North Point Church Expands Its Ministry with Avid
North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA, opened its doors in 1995 with a mission to create a welcoming environment that would appeal to non-churchgoers seeking a friendly path. Seventeen years later, North Point Community Church has expanded to become North Point Ministries, with five campuses spread across North Central Georgia and beyond.
At its Alpharetta campus, two main auditoriums provide combined seating for over 5,000 faithful at each service. Built just a few years apart to accommodate the church’s rapid growth, North Point’s East and West Auditoriums are each equipped with state-of-the-art audio systems that support regular live performances, as well as North Point Online, an online broadcast of the church’s weekly services. Keeping North Point’s audio infrastructure in perfect working order is no small task for the tech-savvy team headed by audio director David Stagl.
“We have a unique setup at North Point Community Church,” Stagl explains. “Our two main auditoriums sit back-to-back and share a single backstage wall. Each stage has a typical rock-n-roll setup—two guitars, bass, drums, keys, and a couple of vocalists. Our weekly musical format is fairly consistent in both auditoriums, so we’ve standardized our audio setups as much as possible. This helps with training and also allows us to share resources.”
Growing with Avid
After extensive research—and with a careful eye toward expandability and versatility—Stagl and the North Point team concluded that Avid live systems were the best overall choice for the growing church’s diverse audio needs.
“We originally purchased two D-Show Systems for use at FOH,” Stagl remarks. “We really liked the dramatic sound quality improvement they made in our PA system overall. Since then, we’ve expanded the lineup at our Alpharetta campus by moving our existing D-Show Systems to run monitors, while adding two new Profile System sat FOH.”
Both North Point auditoriums feature similar audio configurations based around an end-to-end Avid workflow. A Profile System sits at FOH and connects to two Stage Rack that host a total of 96 inputs. The D-Show Systems at the monitor position each connect to two Stage Racks, loaded with 24 analog outputs feeding a mix of hardwired and RF in-ear monitors. Both Profile Systems utilize dual HDx Option Cards that connect to a Pro Tools | HD system, providing 96 channels of recording and playback in each auditorium. Each monitor console is loaded with a single HDx card connected to a Pro Tools | HD Native system.
With the church in a fairly consistent growth mode and hosting an active schedule of events requiring audio support, Stagl cites ease-of-use as a critical asset that keeps him coming back to Avid live systems year after year. “We made our first investment in D-Show Systems back in 2006, and we found it really easy to transition our team from analog into the world of digital. Since then we’ve continued to add Avid consoles to our lineup. At last count we had 15 systems across our five campuses.”
Virtual Soundcheck literally revolutionized our mixes.
Ready to mix on day one
Virtual Soundcheck is also extremely popular at North Point Ministries’ campuses, where resources include a mostly volunteer audio team.
“Virtual Soundcheck literally revolutionized our mixes,” Stagl says. “We record all our rehearsals into Pro Tools and use Virtual Soundcheck to refine the mixes, without requiring the band to play ad nauseam. I then store a snapshot as a starting point for each song in the set, along with its own customized settings for easy recall later. Virtual Soundcheck is particularly useful when teaching volunteers. In fact, when we recently replaced our analog monitor consoles with D-Show Systems, I was able to start training our volunteers by using Virtual Soundcheck with tracks from actual services. Our crew was ready to mix on day one!”
I've been an Avid user for many years, and I’m pleased with how the systems continue to evolve.
Ultimately it’s Avid live systems’ ever-expanding feature set that excites Stagl the most. “I’ve been an Avid user for many years, and I’m pleased with how the systems continue to evolve. I’m constantly learning something new and that’s a creative freedom that few other consoles can deliver.”
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Upgrade two auditoriums with live consoles that can support a fast-paced schedule and the growing church’s diverse audio needs.
North Point chose two Profile Systems for their sound quality and versatility. Pro Tools integration and Virtual Soundcheck enabled the staff to quickly train volunteers on running the Avid live systems.