Mount Hope Church in Lansing, MI is utilizing one of its two Waves eMotion LV1 live mixers, joined by Waves plugins, for broadcasting the church’s worship sermons.
“We have two LV1 systems in use in our broadcast studio and the second in our road system,” notes Dave Berry, media and tech associate of the church. “Our first LV1 rig started out for our livestream, then we pulled it to use for front of house during a long weekend statewide youth conference, and then back to broadcast. Its timing back to broadcast was rather strange, since that was when the COVID-19 quarantine in Michigan began, and the LV1 has been an incredible solution during this crazy time.
“We decided that we needed a long-term, cost-effective solution that had crazy flexibility and ease of use but with amazing sound,” he continues. “In addition, sound quality out of the box has to be number-one, and flexibility has to be second. We only used out-of-the-box plugins and ran a full-band production with in-ear monitors, and it sounded amazing. The best part was that I felt so confident that the techs could run, patch, and troubleshoot any issues that I didn’t feel the need to stick around. The point is that there is a younger generation that is more comfortable with two screens than they are with any large-size console. That is what the LV1 offers. Is that unique? In my opinion yes, and it’s very smart on the part of Waves.”
The church runs a full Dante audio network that was in place prior to the LV1. Conversion for the mixer is done via a DiGiCo Orange Box to Waves SoundGrid. “When it comes to networking and portability the LV1 is super simple,” Berry says. Get a supported switch, plug in, and go. I’ve seen systems with very expensive switches and some, like ours, with a $100 switch, and guess what? They sound the same. Our Waves SoundGrid Extreme Server and Orange Box are actually in our control room about 300 feet from where we mix broadcast, without issue. Another big point for networking is the ability to remote into the system and control or troubleshoot with a mobile system. This is a key part of our ‘tech in a box’ solution for mobile campuses, and the ability to help a volunteer remotely and train them is priceless.”