For Lawo, First Console Install in a Church a Rousing Success

Since Granger Community Church in Indiana installed two consoles prior to Christmas, a 'partnership' has blossomed.

Granger Production Director Tony Staires works on the Lawo mc²56 front of house console during a recent worship service at the church in Granger, Indiana. The console was installed at the church in December.

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GRANGER, Ind. – When it comes to deciding on a new digital audio console, churches will often turn to a half-dozen high-end manufacturers as their only viable options when looking to make that next long-term investment.

Beginning in late 2015, Granger Community Church started to investigate how to best upgrade their trio of consoles. The search was on at WFX in Nashville that November, noted Granger’s Production Director Tony Staires, after getting “the go ahead to look for new consoles” from the church’s leadership.

Having had a trio of consoles for about 10 years at Granger, the church’s system had become “outdated,” and “it was time” for an upgrade to Lawo consoles.

At that point, he said the church’s system then “was outdated. We have a lifecycle at Granger that is about 10 years, so it was time. To us, (our previous consoles were) 10 years old. But they were a few years older than that, as they were demo models, about 13 years old.”

In Nashville, after stopping by a conference booth for of one of the well-known console manufacturers that serve the church market, Staires visited a neighboring booth out of curiosity.

That booth was operated by Lawo, well-known for being a leader in the professional broadcast field, and headquartered in Germany. Only in recent years has Lawo begun branching out, offering technical solutions for worship spaces.

Shortly after the conference, he said, “Lawo called us right back. They were very honest with what they could offer. They talked to us about what their consoles could do, the quality of their consoles, and how they are better than other consoles out there.”

In the ensuing months, Staires and other members of the Granger Community Church staff continued to be on the lookout for the right console manufacturer for their church. That included traveling to other churches to listen to various manufacturers’ consoles.

With no Lawo console having yet been installed at a church, Staires traveled to New York City to hear to a Lawo desk at a recording studio. He also found himself impressed upon learning the company’s consoles were used last year during the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Upon narrowing their prospects down to two console manufacturers, Granger coordinated demo periods last year with both. The first demo was with a competing company’s desk over the summer, followed by a Lawo console last October.

“We knew it’d be very important to us, to have the manufacturers allow us to demo (their desks),” replied Staires. “That was the deciding factor, to how it sounded in our space.”


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Andres Caamano is the site editor for Worship Tech Director, which aims to inform tech directors, audio, video or lighting directors, creative directors, music directors and worship leaders about the latest technology, while also bringing to the forefront some of the most notable examples of leadership and completed projects that can be of benefit to houses of worship of all sizes. Andres joined WTD in 2015, and is focused on taking an engaged approach to the market; one that is encouraging, creative and set toward ministry purpose.
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The November-December 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a review of the 49 New Product Award entries this year, as well as those entries up for Solomon Awards in 2017.


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