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Your Church PA (Pt2)

In ‘Your Church PA’ we get a peek into some of the audio/production setups at local churches in South Africa. We get to ogle over some photos of gear, share ideas, and learn from the wisdom and experience of those techs who keep the systems running week-to-week! For more detail look here.

This week – Dean Wilke from Olive Tree Church shares their setup with us.

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“Like most churches our system has evolved quite a lot over the years. This year saw a massive overhaul of our stage and drum booth.

At the moment we are running 4 QSC K12 speakers (2 downstairs and 2 for our balcony) and 2 K Subs mounted between the two K12s on each side. All of those are running through a DBX Driverack PX. We mix on a Presonus StudioLive 24.4.2 desk. Our stage and hall are too small for wedge monitors so we run an in-ear monitoring system. We recently upgraded for the Hearbacks to the Behringer Powerplay system. A Powerplay P16I rack by our desk and 7 Powerplay P16M mixing modules on stage running through CAT5 cables.

We moved and rebuilt our stage earlier this year and decided to use stage boxes at strategic points on the stage with XLR, Jack and CAT5 connections in them. We had these custom built and have proven to be one of best investments. Under the stage we are running Klotz microphone cable and Mogami instrument cable. The instrument cables are for electric guitars and go into an amp room to the side of our stage.

We also had a double-pane glass drum booth built after realising the Clearsonic one we had just wasn’t cutting it in our small hall. It has been amazing from a mixing point of view. It has given us way more control over the drums and has allowed us to get a much cleaner mix.

And that’s the gist of our setup. We’ve tried to keep it fairly simple while still aiming for great sound quality.”


Your Church PA!

Yay! This is it! Starting tomorrow… ‘Your Church PA!’

I’ve always been excited about church-techs working together, and learning from each other. I’d like to think we are all part of the same body after all, and that essentially we are dealing with the same challenges every weekend! I also love tech. The gear, the complications, the stories, and mostly – the ingenuity of people getting the problem solved.

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I have been feeling really strongly about trying to find a way to better connect local church-techs, as well hearing about their specific enviroments, and learning from they experiences… So I mailed a few church techs I have worked with over the years, and ‘Your Church PA’ was born.

I would love to hear about your church too – so please feel free to email me a few pictures of your church technical setup, with a short description of the setup, as well as some of your greatest successes, and your biggest headaches. (matt@grace.za.org)