Clear-Com digital wireless solution for Life Church
LIFE church in Auckland, New Zealand, opened its newest facility, LIFE Central Campus, with an 1800-seat auditorium, a 300-seat Chapel facility and foyer spaces. The extensive facility necessitated a wide ranging, high-functioning communication system to keep production teams connected, not just around the building but also with the other LIFE campuses. “Having evaluated and priced the major market competitors, the LIFE team chose Clear-Com® for a number of reasons, as Riki Willis, Production Project Coordinator, LIFE, explains, “I tested the competitors’ latest generation wireless system against FreeSpeak II and felt that FreeSpeak II’s audio quality and noise floor were far superior.
We also already owned some Clear- Com LQ® units and party line equipment, so there was compatibility with existing kit, and there is also more knowledge of the Clear-Com product line in New Zealand, which is helpful when we are hiring or welcoming external teams to the facility.” The Clear-Com installation includes an Eclipse® HX Delta matrix frame with E-IPA cards, with FreeSpeak II® IP-enabled transceivers and belt packs, V-Series Irisä intercom panels and LQ Series IP interfaces. The system enables much more granular and direct communications, which has been a huge boon for the team, as has the addition of more focused party lines. The multi channel, fully integrated wireless system has also provided exceptional flexibility and greater functionality. Regular live-link audio and video to the two other remote campuses is now simplified, by linking the remote campus’ 2-wire communications into the matrix via remote LQ-2W units. Willis also praises the longevity of FreeSpeak II belt packs’ battery life, their solid build and wide roaming ability without losing signal, as well as full integration with the matrix and the flexibility of the ‘profile’ based system. The ability to change and save configurations for an event and then revert to the ‘standard’ setup afterwards is also helpful. Clear-Com’s authorized partner, Gencom Technology, supplied and installed the system.