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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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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While many churches come to fear what level of support awaits them following an install, it became clear to the church’s production director that Lawo had no intent of leaving Granger on their own post-install.

“Not only have we been able to buy Lawo equipment, but there has been a partnership,” he noted. “They understand our workflow, and they have customized our equipment (to our needs).”

The customizations that were completed following the install resulted in the system being fully commissioned by March, according to Staires. The church’s staff had compiled a series of requested changes over three months, and Lawo representatives returned to complete them. In the interim, he added, “We weren’t limping along by any means,” before those changes were made.

“They came back to make sure what our workflow was, after which they did the customizations,” said Staires. “When we demoed other consoles, we’d ask if we could change this or that, and we would be told ‘no.’ But with the Lawo console, we were told ‘yes.’” Also, with each passing month, he noted, “With the regular updates to their software, it’s getting even better.”

As Staires acknowledged, any church that transitions to another console manufacturer, will have to contend with many changes. In particular, to how “it takes time to learn a new workflow.” Playing a significant role at lessening the learning curve, though, was Lawo, Staires pointed out.

Even after Lawo came to complete the customizations in March, an engineer returned in May. At that time, they helped for three more days of “continuing education, and more tweaks to the console,” explained Staires. That visit also including hearing, he noted, “the vision about what the future updates could be.” The three days in May was on top of the three full days of training that staff and volunteers received during the October demo period. That was soon followed up by an additional week of training during the December install. And while the system was being customized in March, three more days of training were scheduled.

With so many examples of provided training, Staires emphasized, “These were things that I didn’t ask for, or beg for. They told us, if this system is not for you, they would be OK with it.” They were not trying to push it on us. We figured out quickly that with their system, it would not only meet our needs and expectations, but exceed them.”


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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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