Posted in news on December 17, 2015 9:00 am EST

Growing Wisconsin Church Addresses Evolving Sound Needs

Bayside Baptist in Superior is outfitted with Powersoft amplifiers to practically and powerfully address present and future audio needs.

Bayside Baptist Church, a 250-person church located in the small city of Superior, Wis., recently benefitted from an installation of Powersoft K Series DSP+AESOP amplifiers.











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By Church Designer Staff

For Bayside Baptist Church, located in the small city of Superior, Wis., just across a bridge from Duluth, Minn., there was no way to anticipate how rapidly their congregation would grow and change. With demand outstripping their sanctuary’s 250-person capacity, church staff began performing two services instead of one to accommodate all of its congregants. Meanwhile, worship was evolving to include multimedia and live performances with full rock instrumentation, placing even greater demands on the aging backline system. Staff realized it was time to invest in a professional audio solution that would deliver a seamless church-going experience, and they reached out to Caleb Dick of Excel AV Group, who overhauled the sound system with Powersoft amplification.

A versatile solution

“They had first contacted us just about upgrading their projectors and screens,” says Dick, “but they mentioned being dissatisfied with their current sound system, so I talked them through some of what was possible with Powersoft amplifiers.” As Dick continued to work alongside Bayside Baptist IT administrator Shane McCotter on the visual overhaul, the church decided to invest in a completely revitalized sound system. “The system in there was aging and consisted of lower-grade equipment,” Dick says. “The coverage was lacking, sound quality and intelligibility were poor, and the sightlines were obtrusive.” Dick knew this could be improved, and that new equipment could make a difference in delivering a dynamic worship experience. “There’s a lot of exciting, loud music that’s part of worship these days, so we wanted to provide plenty of subwoofer power and some extra output overall,” he says. The Excel AV team assembled a package that included Powersoft amplification driving Fulcrum speakers that was reportedly an ideal fit for Bayside Baptist’s 250-seat sanctuary.

The rack at Bayside Baptist Church includes a Powersoft K10 DSP+AESOP and a Powersoft K3 DSP+AESOP.

He chose a pair of Fulcrum DX1526 speakers driven by a Powersoft K10 DSP+AESOP for the main front of house speakers and a pair of Fulcrum TS215 speakers powered by a Powersoft K3 DSP+AESOP for the subwoofers, which were small enough to be tucked under the stage and out of sight. The system was rounded out with an Allen & Heath Qu-32 mixing board. Powersoft’s efficiency allowed Dick to complete the install using the existing circuit count, eliminating the need for an expensive power upgrade.

The amplifiers’ miniscule footprint was equally critical, consuming only one rack space per unit, leaving plenty of room for their six Sennheiser wireless receivers.

The Powersoft amplifiers were combined to provide the perfect combination of a smooth and distinct low-end with plenty of crisp, clear high end, and Powersoft’s onboard DSP with Armonia software contained all of the tools Dick needed to tune the system, he reports. “We’ve used Powersoft DSP before and having access to that really great EQ is tremendous,” Dick adds. “Plus with Powersoft we can just take the FIR files from Fulcrum, load them into the amp, and the tuning’s almost done.” The amplifiers’ miniscule footprint was equally critical, consuming only one rack space per unit, leaving plenty of room for their six Sennheiser wireless receivers.  continued >>