The church commissioned a full overhaul of its audio systems to improve speech intelligibility
Hungary - An Allen & Heath Live digital mixing system has been installed in the Great Reformed Church in Debrecen, Hungary. The historic neoclassical church has a footprint of some 1,500sq.m and a capacity of 5,000, including 3,000 seated.

The church commissioned a full overhaul of its audio systems to improve speech intelligibility, to accommodate broadcast of services and performances by its worship band. The brief called for a system that was capable of 'one button' operation for regular services, whilst having the flexibility to handle patching to and from multiple areas of the church, multitrack recording and broadcast feeds.

Krisztian Varga from Hungarian pro audio specialist, Audmax, designed the solution, with a modular Allen & Heath iLive iDR10 MixRack at its core, feeding a discreet white L-Acoustics Kiva system for the main arrays and L-Acoustics 5XT speakers for additional speakers.

During normal operation the iDR10 is controlled with a single Allen & Heath PL-10 remote controller, customized with large green and red buttons. For daily operation the pastor simply needs to push the green button to run the system in normal mode, allowing limited control over their mic and the main PA.

In concert situations the system can be extended with a mobile iLive T-80 Surface and iDR-32 MixRack. The system can also be controlled discreetly via the iLive MixPad iPad app or with a laptop running iLive Editor software. For the largest projects the iDR-32 and iDR10 can be connected to operate as a single dual-rack system, controlled by the T-80 Surface.

Pastor Csongor Széles expressed his satisfaction with the solution provided by AudMax, "The new audio system is amazing, the automation behind the big green button and the invisibility of the mixing system is astonishing."

(Jim Evans)

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