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SoundGrid® for Houses of Worship

Oct 17, 2011 | 16,822 Views

FOH mixing engineer Brian Petersen provides an overview of how he uses Waves SoundGrid® in a live church setting with a Yamaha digital console and Waves plugins.

"I’m currently working with Walt Harrah and the Songs of Grace community in Los Angeles. I’ve engineered or assisted for bands and artists like Delirious, Andrew Peterson, Phil Keaggy, Caleb Quaye, Shai Linne, Todd Agnew Audio Adrenaline, Kutless, Catalyst, and Sonic Flood. I also run sound and record for Biola concerts and conferences with groups like the King’s Men."

""For mixing and records, I use Neve, SSL, and Avid consoles. For live sound mixing, I currently use a Yamaha M7Cl 48 with the Waves SoundGrid® Compact System at Grace EV Free. I use the M7 console to simultaneously send 32 channels to Pro Tools for live recording, in addition to mixing for video for web distribution."

"The Waves SSL Channel Strips and the Renaissance Compressor sound great on anything, I use the PIE Compressor and the API 2500 on guitars, and the C4 Multiband Compressor on drums. I use the H-Delay for vocal delays and effects. The DeEsser works great on vocals along with the CLA-76, CLA-2A, and CLA-3A."

"Using Waves plugins is a great help because I am constantly moving back and forth from live sound to the studio and I really benefit from using the same tools in both areas. Waves also provides better quality sound processing than the standard dynamics and sounds in a stock console by offering modeling and signature sounds of some of my favorite vintage gear that I can use in a digital live sound console."

"I’ve mixed in every venue from a reggae dance club to a church, so it changes with each genre and location. I always hope to ensure that the lyrics can be heard while maintaining a great mix. Of course, that changes for every venue and genre so it’s important to have the appropriate bass, highs, and energy in a mix for each style of music you are mixing. Engineering in a live worship setting is a unique experience because you have to make room in your mix for thousands of people to sing along."

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