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Resurrection Life Church Values Sennheiser RF

Oct 5, 2006 8:00 AM

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Sennheiser wireless personal monitors and wireless/wired microphones both play a key role in the concert-quality sound system recently implemented at the new 4,000-plus-capacity worship center of Resurrection Life Church in Grandville, Mich.

The sound system was designed by Acoustic Dimensions, based in Dallas, with installation by Parkway Electric of Holland, Mich. Both entities worked closely with Resurrection Life Church Technical Director Cliff Rosenberg on the system, which supports a contemporary worship style.

The portion of the system serving the worship center's front platform, which hosts a large band, choir, background singers, and worship leaders, features a great deal of flexible interconnectivity. Within this backdrop, 12 Sennheiser ew 300 IEM G2 UHF wireless monitor systems play a key role, providing the monitoring needs for several vocalists and musicians.

"I didn't have any previous experience with Sennheiser equipment, but it's been a true highlight of the new system. I'm very pleased we took this direction," notes Rosenberg. "The vocalists love the very compact size of the receivers because it's so comfortable for them. Plus, with the receivers using AA rather than 9V batteries, we're cutting our battery costs over the long haul, which is not a small issue when you're using so many units. Overall, the RF performance of all of these systems has been flawless."

The systems offer Sennheiser's proprietary Autoscan for simple and secure frequency selection, with 1,440 total frequencies available within a 36MHz switching bandwidth for greater tuning flexibility.

At Resurrection Life Church, the transmitters are rackmounted on the platform, and via two Sennheiser AC3000-UHF antenna combers, they're linked to two Sennheiser A2000-UHF antennas flown above stage left and right.

Rosenberg also chose a Sennheiser EM 3032-U dual-channel UHF wireless microphone receiver working in tandem with dual Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld transmitters to meet the sonic needs of the two worship leaders, who are both featured performers in most services. The transmitters are outfitted with the optional Neumann KK 105 microphone capsule that provides premium live vocalist performance. Four Sennheiser MD441 microphones are used to capture the brass section. "The MD441s are my first choice for the trumpets and the trombone as well. The MD441s are highly regarded by every sound engineer I talked to during the planning process.”

Rosenberg also deploys four Neumann KM 184 microphones to capture the 200-member choir. Right now, the KM 184s are stand-mounted in front of the choir, but they'll soon be flown to clear floor space. "These mics have a really nice cardioid condenser signature that's great with the vocal signature of a choir," he notes. "They really bring out the 'gospel' signature of what we're presenting and the very flat frequency off-axis response helps keep the clarity of the voices."

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