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Earl Large of Rivers Church: “The UE LIVE [is] nothing short of perfection!”

Rivers is a dynamic church that offers inspirational, practical and motivational Bible teaching for people of all ages, races and socio-economic backgrounds. They are a fast-growing church that started with 70 people and currently exceeds 10 000 people across 3 campuses, located in Sandton, Ballito and Durban North.

Testimonial: Earle Large, Creative Rivers Church

Can you tell us your thoughts on the new UE LIVE?

The UE LIVE’s are the nothing short of perfection!  An impressively splendid blend of transparency and musicality that re-assures me that what I am experiencing, is what the church congregation is experiencing.  The UE LIVE’s soundstage is astonishingly engaging, exciting and energetic.

What do you think of the new cabling system?

The new IPX cable is a welcomed design improvement, it’s so lightweight and comfortable that it’s almost unnoticeable in use, no more awkward on stage cable adjustments!

How and when did you make the move to Ultimate Ears?

I’ve used UE’s from around 2013 and have been using the UE18s for around 3 years (I play/lead over 250+ church worship services a year!!) I really enjoyed the UE18s warm/punchy/accurate/percussion-friendly sound signature.  I still use them for critical listening/editing today.

What got you excited about the new UE LIVE?

I was very excited to get my hands on the UE LIVEs as I was wondering “Just how much better could IEMs get?”

Tell us your first thoughts.

The first time listening to the UE LIVEs left my jaw on the floor…these were everything I’ve always felt IEMs should sound like, there was nothing I didn’t like about them.  I laughed in absolute awe at their impressively massive sound! They are bombastic, over the top, edgy and in some ways completely wild! 🙂 After the first time I used them at a worship night my wife came to me and said: “Wow you really looked like you were into that worship set and like you really enjoyed that!” I then realized that these IEMs gave me something I couldn’t get from anything I’d used before, an EXPERIENCE!!  

Wow, that’s outstanding. Tell us more about the impression the sound left with you.

It LITERALLY feels like you are standing in front of a PA system at a concert.  

Were there any other big things you noticed about how the sound affected your performance?

Something I must mention; vocally, I really struggled for a while to pitch on the UE18s, they are so accurate that the slightest imperfection in my performance would make me feel quite vulnerable ending up with slightly pitchy/flat performance, on the other hand, the UE LIVEs seem so forgiving and fun and at first I was not 100% convinced that what I was hearing in them would be correctly translating into the PA, it almost sounded TOO GOOD to be true in the UE LIVEs.  The perfectionist in me did however have to find out just how different the experience in the UE LIVEs was to the PA.

We did some recordings both live in the auditorium and onto our the camera mixing room post mix and both translated 100%,  I could not believe it!! I was pitching spot on with virtually no effort!! It’s giving me such confidence!!

Can you tell us about any other thoughts, impressions or feeback? You’ve had a few different models of Ultimate Ears, yes?

I have owned UE4s, UE18s and UE LIVEs    

I’ve used UE’s from around 2013 and have been using the UE18s for around 3 years (I play/lead over 250+ church worship services a year!!) I really enjoyed the UE18s warm/punchy/accurate/percussion-friendly sound signature.  I still use them for critical listening/editing today.

I was very excited to get my hands on the UE LIVEs as I was wondering “Just how much better could IEMs get?”

Needless to say, the first time listening to the UE LIVEs left my jaw on the floor…these were everything I’ve always felt IEMs should sound like, there was nothing I didn’t like about them.  I laughed in absolute awe at their impressively massive sound! They are bombastic, over the top, edgy and in some ways completely wild! 🙂 After the first time I used them at a worship night my wife came to me and said “Wow you really looked like you were into that worship set and like you really enjoyed that!” I then realized that these IEMs gave me something I couldn’t get from anything I’d used before, an EXPERIENCE!!  It LITERALLY feels like you are standing in front of a PA system at a concert. Something I must mention; vocally, I really struggled for a while to pitch on the UE18s, they are so accurate that the slightest imperfection in my performance would make me feel quite vulnerable ending up with slightly pitchy/flat performance, on the other hand the UE LIVEs seem so forgiving and fun and at first I was not 100% convinced that what I was hearing in them would be correctly translating into the PA, it almost sounded TOO GOOD to be true in the UE LIVEs.  The perfectionist in me did however have to find out just how different the experience in the UE LIVEs was to the PA. We did some recordings both live in the auditorium and onto our the camera mixing room post mix and both translated 100%, I could not believe it!! I was pitching spot on with virtually no effort!! It’s giving me such confidence!!

At the very first moment I heard them I knew you guys had hit the “Live Sound” signature right on the money.  They have massive stadium-like lows and crisp, exciting, engaging highs (I love the airy, crisp top-end feel, kinda missed that in the UE18s).  After about the 3rd song I often forget I have IEMs in, it just feels so good, kinda like I’m in the crowd experiencing the worship from the audience perspective.  Hope that makes sense 🙂

Learn more about Rivers Church at their website: https://rivers.church

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