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Dan Bakies, technical director at Christ’s Church of the Valley, says, “We chose the A360s for the clarity of sound and because they were a cost-effective solution to integrate with our Allen & Heath iLive-176.Both volunteer and paid musicians perform at Christ’s Church of the Valley.Dan Bakies, technical director at Christ’s Church of the Valley, says, “It was a simple transition from the A-16IIs to the A360s.”

Christ’s Church of the Valley Adds New Aviom A360 Personal Mixers

Tech director cites system benefits of affordability, ease-of-use, built-in reverb and the ability to save settings for different users via USB

By CP Staff
October 28, 2013 3:16 pm EST

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Christ’s Church of the Valley in San Dimas, California, recently added a campus in Rancho Cucamonga at Etiwanda Gardens. As part of opening its new campus, the church expanded upon its existing Aviom personal mixing system by adding the new Aviom A360 Personal Mixers to its main sanctuary in San Dimas.

The church has been using Aviom’s A-16II Personal Mixers for a number of years. When they built the new campus in Rancho Cucamonga, they decided to move their A-16II Personal Mixers to the new sanctuary and to replace these units with A360 Personal Mixers. This decision came after the church was introduced to the A360 Personal Mixers at Winter NAMM earlier this year where John Wei from Sound Bridge, and Aviom dealer in Southern California, showed Patrick Gourley, the church’s associate pastor of worship, the new technology. Wei describes the A360 as “intuitive to use with better sound imaging.”

The San Dimas sanctuary offers six services every weekend and regularly features three different bands. Both volunteer and paid musicians perform at Christ’s Church of the Valley, and the church says the Aviom system is an essential component in producing great sound in the sanctuary and in giving the musicians the mix they need to play well.

Dan Bakies, technical director at Christ’s Church of the Valley, says, “We chose the A360s for the clarity of sound and because they were a cost-effective solution to integrate with our Allen & Heath iLive-176. It was a simple transition from the A-16IIs to the A360s.” The church has an Aviom card in the iLive console. From there they connect to an A-16D A-Net Distributor and then to the four A360 Personal Mixers they now use at their San Dimas location.

Among the benefits of upgrading to the A360s, Bakies includes “the built in reverb and the functionality of saving settings for different users to a USB.” He says, “This is going to be a huge time saver since we have various performers taking the stage.” Channel selection on the A360 can be customized for each mixer and users can save their profiles to a USB, so now each performer can control the channels he wishes to and can easily recall those channels and profiles to the A360 even after someone else has used the same unit.

“We also like the option of being able to do more channels,” Bakies says. The church plans to purchase an AN-16/i v.2 Input Module so that they can send up to 32 channels of audio into the A360 system, and they have the option to expand this channel count to up to 64 channels in the future.

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