“On this project, for example, we’re able to deliver
48 channels of mixing to the church within their budget, with
many of the features of the Spectra console serving as a bonus,
such as the matrix mixer and VCA groups,” continues Horwood.
“These features were outside the original budget but were
on the technical team’s “wish list’, and because
of APB, we were able to fulfill these wishes, much to the delight
of the client. As a frame of reference, similar consoles cost
almost 50 percent more to include VCA facilities.”
Still, specifying any relatively new component within a mission-critical system comes with a bit of trepidation, he points out. Further, churches often present the systems integrator with the additional challenge of devising solutions capable of being operated by a very wide range of operator skill and experience.
"To be honest, sometimes it can be difficult to appreciate just how a new piece of equipment will fit within an operating environment. It was only after we installed this console that we found that the color schemes on the desk to be so intuitive," he explains. "As a result, the more experienced members of the technical team had no difficulty in getting familiar with the console's operation.