Case Studies

UK Church Refurbishment Includes Sonic Upgrade with Allen & Heath

DM Music deploys dLive and SQ mix platforms and companion components to serve a variety of needs at Guildford Baptist Church
The dLive S7000 control surface at Guildford Baptist Church is primarily used for FOH duties.

Situated 30 miles southwest of London, Guildford Baptist Church recently concluded an extensive refurbishment program that included an overhaul of the audio systems in the building’s 600-seat auditorium that utilizes Allen & Heath mixing consoles and companion components supplied and installed by UK-based church AV specialists DM Music.

Specifically, DM Music implemented an Allen & Heath dLive S7000 surface and DM32 MixRack as well as a compact SQ-5 digital mixer and a pair of DT168 Dante-equipped audio expanders. Serving multiple rooms, the dLive and SQ-5 combination is used for both the church’s own services as well as for community events and concerts.

The DM32 in the rack at the church is fitted with a Dante card for connection to the DT168 expanders.

“When it came to providing a new system, we needed something that was rider-friendly for visiting engineers to use, so the dLive and SQ-5 were ideal,” explains Graham Bennewith of DM Music. “When the church hosts large-scale concerts, the dLive is used at FOH with the SQ-5 for monitor duties and for various other uses. The ability to network everything via Dante adds very valuable flexibility, and the network capabilities allow for a very joined-up and versatile system which enables the dLive and SQ-5 to be used in multiple locations around the building very easily.”

All dLive and SQ mixers include AMM (Automatic Microphone Mixing) capabilities, with the option for multiple zones to be mixed simultaneously, a capability that DM Music leveraged to assist less experienced operators. “The church was in need of a versatile audio solution that could be used in a variety of situations and by people of very different levels of experience, from professional sound engineers to church volunteers,” adds Bennewith. “Although the Allen & Heath systems are extremely powerful, we can set them up for simple operation to take care of a handful of radio mics with an automix if necessary.”

With SQ and dLive both being built on Allen & Heath’s XCVI Core, a 96 kHz FPGA engine with stated latency of 0.7 ms latency, there have been additional benefits for users at the venue. “The fact that the SQ-5 architecture makes it feel very similar to the dLive also makes it a great training platform for inexperienced users that need eventually to get hands-on with the bigger system,” concludes Bennewith. “It’s been a great solution for the church’s needs.”

Allen & Heath
DM Music


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