SSL L300 Console Raises the Bar at Northside Christian Church

'When we heard the sound quality (of the L300 console), we could tell that was the direction we wanted to go.'

SSL L300 Console Raises the Bar at Northside Christian Church
Northside Christian Church administrator Ted Roberts, with the new SSL L300 live console. For a typical Northside service, there is a combination of live music and spoken word, with the L300 tasked to run both FOH, while the monitor feeds to an Aviom in-ear monitoring system.
SSL L300 Console Raises the Bar at Northside Christian Church
Northside Christian Church administrator Ted Roberts, with the new SSL L300 live console. For a typical Northside service, there is a combination of live music and spoken word, with the L300 tasked to run both FOH, while the monitor feeds to an Aviom in-ear monitoring system.

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New Albany, Ind. — For Northside Christian Church, the recent purchase of a Solid State Logic L300 live console was one of the latest steps in an ongoing project to update the worship space’s gear.

Growing from its small beginnings, the church, which began in a small basement more than 45 years ago, has grown to serve more than 5,000 congregants each weekend.

Helping to decide on the right console for Northside was administrator Ted W. Roberts.

“It’s very different when you work with only one or two key department heads and then everybody else is a volunteer. They have to be set up for success,” said Roberts. “If you don’t provide the right tools for the job, the volunteers can’t enjoy it, because they sense imminent failure all the time.”

For Nic Braune, the technical coordinator who works with the church’s sound system, the upgrade has been a notable improvement since it was installed in October.

“It’s a much warmer sound and it makes a louder sound, without it hitting people as being harsh,” said Braune. “One of the selling points is that it is a fairly modular console, and I see it as something that will last for many years.”

When Roberts arrived at Northside about five years ago, the church was already using a digital console, but it was largely underutilized, because of its complex interface.

“They had barely scratched the surface of the console,” Roberts noted. “There wasn’t anyone who used the console effectively, because it got dicey so quickly. Everybody quit touching it - only using it at the surface level.”

Under such circumstances, the church recognized the need for change. Over a period of about a week more than four months ago, the install of a new console was completed between a Monday and Friday, to avoid any cancellation of services. In addition to the install, the staff fit in training on the L300 during that same week, said Braune.

Acknowledging that the purchase of the church’s next high-end console would have to be seen “as an investment,” impacting “everything that we do in our primary mission, every week,” explained Roberts, Northside arranged for a demo at the church of the Solid State Logic console when the staff was still in the decision-making process.


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