Personal Monitoring for Houses of Worship
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MESSAGE
Worship music is a key element of contemporary services, and it's important that the message in the music is as clear as possible for your congregation.
Effective personal monitoring delivers two benefits to greatly improve the overall quality of the performance:
LOWER STAGE LEVELS
Low sound levels on the stage result in a better quality of the front-of-house (FoH) mix for your congregation, with consistent sound throughout the sanctuary.
OPTIMAL MONITOR MIXES
Musicians perform to their best when they have a great monitor mix, allowing them to focus on engaging with the congregation.
The more noise there is on the stage, the harder it is to achieve a balanced and clear mix for your congregation throughout the sanctuary.
THE SILENT STAGE
Digital drums, amplifier modellers, and other “silent” technologies that minimise stage levels have become a common sight on HoW stages, but their effectiveness relies on the performers being able to hear a balanced mix in their monitors.
The growing popularity of in-ear-monitors (IEMs) for performers is also driving down on-stage levels. IEMs eliminate the risk of feedback on stage, allow clearer mixes for the musicians without adding to the on-stage level, and gift performers the freedom to move around and better engage with the congregation.
The movement towards silent stages emphasises the importance of musicians monitor mixes, and the positive impact it can have on their performance.
THE TRADITIONAL WAY
The traditional method involves the FoH engineer, or a dedicated Monitor console and engineer, creating a mix for each musician.
These mixes require constant monitoring and tweaking throughout the performance, so it can be a demanding job.
Not every HoW has the luxury of a dedicated monitor engineer and console, and volunteers or less technical operators may struggle with the fast-paced demands of multiple performers and the constant monitoring of levels to safeguard the ears of the musicians.
HOUSE OF WORSHIP: THERE'S A BETTER WAY
With digital mixers becoming the standard in houses of worship, and performers embracing IEMs and quieter on-stage levels, the traditional method of monitor mixing may not be the best option for contemporary services, especially if trained/experienced operators are not available.
Allen & Heath offer solutions for personal monitoring especially suited to the requirements of Houses of Worship, allowing the performers to control their onstage mix and freeing the FoH engineer to craft the best mix for the congregation.
GIVE PERFORMERS CONTROL WITH THE ME PERSONAL MIXING SYSTEM
The ME Personal Mixing System puts the worship musician in control of their own monitor mix with a compact mixer, connected via CAT5, that can be easily mounted on a microphone stand within arm’s reach, and out of harm’s way.
Performers simply connect their monitor, whether that’s IEMs, headphones, or even a wedge, to the output of the ME mixer and they’re ready to go. An integrated limiter ensures the musicians ears are protected from any unexpected signal peaks, such as an accidentally dropped mic.
User presets can be used to store settings for different performers who want to save their carefully crafted mixes, or to provide a “starting point” for new performers. Presets can also be saved to a USB thumb-drive so they can be moved between mixers easily.
ME mixers can be powered via an external power supply, or via PoE to minimise the number of cables running across the stage.
MIX AND MATCH
A choice of two ME mixers ensures the performers have access to the appropriate level of control, and with no limit to the number of ME mixers on a system it is easy to configure a setup reflecting the needs of your worship performers.
Band leaders and regular performers need maximum flexibility, especially when new songs are added to the set and guests join the band for one-off performances.
For these stalwart performers, the ME-1 is the natural choice.
Some musicians just want simple hands-on control of their levels with minimal setup time.
The ME-500 is the perfect choice for occasional or non-technical performers.
ME-U is a touring grade, 10 port PoE hub providing power and audio to multiple ME-1 and/or ME-500 personal mixers.
It can also be used to interface ME Personal Mixers with non-Allen & Heath digital mixing systems.
APPS FOR PERFORMERS
The Allen & Heath dLive, Avantis, SQ and Qu digital mixers all offer personal monitoring apps, allowing performers to control their personal mix from an iPhone (SQ, Qu), iPad (dLive, Avantis) or Android (SQ, Qu).
Additionally, dLive and Avantis users can use Custom Control to build custom, cross-platform monitoring apps.
When using apps for personal monitor mixing, the performers IEM transmitters are connected to outputs on the mixer, or audio expander, reducing clutter on the stage.
Connect a Wi-Fi router to the network port on your mixer, open the app and the performers are ready to start building their personal mix.
The apps allow performers to change levels without affecting the FoH mix in your church, or the levels of other musicians.
If the musician makes a mess of their personal mix, the engineer can take control from the mixer and get things back under control.
IP6: THE ULTIMATE HANDS-ON CONTROL
For the ultimate in tactile personal mixing, the IP6 controller can be configured to give the worship performer control over multiple parameters making it ideal for wireless IEMs fed from mixer outputs.
IP controller configurations can be changed via Scenes, and the engineer can always gain control of the performers Mix if required.
A WIN FOR EVERYONE
The benefits of effective personal monitoring in houses of worship are wide-ranging and improve the experience for everyone:
Clearer, higher quality sound throughout the venue.
Less stress and responsibility.
The personalised mix they need to perform to their best, week after week.
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