|Sound Media Concepts Provides HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Compact 32 Digital
Console and JBL Professional PRX Portable PA Loudspeakers at Calvary Apostolic
HAMPDEN, Maine — In order to accommodate the new sound requirements at Calvary Apostolic Church’s
temporary facility in Hampden, Maine, Sound Media Concepts has deployed HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Compact 32
and JBL Professional PRX portable PA loudspeakers for weekly Sunday services and Wednesday’s Bible study
The Calvary Apostolic Church, which was completely destroyed in a fire in 2011, wanted to upgrade its facility and
bring it back to life. Currently, the church is in a semi-temporary building, however, “The Si Compact will give the
church plenty of flexibility when it is time to move to the permanent building,” said Jason Mathews, Owner of Sound
“We needed something that was compact enough to be portable and also extremely easy to use, but could be
integrated into the new facility once it’s complete,” Mathews stated. “Ever since I demoed the Si3 when it was
introduced, I fell in love with Soundcraft and the Si series. It is extremely user-friendly and the fact that Soundcraft
now has an affordable compact digital console of this quality allows smaller congregations the opportunity to take
advantage of the latest technology with the breathing room expand in the future.”
The ease of use of the Si Compact is another advantage for this small but growing church, as most of the time the
operators are volunteers, Mathews explained.
“The sound is amazing!” Mathews added. “The Lexicon processors sound great, you really get a lot of quality
software in the console for such a great price. The pre-amps and processing are smooth and don’t fight against you
The ability of the Si Compact to save the settings after each use has made life easier as different volunteers use
the board each week. “The console allows for flexibility and to re-patch everything internally,” Mathews said. “It’s
great that there is no need to mess around with other gear and all we need is the console, an analog snake and
speakers and we’re good to go.” This allows the church to change the console layout if needed without having to
worry about connection or cable issues.
“One of the great aspects of the system is that we coupled Soundcraft with JBL,” Mathews added. For audio
reinforcement, the Church uses a pair of JBL PRX635 powered loudspeakers along with a pair of PRX618S-XLF
subwoofers. For monitors, three PRX612M loudspeakers are being used as well.
The PRX635’s provide amazing quality, according to Mathews. “They have just blown me away. The mid and
high’s are so smooth and I’m surprised at the low distortion. Outside of their great sound, I was attracted to the
PRX line because they are designed to be portable but also have rigging points and can be permanently installed in
the new facility. I’d put them up against anything else on the market.”
Mathews mentioned how sometimes some instruments can get lost get lost in heavy mix, however, with the Si
Compact and JBL loudspeakers, it all sounds clean and he’s never had an issue. “It’s as if the Si Compact and JBL
loudspeakers were designed for Calvary Apostolic Church’s modern worship style.”
For more information on Sound Media Concepts, please email Jason Mathews at:
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