SSL L500 delivers the music and the message
Thursday, 23 March 2017
sslcrossroadschurchprTechnical director and FOH engineer Tyler DeYoung with the SSL L500 at FOH in the main auditorium
USA - Crossroads Christian Church has been growing in Corona, California, since it was founded in 1892. Now occupying a large, multifaceted campus including a modern 2500-capacity Main Worship Centre, the church welcomes around 7000 attendees every weekend to enjoy its message, and the sophisticated live show that frames it.
Tyler DeYoung is the technical director and FOH engineer at Crossroads, and has recently specified an SSL Live L500 digital audio console for FOH duties, which was supplied by systems integrator CCI Solutions.
"As well as the three services in the main auditorium, that space is also regularly rented out for music events and used for other special church events, explains DeYoung. "We run about 48 inputs every weekend - full drum kit, tracks, keyboards, two guitars, bass, five vocals, and a couple of acoustic guitars. On top of that we might add strings, horns, or more singers, depending on need."
The facility is currently fitted with 96 channels of SSL stagebox I/O to ensure plenty of capacity, whatever the challenge.
DeYoung's approach to sound at Crossroads is about providing impact, while being mindful of the message. "You'd probably say our services are on the louder side," he notes. "We don't want to hurt anybody, but we want it to feel full . . . Big. We want it to be exciting so no one will be afraid to sing out."
The SSL L500 provides both the PA and the broadcast / record mix from a service. For the main mix, DeYoung uses a basic set-up of input channels and VCA groups, while the broadcast mix is created from a set of post-fader stem groups - a special buss type that can be routed to anywhere (including more Stems), from one of six different feed points on any path.
(Jim Evans)

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