As part of a rebuild following damage caused by a hurricane in 2020, Bridge City United Pentecostal Church (BCUPC) in Texas decided to upgrade its 15-year-old sound system to a Dante-based approach that also incorporates 17 myMix ll personal monitor mixers interfaced with myMix Control software to provide spatial sound mixes to its praise team and musicians.
Front of house Tom Schneider, who’s been working BCUPC since 1980, notes that the church’s original IEM effort relied on a mono configuration that became a distraction for the musicians due to a lack of natural spatial content. “Since the brain has the ability to distinguish between mere milliseconds of delay in sound arrivals at left and right ears, and naturally compares or indexes information from all senses, it cannot reconcile a mono audio input against other sensory data regarding the acoustical environment,” Schneider explains.
The primary driver behind the implementation of the IEM system was the acoustical challenges caused by highly reflective surfaces in the main sanctuary. It was determined that replacing floor wedges with IEMs, together with acoustical treatment, would provide the desired intelligibility. “I did an evaluation of the top systems, but what pushed me over the threshold was myMix’s approach to providing selectable effects on each channel according to the user’s requirements,” Schneider continues.
Over the years, in fact, the musicians had grown to dislike the old IEM system so much that Schneider reverted to the floor wedges. “When I started reading myMix literature about spatiality it dawned on me that what I had observed in my team was mental fatigue, resulting from the brains’ effort to identify a left/right delay in the signals from the ears that matched the room information provided by the eyes and other senses. A delay that did not exist,” he says. “Since the brain has the ability to distinguish between mere milliseconds of delay in sound arrivals at left and right ears, and naturally compares or indexes information from all senses, it cannot reconcile a mono audio input against other sensory data regarding the acoustical environment.”
The myMix ll personal monitor mixers are integrated into the new Dante backbone along with sound treatment mounted on the walls. Soon after, the praise team and musicians were introduced to the new IEM system, which allows for personal customizations that can be transferred to different myMix stations.
“The singers like that I’m able to move their mixes around with them when they get a different mic assignment,” Schneider explains. “A number of the team members have commented how clear it is, they described the sound as perfect. Some said they didn’t want to ever go back to the floor wedges.
“The myMix approach to providing intuitive mix options with stereo and spatial effects on each channel according to the user’s selection was precisely what I wanted,” he concludes. “Since my goal is to get out of the monitor mixing business, I looked for an IEM system that the user absolutely controls without my involvement, so I can focus exclusively on the front of house and broadcast Mix. With myMix I can do exactly that.”