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Line 6 StageScape M20d Visual Mixing System Debuts at Padre Serra

Tuesday December 6, 2016. 07:13 PM , from Audio Directory
CALABASAS, Calif. – Aug 20, 2012 - One of the biggest challenges to presenting contemporary worship music is achieving professional sound quality with a staff of volunteers who may have a wide range of technical experience. Padre Serra Parish, a large Roman Catholic Church in Camarillo, California, has addressed this issue by installing the StageScape™ M20d visual mixing system by Line 6. StageScape M20d is a compact, touchscreen-driven live sound mixer designed to streamline and accelerate the process of getting a great mix.

With a team of volunteers experienced in working with a traditional analog mixer, moving to a brand new, high technology product might seem risky at first, but Director of Liturgy & Music Dominic MacAller explains, “The thing that’s really great about StageScape is that it’s very intuitive to use. We don’t have professional engineers on staff. Our volunteers are very good, but cover a wide range of technical ability and mixing experience. StageScape has a very well designed touchscreen interface that makes you want to play with it. It’s easy to create a really good mix, and there aren’t rows and rows of faders and knobs, which can be very intimidating.”

Despite its compact size and streamlined appearance, the StageScape M20d is a powerful, full-featured digital mixing system that delivers thoroughly professional results. “It’s a big upgrade for us, both in terms of functionality and convenience,” say MacAller. “It has a full range of digital effects on board, including compressors, EQs, gates, delays, reverbs, and more, all of which you can adjust through the visual interface, or dig deeper and adjust the individual parameters. It’s so much more powerful than anything we could do before, and much easier to use than having a big rack of outboard devices.”

Another feature that impressed Dominic MacAller is the free iPad® app, StageScape Remote. When connected via an optional USB Wi-Fi adapter, the full functionality of the StageScape mixer can be accessed via one or more iPad® devices, allowing mix and effects changes to be made from anywhere in the room, such as adjusting a musician’s monitor mix while standing on stage.

“The iPad® app is a great example of what makes this system so smart and powerful,” said MacAller. “It looks and acts just like the StageScape user interface, and you can hear the changes instantly as you drag your finger across the screen. The first time we used it, the bass player wanted to adjust his sound, so my wife went up on stage with her iPad®, showed him his channel, and he just dragged his finger around and customized his sound without any training at all. That was a great moment.”

MacAller, who acts as musical director and plays piano, was immediately impressed. “I’m an iPad® user, so the touchscreen interface feels very natural and intuitive to me. At one point, I was listening to the piano, soloed out to the headphones, and decided to tweak the sound a little bit. Normally, getting a good acoustic piano sound from scratch is pretty hard, but it was really easy to warm it up and sweeten the sound a little bit. That was really fun.”

After the first week of services using the Line 6 StageScape M20d, everyone from the musicians and technical crew to the parishioners were impressed with the change. “Even before we started applying effects and EQ, the whole system had improved clarity and definition,” says Dominic. “People commented that they could hear the individual instruments more clearly in the mix. It really sounded terrific. But what I really like about the StageScape is that it gives us really sophisticated technology, but makes everything easier instead of adding complexity. It’s a perfect fit for us.”
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