With the opening of the new 7,500-seat auditorium at New Life Church in Colorado Springs underway, Daryl Porter, chief audio engineer for New Life Church, turned to Aviom, Inc., manufacturer of the A-Net Pro16 monitor mixing system, for a monitor system that could handle the church’s large praise band. The 11-piece band features drums, bass, keyboards, electric and acoustic guitars, strings, wind instruments, and a choir.

"The dedication ceremony was a big event for us since we were also celebrating our 20th anniversary," says Porter. "The band had been using in-ear monitors (IEMs) on another system, but there were so many limitations. I found Aviom and immediately switched over to their system. The Aviom system is digital, runs on Cat-5 cable, and can have an unlimited number of stations. It’s a great piece of gear and does exactly what we need."

Founded in 1985 by Ted Haggard, president of the 30-million member National Association of Evangelicals, New Life Church is currently the largest church in Colorado. The new facility is home to an 11,000-person congregation and holds four weekend services.

Porter, who has worked in the contemporary church market for a number of years, has noticed a tremendous change regarding the audio technology used for worship services. "Music is a big part of the worship experience at New Life Church. We started using a few pieces of the Aviom gear in the old sanctuary and were very happy with it. In the new facility, incorporating the Aviom system has given us a much cleaner house sound."