Eagle Brook Church has ten locations around its Lino Lakes, Minnesota main campus in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and between those campuses and online services, the church collectively hosts over 25,000 attenders a week. But one of those locations is not like the others and is the first installation of the Dante-specific DiGiCo DQ-Rack.
As part of a sweeping renovation that saw a new video-wall system and L-Acoustics A10-based PA system installed, the Ham Lake church—Eagle Brook’s newest location—also became one of the first such houses of worship to implement DiGiCo’s new Quantum225 Console paired with the DiGiCo DQ-Rack. The 2021 install was done with systems integration assistance from Summit Integrated Systems.
“The Quantum225 is a perfect fit for them,” says Cameron Fries, the project manager for Summit on the AV aspects of the renovation. “It’s compact but it has all of the features and functionality of the larger Quantum338, flexible routing and function assignment, and a great user interface and intuitive operation.”
Those last features were especially important for Eagle Brook’s central technical staff, who Fries says do much of their own systems integration, including working with Summit on the installation of the Quantum225 there. “They definitely have the technical chops to go along with their creative abilities,” he says. “It’s unique about them.”
Also unique is that the church, which typically deploys an Optocore-based cabling infrastructure at its campuses, this time chose instead to use a Dante network for Ham Lake’s audio. That was an ideal match for DiGiCo’s new Dantespecific DQ-Rack, which provides all of the robust power of the larger SD-Racks but in a more compact unit, along with the flexibility of Audinate’s Dante protocol. The compact 6U DQ-Rack offers 48 mic inputs and up to 24 line outputs, and clever audio design allows the last four outputs to be switched between line outputs and stereo AES/EBU outputs, adding up to a maximum of eight AES/EBU output channels.
Matt Beckstrom, Eagle Brook Church’s audio systems engineer, is justly proud of the technical competency of the church’s staff, who move among all of the campuses installing and troubleshooting systems and products. “This new campus is also heavily Dante, so it was also smart to move to the DiGiCo DQ-Rack, which keeps it an all-Dante signal infrastructure. For instance, we’re going over Dante right from the DQ-Rack to the in-ear monitors onstage.”
In addition, connection to the Q225 via the console’s [email protected] card means that all inputs and outputs on the racks can be accessed at both 48 kHz and 96 kHz. And, to ensure ultimate reliability, the DQ-Rack is equipped with dual redundant power supplies as standard.