Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church in Lexington, SC has updated the larger of its two sanctuaries — a 1,900-seat sanctuary used for contemporary worship — with a DiGiCo Quantum338 console installed and commissioned by Clark, an Atlanta-based design/build firm.
The church constructed a $17 million auditorium that opened in 2015 on its 70-acre campus. At that time, the venue was outfitted with high-level audio-visual capabilities, including a pair of DiGiCo SD9 consoles as front of house mixers for the church’s east and west worship spaces, used for contemporary and traditional types of services, respectively.
Clark also integrated two DiGiCo SD-Racks with 32-bit “Ultimate Stadius” mic preamps and one SD-MiNi Rack in the church’s video production room as part of the recent project. “We’ve had two DiGiCo SD9 consoles here for a while now and we really like the DiGiCo ecosystem and software, which works very well with our style and workflow, so it made sense to stay with DiGiCo,” explains Mt. Horeb UMC production manager and lead audio engineer Seth Ely. “At the same time, we know DiGiCo really stays at the leading edge of this technology, so we knew the Quantum338 would also keep us there, too.”
Ely, who adds that the SD9 formerly at FOH in the auditorium is now being used to mix monitors there, says what the church looked at were the SD10 and SD5 Series and realized that the new Quantum338 offered more advanced features but with a similarly compact footprint and same basic work surface and workflow as the SD9 desks they already were familiar with.
“The Quantum338 came along and it was a perfect balance of those two things,” he says. “Also, our auditorium is a larger space, and the types of services we do there can vary considerably, so we needed as much flexibility as possible from a FOH console. The Quantum338 has plenty of that.”
Clark’s Brian Morrison adds, “The challenge for this project was that the auditorium also hosts some very big touring concerts with some well-known Christian music performers, as well as the church’s Christmas and Easter shows. In addition, the worship leader was considering adding some additional musicians onstage for their Sunday services. The SD9 is a great console, but it was reaching its input and output limit, so the Quantum3 38 was the perfect solution for them at this time.”
The Quantum338 desk is on an Optocore fiber loop, which makes access to the FOH and monitor consoles and the auditorium’s d&b audiotechnik PA system simpler for visiting artists and engineers. “They can plug directly into the stage pockets and access the ‘Stadius’ 32-bit mic pres in the racks and the console on the network,” Morrison concludes. “Quantum gives the church the flexibility they need as they grow while also providing a workflow they were used to, and it hit a price point that they wanted to stay within. It was right on target in every way.”