The Mosaiek Church, situated in Roodepoort, Johannesburg, recently made significant strides in achieving its ambition to raise its flagship venue, the Mosaiek Teatro, to world-class technical standards. Highly respected audio engineer and current head of technical at the church, Estian Els, spoke with ETECH about their investment in a new d&b J-series large-format three-way line array system for the venue.

The Mosaiek Teatro has a long-standing tradition of investing in the best possible sound solutions for the venue and was the very first church in South Africa to install a line array system in 2004. 

“France van der Merwe, a sound engineer who is a legend in our industry, has been a part of our community for many years and was involved in installing our first PA system. While we have been extremely happy with our sound system for many years, the time came for us to invest in a new PA for the venue.”

After extensive research, Els and his team decided to invest in a comprehensive line array PA system from d&b audiotechnik. As the certified distributors and undisputed product experts in the country, Stage Audio Works consulted extensively with Els and his team and specified the d&b J-series large format three-way line array system.

The installation includes a number of d&b J8 loudspeakers, d&b J12 loudspeakers,  d&b Yi8 loudspeakers, d&b Yi12 loudspeakers, d&B B22 subwoofers, d&b 8S loudspeakers, d&b 10S-D loudspeakers,  d&B D80 amplifiers and a d&b 30D amplifier. Together, the sound quality achieved is remarkable and is one of the very few installations of its kind in the country.  

“We decided to go with the d&b system because the system is very popular on international riders and offers outstanding processing capability,” Els points out. “We were very privileged to be able to fly out to Germany to see the system being manufactured first hand, and the quality of production and attention to detail that is invested into every box is truly mind-blowing,” he reflects.

Adding to the world-class infrastructure that is provided in-house at the venue, the Mosaiek Teatro is equipped with two Soundcraft by HARMAN Vi3000 Digital Live Sound Consoles – one at front of house and another on stage for monitoring purposes. Boasting an efficiently designed 36 fader control surface, Vistonics II™ touchscreen interfaces with 3D graphics as well as Dante/MADI, MIDI, redundant power supply and many other connections. “We purchased our Soundcraft consoles from Wild & Marr some years ago and they have proven well suited to our needs, especially as we often have volunteer teams at front of house, and the console is very user-friendly,” Els concludes.