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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“Lawo gave us a console for two weeks, but we also had an engineer for three days (from Lawo) walk us through the demo,” explained Staires.

Even when acknowledging the prospect how being the first church to install a Lawo console might be seen as risky to some, “Their level of professionalism, honesty and openness, telling us what their desk could do, we felt really good about it,” he said.

Having the flexibility and expandability that exists with the Lawo consoles was a crucial factor, noted Staires.

“The channel count was huge to us. With other desks, you can quickly get limited in terms of channel count. With theirs, though, the sky’s the limit,” he said. In addition, he found how the mc²56 and mc²36 consoles interact within the network was another factor in their decision.

“The (Lawo) desk just sounds amazing,” Staires replied. “It is one of the few desks, in my 17 years of mixing that has made me say ‘Wow.’”

In the months since the install, it continues to impress on a regular basis, he noted. “With the type of worship environment that we have, we have to have consoles that are very flexible, and they have done that really well.

If there was any question on “how (the mc²36 and mc²56 console) would function in a live church environment, at every turn, the consoles rose to the occasion. Our volunteers love them, we love the flexibility, and how we can configure it in different configurations,” Staires explained.

The goal was to do the install prior to Christmas, he said, adding, “We got it completed in a week. It was the week before our biggest service on Christmas Eve. It went really well.”

And during that week, the work at the church, founded in 1986, was completed without needing an integrator. The project was done with the church’s staff pairing up with an engineer from Lawo.

Staires outlined that the work was squeezed between two weekends, preventing any service delays or cancellations. By Thursday of the install week, enough work was finalized for the church to hold its regularly scheduled rehearsal that night.

When asked whether there were any challenges with the install, particularly since the install was done without an integrator, Staires commented, “Installing our old equipment (10 years ago) was harder than this new equipment. There were some initial challenges with them customizing, specifically the (mc²36) monitor desk to function for a live environment, but they were quickly able to resolve those issues.”


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Worship Facilities Magazine, September-October 2017
The September-October 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a glance at a Granger Community Church, and their recent install of a Lawo audio mixing console system.


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