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Children's Pastors Hear It All with Meyer Sound
The Children's Pastors Conference is, in most respects, similar to any other convocation of adult professionals in a large hotel ballroom—though with perhaps with a bit more variety than usual in the presentation fare. In addition to the familiar keynote speakers and panel discussions, the main stage events include live music by bands and soloists, praise choirs, dramatic presentations, puppet shows, hands-on workshops, energetic worship services, and a variety of video screenings—such as this year's preview of a new feature-length movie by those Sunday School superstars, Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber.
"The Veggie Tales video was a big hit, though that part was relatively easy," says David Hash of Arvada, Colorado-based Sound on Sound, who provided audio services for the event. "Overall it's a very hectic schedule with constantly changing demands for audio. That's one of the big advantages our Meyer Sound self-powered systems. They can do it all. You can go from a talking head to a full-out live band and not have to re-tune your rig."
But whether you're providing audio support for a computer-animated vegetable or a full choir, the bottom line is quality, Hash maintains. "The Meyer speakers simply sound great. I think I've mixed on every box out there, and these are hands-down the best-sounding I've heard."
Sponsored by the International Network of Children's Ministry, the Children's Pastors Conferences for 2002 were presented in Dallas, San Diego and Cincinnati. Sound on Sound brought along the same basic complement of Meyer systems to each city, though with different configurations tailored to the different room dimensions and acoustics. In Dallas and Cincinnati, Hash flew four MSL-4 Horn-Loaded Long-Throw loudspeakers on each side of the 40-foot truss, with three UPA-1P Compact Wide Coverage loudspeakers and six CQ-1 Wide Coverage Main loudspeakers set back into the room as delays. But for the San Diego facility, he flew the CQ-1s in the FOH clusters and set out the UPA-1Ps as the delays.
"That's another reason the self-powered boxes are so appealing to me," Hash notes. "You can set up your system whichever way that works best without having to rewire and reset everything. You just plug in another box and go!"
David Hash says he made the move to Meyer Sound about five years ago, right after the introduction of the CQ-1. He was struggling to move his company away from the local club and festival circuit into corporate/conference work at the national level. But his old, conventional system seemed to be a stumbling block.
"Certainly we chose Meyer for the sound, ease-of-use and reliability, but also because of the industry-wide respect that comes with the name. When an artist or client hears that we are using Meyer Sound, they are immediately reassured that we know what we're doing. That's very important for a small, family run company like ours."
Over the past five years, Sound on Sound has built a solid base of continuing clients, primarily among organizations focused on Christian ministry and athletics. As his business portfolio continues to grow, Hash plans to continue expanding his Meyer Sound rental inventory. He expects to add an M2D Compact Curvilinear Array system soon to serve the ballrooms and exhibit halls that are his usual fare, but with growing client demand for events in larger spaces he is also eyeing a 12-box system of Meyer Sound's flagship M3D Line Array loudspeakers.