First Redeemer Church Finds A Heavenly Solution In New Wireless Microphone Systems
CUMMING, GA—In only 12 short years, Eulises Canada has become a widely known and deeply respected producer and vocalist in the Christian music industry. His extensive work in the studio and on the road have also shaped him into a discerning sound engineer. So when Canada joined First Redeemer Church in Cumming, GA as creative arts director, he initiated several technical upgrades to the audio system that would dramatically increase the impact and beauty of the church’s services. Chief among them was a complete replacement of the existing wireless microphone systems with Sennheiser ew 165 G2 handheld microphone and ew 112 G2 lavalier transmitter/receiver systems.
Two main buildings reside on First Redeemer’s campus. The first contains a 2,000-seat sanctuary in which a full orchestra and a 200-voice choir deliver a blended service every weekend with Pastor Dr. Richard Lee. The service is broadcast throughout the country via the “There’s Hope America” network. The second building contains classrooms, student facilities, a family center, and smaller auditoriums where, for example, the youth band performs.
“RF has always been an issue in the church market,” Canada said. “With Sennheiser, it’s easy on both their entrylevel and high-end lines—I just look at the frequency band within the selector and pick a different frequency!”
First Redeemer Church in Cumming, GA switched to Sennheiser evolution wireless systems for superior RF switching capabilities and improved sonic performance. direction, the church now has 25 Sennheiser wireless channels split almost evenly between the ew 112 G2 lavaliers and the ew 165 G2 handhelds. Most of the systems serve the main sanctuary, but others reside with the youth band and the classrooms. Canada coordinated their frequencies by first finding an open channel for one system and then using the “auto search” feature for the remaining systems. They’ve remained rock solid ever since, even amid the RF chaos of nearby Atlanta.
In addition to their flexibility, the new creative arts director likes the sound of the Sennheiser systems. “The 865 super-cardioid condenser capsule does a great job at bending to the faults of a weak singer so they come off sounding better, perhaps, than they really are,” he said. “At the same time, strong singers sound exceptional, even with very little processing.” When he needs to, Canada switches out the stock 865 capsule for Sennheiser capsules with different polar patterns or frequency responses.
Canada’s other large purchase was a Digidesign Venue console to wrestle 96 inputs from stage and elegantly interface them with a Pro Tools system capable of recording or playing 120 channels. By recording every channel, the Venue gives him the chance to do “virtual sound check” between services.