Visionary Church Inspires Congregation Onsite and Online Using New Dante AV Network Video Platform – rAVe [PUBS]
PORTLAND, Oregon, May 26, 2022 — Established in 1932, City Church of Madison, Wisconsin, has a striking modernist exterior and a spacious 800-seat modern sanctuary with full stage and audio-visual production capabilities. For years, City Church has relied on live stage productions supported by multiple large video projection screens, professional lighting, and a full professional audio quality sound system to engage the congregation. But in the face of the growing scope and vision of church audiovisual productions, City Church recently completed a substantial systems upgrade by designing and installing an all-new production workflow based on Dante audio. and the new Dante AV network video platform.
“We have always believed in using technology to eliminate distractions and deliver our message in a clear, compelling and engaging way,” said Nathan Rohde, worship pastor, City Church. “We just completed a complete overhaul of the entire sanctuary so we can now integrate audio and video seamlessly into our church, educational institutions and online.”
Rohde explained that the church needed to advance its capabilities on several fronts. The church had reached the limits of its existing technology. The quality of production in the sanctuary needed to be improved and the full audio-visual content needed to be shared more widely throughout the church. Management also wanted a better way to bring the same quality of their live productions to their streaming services.
“While researching potential network solutions, we came across Dante AV and Patton’s Dante AV-enabled encoders. It felt like the direction we needed to go,” said Ryan Schaub, a tech volunteer at City Church. “The flexible scalability that an IP-based AV network system provides is light years beyond analog cabling. The more we learned about the Dante ecosystem, the more we realized it was what we needed.
The Dante Platform is a complete AV-over-IP solution that transports audio, video, and control data over standard 1 Gb Ethernet networks. Supported in over 3,000 Dante-enabled products from over 500 manufacturers, Dante replaces point-to-point analog and digital connections with software routing, effortlessly sending AV channels anywhere on the network with perfect digital fidelity. Dante AV brings the power of Dante to network video, delivering 4K60 4:4:4 video with ultra-low latency over a 1GB network, and offers perfect synchronization with Dante audio.
City Church CTO Macky Mikunda and his team converted their entire workflow to an IP-based Dante AV network. Instead of unplugging and plugging cables into patchbays, they now route all signals using Dante Controller software. What used to take a long time to set up is now done quickly with direct digital network connectivity, rather than daisy chaining systems and losing signal quality at every step.
Dante-AV Patton encoders are used with all of the Church Sanctuary’s SDI cameras and projection screens. Video is distributed over the network with Dante Controller routing perfectly synchronized video and audio. Mikunda is now adding decoders for multiple screens throughout the facility so they can stream live audio, video and graphics to multiple areas of the church simultaneously.
“It was a big change for us. We removed almost all of our old analog cabling, upgraded our network switches, and installed a larger set of Cat 6 cabling to tie all areas together. We then dialed in our network specifics, set the clock synchronization parameters, and the results were great,” Mikunda said. “We are now relatively scalable and we will be able to modify or evolve our system over the next few years. Ultimately, it saves us a lot of time, money and frustration while improving the quality of our work. »
When it comes to audio, the church’s old analog point-to-point production system had several limitations. There was a large snake of analog cable running from the stage to the patch bays and front of house mixer. Various analog splitters were used to distribute the signals to a limited number of other areas, but everything was essentially isolated from the sanctuary, and all other areas had their own PA systems. Previously, it was a tussle between the needs of live productions and those of streaming; there was no gain control or independent mixing between these two functions, so productions were difficult to manage and deliver.
All stagebox and snake cabling was eliminated and replaced with a single Cat 6 network cable. The church was able to retain its existing faceplate card by simply adding a Dante card to the console, and it retained its amplifiers and existing speakers using a set of Dante AVIO adapters to distribute the audio signals over the network.
Sarah Karlen, pastor of arts and communications for City Church, added that Dante technology and its enhancements to productions help make the church more relevant to younger generations. Having a logical and easy to use system has also been helpful for the many volunteers and students at the church.
“Our musicians, technicians and congregation have all noticed that everything looks and sounds better. Consolidating all equipment and systems into a unified platform allows us to focus on the art of production, not the problems and limitations of cables or equipment,” Karlen said. “We are now able to effectively share our message with more people in a better way, and the Dante Platform has made this possible. »
About Audinate Group Limited:
Audinate Group Limited (ASX: AD8) has a vision to pioneer the future of audiovisual. Audinate’s award-winning Dante AV over IP networking solution is the world leader and widely used in the professional live sound, commercial installation, broadcast, sound reinforcement and recording industries. Dante replaces traditional analog cables by transmitting perfectly synchronized AV signals over great distances, to multiple locations at once, using nothing more than an Ethernet cable. Audinate is headquartered in Australia and has regional offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Belgium and Hong Kong. Dante technology powers products available from hundreds of leading audio and video partners around the world. The company’s ordinary shares are traded on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) under the code AD8.