intermediary feeding a custom control screen to the iPad and communicating with the church’s dLive DM48 MixRack via MIDI. A Microsoft Surface Pro computer, installed in the equipment rack, runs Allen & Heath’s dLive Director software allowing full control of the dLive for setup, commissioning and any needed system changes or updates. 

Garner used dLive scenes and DCAs to make it possible for the church to operate their sanctuary system, chapel system or both from the same screen.

“When they move a mic from one altar to another, they never have to change anything on the mixer. It is a really neat system and it has been working flawlessly,” he said.

The Coptic Orthodox Pope visited St. Verena for its opening and complimented the church on their “robust and good” audio system.

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