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Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, Virginia completed its transition to AoIP with a 32-fader Lawo mc²56 audio production console. The console, based on Ravenna/AES67 IP technology, handles both live performances and broadcast tasks.
According to Lawo, the installation includes an A__UHD Core providing 512 DSP channels, two Compact I/O stageboxes, a Nova73 router capable of routing 8092×8092 mono channels and Dante integration to feed the facility’s Yamaha CL5 monitor console and other Dante equipment. The mc²56 also includes Waves SuperRack integration and smart GPIO settings to change the DSP presets of the BSS audio processor.
Cornerstone’s audio director, Joey Burdette, along with his production team, decided that investing in an IP audio system was a prudent investment in future technology. “This Lawo solution provides Cornerstone with features that will cover our front-of-house needs for the foreseeable future, as well as providing expandability for future projects. Because the A__UHD Core can be a pooled resource for up to four consoles, we can expand our capabilities just by adding additional surfaces and stageboxes around the campus. Connecting everything with an IP network makes growing the system very easy.”
This mc²56 is now being used for FOH in Cornerstone’s sanctuary for midweek and Sunday services, as well as young adult services and other larger church gatherings.
For Burdette, flexibility is important, considering how often the console is used and how many different operators, each with their own workflows, work on the mc²56. “Our operators love how user-friendly it is and how fast it is to work on; the console adapts to their workflows instead of the other way around.”
Cornerstone already has plans for expanding their new system. “We’re already looking to add more Lawo audio consoles to our facilities, and we’re looking at Lawo video infrastructure products too,” added Burdette.