Posted in news on February 24, 2016 10:33 am EST

Audio Coverage Details at Saddleback Church’s 16th Multisite Campus

AVL designer-specifier turns to ARCS WiFo to address audio coverage challenges at Saddleback Church Anaheim's wide-yet-shallow new worship center.

Saddleback Anaheim’s praise team sets the tone for the worship experience. Images courtesy of Saddleback Church.











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By Church Designer Staff

The new campus’s 1,000-seat auditorium was acoustically and architecturally tricky, being considerably wider than it is deep.

For the past 36 years, Saddleback Church has established the template for the modern robust church model, ultimately growing to the eighth largest church in the U.S. based on weekly attendance. By the end of this year, Saddleback expects to have added its 17th, 18th and 19th locations, satellites of the Lake Forest, Calif., church's flagship worship space pastored by "Purpose Driven Life" author Rick Warren. Each new location has presented its own unique set of audio challenges, and the latest addition—in a former health spa in Anaheim, Calif.,where Saddleback Church has maintained a portable outpost for the past five years—proved no exception.

The new campus’s 1,000-seat auditorium was acoustically and architecturally tricky, being considerably wider than it is deep. “That really presented a problem when it came to getting even coverage to every seat in the room,” recalls Saddleback Church Global Technical Director Greg Baker. “We’ve always worked hard to have great sound in all of our locations, and we wanted that to be the case in this one, too, of course. But it was going to take something special to achieve that here.”

Designed and installed by CCI Solutions, the new L-Acoustics system is unobtrusively flown above the video screens and staging elements.

Solution specifics

“Something special” came in the form of an L-Acoustics ARCS WiFo/SB18 system specified and designed by CCI Solutions of Olympia, Wash. CCI Solutions Project Lead Mark Pearson brought Baker and other church representatives to another nearby location where they had installed an L-Acoustics system in a similar configuration to what they had planned for Saddleback Church Anaheim. “We knew an ARCS WiFo system would deliver the results they desired,” notes Pearson. “After a few minutes of listening to this system, everyone knew they couldn’t go wrong with L-Acoustics for their new space.”  continued >>