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Orlando-Based Church Upgrades System Performance with Dante-Integrated Yamaha TF-RACK

New mixer interfaces with TF Series console at front of house, assists with virtual sound check, personal mixing for musicians and more.
Worship pastor Jose Cano Rivera, with the new Yamaha TF-RACK at Centro Cristiano Restauración in Orlando.

Jose Cano Rivera, a worship pastor at Centro Cristiano Restauración in Orlando, recently updated his audio capabilities with the addition of Yamaha TF-RACK compact rack-mount digital mixer with Audinate Dante networking connectivity.

Previously, Rivera served as an audiovisual manager in the production industry as well as working as a sound engineer and producer in studios for many Latin Christian artists. He’s been a dedicated pastor since 2003.

With Dante capability available within the TF-RACK, Rivera takes advantage of the opportunity to send the channels in a digital form to the FOH console: “Since both the TF-Rack and the FOH TF console have slot to fit a Dante card to send data to the FOH TF via Cat-5e, I can avoid cable noise and reduce the number of analog snake cables in my stage area.”

In addition, he discovered the console’s ability to conduct a virtual sound check via Dante’s virtual sound card audio interface. During services, he groups the channels of his sequences by dividing them into loops, vocals, instruments, bass and click for improved channel management. These channels are assigned to DCAs for added control and a digital output to send via Dante to FOH.

“I figured out the TF could read the inputs and outputs of my DAW. As soon as I connected the TF-RACK to my PC computer, it immediately recognized it as an audio device,” Rivera explains. “The sound response and processing capacity I have available for playback of my sequences are impressive.”

In the past, the church had used a separate system for creating personal monitor mixes; specifically, for musicians to monitor their own mixes of the FOH mix, drums, SEQ, vocals, guitars, bass, keys, director and click.

“Using the TF-Rack, I receive those mixes through Dante now to create my own monitor system, assigning them to channels in the TF-Rack,” Rivera notes. “This gives me the opportunity to remove my Aviom device and create my personal monitor mix in my area. Musicians can use the Monitor Mix app to control their own mixes independent of FOH via the phone app.”

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Dante replaces point-to-point audio and video connections with easy-to-use, scalable, flexible networking. Adopted by hundreds of manufacturers in thousands of professional products, Dante is the de facto standard for modern AV connectivity.