Greg Labruzzi, Cowser Marketing; Joe Smart, Covenant Communications; Andrew Probstfield and Nathan Wells, Second Baptist West Campus audio; Tyler Boyle, Second Baptist West Campus lighting; Taidus Vallandi, DiGiCo; Shawn Mullins, Covenant Communications;
USA - Christmas services this past December never sounded better at Second Baptist Church's 400,000sq.ft West Campus in Houston thanks to a recent audio system upgrade to two DiGiCo SD5 consoles. Installed by local HOW systems integrator Covenant Communications, the new consoles replace a pair of legacy DiGiCo D5 Live FOH and monitor desks for the church's 5,000-seat "in-the-round" worship centre, which also televises its lively services.

Second Baptist Global tech director Mark Sepulveda notes that after seven years of duty, the time had come to retire the previous consoles and make an upgrade. "The SD5s were chosen based on what our team thought were the best overall live audio consoles on the market that continued to give us superior audio with the DiGiCo brand, continued ease of hands-on functionality, easy firmware updates that will continue to add new features in the coming years, and the ability of the SD software to integrate with Waves SoundGrid for a seamless plug-in experience," he says.

Covenant Communications has largely handled Second Baptist's audio/video/lighting needs for the past four years, and the eventual upgrade choice came after considering various options. "I put a few things in front of Mark," notes Joe Smart, Covenant's sales manager. "Our role is to be objective; it's not an emotional decision, but one to find the best solutions for them." The SD5's flexibility was perfectly suited for the church's typical need for a quick "flip around to different worship styles" - from traditional to high-energy contemporary sound - and "recording audio for future TV broadcast," notes Smart.

In addition to the two new desks that went into Second Baptist's West Campus, the Woodway Main Campus very recently upgraded its monitor mix position with the church's third new DiGiCo SD5. Commenting on this Sepulveda adds, "We have plans to bring the remaining campuses up to date within the DiGiCo family of consoles in a systematic, as-needed upgrade over the next few years."

(Jim Evans)

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