Many churches today are looking to bring the vibe of their live service into the world of web streaming. In a bit of a unique twist, Summit View Church in Vancouver, Washington looked to bring the post-production audio quality of polished pre-recorded web services to their live in-person services. After much research around the best way to move forward with this audio improvement project, they decided to jump right to it—tearing out their old system and starting fresh with an Allen & Heath ecosystem as the audio backbone.
Pairing an Allen & Heath dLive S7000 at front of house (with a DM64 MixRack) and a dLive C2500 in their broadcast suite (with a DM0 MixRack), Summit View selected the Allen & Heath AHM-64 as the central hub of the system. In its role as the central audio processing matrix, AHM-64 is controlled via a purpose-designed Custom Control app to enable single-tap iPad scene switching for Sunday morning services, scaled down mid-week events, AirPlay audio playback, key dLive console functions, and more. Custom Control is a free customizable cross-platform control app, providing control over Allen & Heath AHM-64, dLive and Avantis installed audio systems. Created using free Custom Control editor software (macOS / Windows), any device running the Custom Control app can now log into the system with a given authorized user profile, at which point the correct user interface is instantly downloaded and displayed.
“The AHM-64 was such a pleasant surprise,” notes Roy Fisher, Contractor, Black Collar Productions. “We bought it as a systems processor, but it ended up being so much more than that. It became integral as the inevitable ‘scope creep’ from the church staff and tech crew brought in additional control needs like the IP-1 wall controllers, increasingly complex signal routing, more channels here, more outputs there. AHM handled it all with ease. No dealing with complex coding or costly licenses, we just dove into Custom Control editor and created cool control interfaces for the system in no time.”
Like its dLive, Avantis, and SQ Series brethren, AHM-64 deploys next-generation FPGA technology, bringing acclaimed Allen & Heath sound quality and sub-millisecond latency to installation. The 64x64 audio engine has the power to deliver far more processing than the usual open architecture platforms, including 8-band PEQ, gate, compressor and delay on all input channels, and 8-band PEQ / 30-band GEQ, compressor, ANC, source selector, limiter and delay on all zone outputs. An AHM-64 system can be controlled using a wide range of remote controllers, GPIO and 3rd party devices. With support for 64×64 Dante and Waves networked audio and up to 96 IP remote controllers, venues like Summit View Church can continue to scale as the AV needs of the church grow.
Matt Robertson, Owner, Black Collar Productions, added, “There are a lot of matrix boxes out there that look ok on paper. But AHM-64 not only handily covered the tech spec side of things, it delivered the post-production-quality audio goal we were all striving for. One of the main FOH engineers for the church said that it felt like he just put on glasses for the first time, never realizing he had a sight problem. The audio quality difference is really that extreme. We all were hearing detail and clarity we’d never heard before. Running everything at 96kHz with great preamps and with the real-deal audio engine in the AHM makes a huge difference. When sound quality is at the top of your requirements list, AHM-64 is the answer.”