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Mixing Live with RML Labs’ Software Audio Console, Part 1

May 3, 2012 9:59 AM, With Bennett Liles

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The Software Audio Console displays at the Goodlettsville Church of the Nazarene.

Digital mixers are getting more computerized all the time, but the price tags are pretty high, so why not just mix with a computer? At the Goodlettsville Church, Keith Sealy is doing just that and doing it live. He’s here to tell us about how it all works, next up on the SVC Podcast.

SVC: Keith, thanks for being with me on the SVC Podcast from the Goodlettsville Church of the Nazarene up near Nashville, Tenn. You’ve got something interesting going on there with mixing live on a computer, and I know the Goodlettsville Church is probably in the same position that a lot of other churches are in—trying to go digital and then they get sticker shock when they see the price tag on some of this stuff. So how about describing the Goodlettsville Church of the Nazarene. What sort of worship style do they have there?

Keith Sealy: Ok, we are a church that we average just over probably 500 people each week. We’re doing two services. It’s probably more of a contemporary service, but we still do some hymns and things like that, but it probably leans more towards the contemporary side of things. [Timestamp: 1:27]

OK and you’ve got some live music going on?

Yeah, we have a live band, full choir, occasionally we’ll do praise team. Some other events we do is we do some community events where we’ll do like 70’s theme music or 80’s theme music things of that nature. [Timestamp: 1:45]

Oh, well that sounds fun. At least it would be for me. I don’t know about the age demographic, but I guess that sort of appeals to different age groups.

For those services, typically we get a whole lot of community involvement and to be honest with you, we get some people that come normally to our church to come to those things, but we get more community involvement in those which is the point in the whole, the whole thing actually. [Timestamp: 2:07]

Right, get more people involved in what’s going on there. So what was the situation that kind of got the ball rolling and got you started looking for a mixer upgrade?

Part of the reason is because the system we had was getting well on up in age as is a lot of our equipment. We’re like a lot of churches where budgets are tight. We had an old Crest Century console, Century GT, which was a great audio console, but it was just becoming intermittent with us. We were starting to have some patching problems with it, some mic pre issues, and because of the multiple events that take place, we were really wanting to get to a digital format of some type so we can recall easily because it was always challenging trying to get back for Sunday morning after doing a totally different show on Saturday night or something. [Timestamp: 2:52]

Yeah, that seems to be one of the big draws on digital stuff for churches because you’ve got a lot of volunteer people and you need to have gear that’ll let you just push a button and get right back to where you were.

It’s a big seller. And I guess the church sound and camera and lighting jobs are pretty much handled by volunteers?

We run around 500, so we don’t have a lot of volunteers. We don’t really do any video per se. We have a camera, a single camera, that records our services but most of our volunteers are just for like a screen presentation and audio. So we have about four or five people that we rotate. [Timestamp: 3:25]

OK, well not that many, but that probably makes it easier to keep track of and know what everybody’s doing at least with a smaller bunch.

Not that we’re not trying to include more people, but it’s also easier to stay consistent from Sunday to Sunday. We have good people working in those areas. [Timestamp: 3:39]

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