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Florida’s Mosaic Church Adds Second KLANG:fabrik To Increase Channel Count & Processing Power

Upgrade allows church’s dozen vocalists and musicians to customize their personal monitoring while helping to take some of the workload off the front of house engineer.
The audio engineer controls the KLANG:app on a tablet at front of house at Mosaic Church in Winter Garden, FL.

In light of the pandemic, Mosaic Church (Winter Garden, FL) has had to limit the number of — and attendance at — its Sunday gatherings, but the church’s sizable music complement for those services continues with enhanced capabilities due to the recent addition of a second KLANG:fabrik immersive in-ear monitor system.

In December 2017, following the renovation of a 78,000-square-foot former big-box store into its new main sanctuary, Mosaic Church acquired its first KLANG:fabrik system, installed by Altamonte Springs-based integrator AVnew. The addition of the second unit further expands what the performers on stage can accomplish and lightens the load on the sound system’s front-of-house engineer, who previously ran some of the monitor mixes from the house console.

“We had been running two dozen channels and eight wireless mixes off of the first KLANG:fabrik unit, with another four musicians on stage hard-wired off an aux buss on the console,” says Jeff Amato, manager of the church’s production and technology team. “We only do Sunday gatherings and don’t do rehearsals during the week—just on Sunday mornings—so we wanted to expand the number of user-controlled mixes onstage and give everyone the ability to quickly and reliably fine-tune their own mixes. The KLANG:fabrik has been amazing for that, and now, with two units cascaded, we’re up to twenty-nine channels with EQ filtering across twelve mixes, with each KLANG unit driving six of those mixes.”

Mosaic’s worship team often features 12 performers onstage.

Gil Parente, CEO of AVnew, says the KLANG:fabrik is a good fit for churches like Mosaic, which has a high-energy worship-music style. “They wanted a better stage experience for their musicians, giving them the ability to create even more customized monitoring environments for each of them and doing so with a very user-friendly interface,” he says. “Those two things, combined with the quality of the immersive sound the KLANG:fabrik provides, made it the perfect choice.”

The KLANG:fabrik systems are connected to the church’s existing SSL L200 front-of-house console via Dante, which is native to the KLANG units. “That kind of digital integration with the console is also great from both an installation and operational point of view,” adds Parente, who says he has also integrated the same device into other area churches, including Orlando’s Whole Life Church.

Amato says several features of the KLANG:fabrik have further helped the music side of their worship. For instance, the Engineer cue mode allows the user to engage a dedicated external output and send an entire mix for monitoring off stage.

Vocalists can control their IEM mixes with the app.

“I can tap into someone on the stage’s mix and it sends me just their IEM mix output, so I can listen in and help them make adjustments without me needing to go onstage and without interrupting the rest of a rehearsal,” Amato explains. “Not everyone onstage has the musical or engineering experience to dial in a well-balanced mix, and Engineer mode lets me work with them one-on-one to do that if they need support.”

In addition, an EQ filter allows users to dial in and preset tonality on each channel. “Using the EQ filters helps a lot in cleaning up the mixes,” he says. “For instance, we can attenuate the unnecessary low frequencies on a vocalist’s microphone, which can help clean up the overall mixes. And the KLANG units also take a lot of the workload off of the FOH engineer. Every user can have a starting baseline saved as a preset, which eliminates a lot of the grunt work in getting a service or rehearsal started and lets the house engineer focus on the room. The KLANG:fabrik has really increased the efficiency of our workflow, but it’s also enhanced how we operate as a worship team.”

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