Waves Audio Improves Worship Audio at Second Presbyterian Church

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Diversified, a leading global technology solutions provider, has chosen Waves Commercial Audio solutions for a major AV system technology upgrade at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. Diversified installed the Waves CA1000 DSP Engine to enhance Second Presbyterian Church’s worship audio experience for services, both on-site and streamed online.

Serving the faith community through online services has been vital to the ministry of Second Presbyterian Church since the start of the pandemic, when in-person gatherings were suspended in Indiana. The church leadership realized that existing AV equipment needed to be improved to provide higher-quality streamed broadcasts to the church’s 3000-strong membership. The church contracted Diversified to provide a phased upgrade toward a more capable and robust broadcast system.

“Our primary goal for the initial phase was to solve the church’s most pressing issues,” says Tim Corder, Diversified’s Director of Strategic Accounts for Houses of Worship. “The church’s operators vary widely in skill levels, so we needed a straightforward, easily operated system that is also highly flexible and robust.”

Diversified installed the Waves CA1000 DSP Engine to process the audio stream for the church’s YouTube channel. Corder explains their choice of Waves Commercial Audio: “To improve the quality of the weekly broadcast from the church’s audio consoles, we needed true brick-wall limiting and a solid mastering chain. The Waves Commercial Audio engine provided both, in a set-and-forget kind of way that anyone at the church could utilize. This combination of seriously improved sound quality and complete ease of use were critical to the success of our work.”

Broadcast-Quality Audio for Online Services
In order to provide the best experience for the congregation watching online, Corder’s team fine-tuned one of the factory-installed Waves CA presets with their own settings. “We used the Waves CA1000 processor to master the broadcast chain, inserted in line between the console and the encoder feeding their web broadcast,” he explains. “We started with one of the master streaming presets that came pre-installed in the CA1000 and adjusted the factory configuration a little bit to get it exactly how we wanted it. The Waves plugins in the customized preset chain are the Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain (the Live component), the L3-LL Multimaximizer, and the L2 Ultramaximizer.”

Improved On-Site Worship Audio
In addition to processing the broadcast stream, Diversified configured the Waves CA1000 to manage other audio challenges in the sanctuary. “To further improve audio for the church’s in-person services,” Corder says, “we created a couple of channel processing strips within the CA1000 that included the Waves X-FDBK feedback elimination plugin; these ring out two podium mics and get as much gain before feedback as possible. We also created a playback processing strip utilizing the Playlist Rider plugin, to streamline the church’s audio playback from a computer in the system; this way, the church’s audio operators will easily get even, comfortable audio levels from diverse audio sources.”

Easy Integration with Dante®
The church installation was implemented using a Dante® network architecture. The Diversified team was able to quickly set up the CA1000 within the Dante network. “Since the Waves CA1000 unit has Dante connectivity natively on board, it fit perfectly into the Yamaha Dante ecosystem we were creating on this project. The product is super-simple to use and integrate. Upon initial power up, it came right online as you would expect and was on and functional within a few minutes of configuration.”

Diversified is pleased with the resulting audio quality they can now provide to Second Presbyterian Church. “We love how simple it is to create problem-solving processing chains and be able toinsert them on console channel strips,” Corder summarizes. “Thanks to the factory presets, the premium Waves plugins under the hood, the DSP engine capabilities, and the Dante integration, this is the perfect solution for clients looking to improve their audio production.”

More information about Waves CA products can be found at waves.com/commercial-audio.