Posted in projects on March 30, 2015 1:08 pm EDT

Architectural Aesthetics Remain Intact in Texas Church Audio Upgrade

A visually unobtrusive sound solution is spec'd in a sanctuary originally designed for unamplified organ and choral music.

Trinity Lutheran Church, Spring, Texas. Images courtesy of Meyer Sound.


 

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By Church Designer Staff

Blending harmoniously with the architecture, two [Meyer Sound] CAL 96 loudspeakers comprise the main front system in a split-beam configuration.

With its new steerable Meyer Sound CAL column array loudspeakers, Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring, Texas, reports a whole new level of speech and music clarity never experienced in its highly reverberant 1,400-seat sanctuary.

“The clarity with CAL is immaculate,” says Patrick Blake, director of worship arts at the church. “The tonality and musicality of the band are delivered to the entire congregation. Our band had evolved over the years from acoustic to electric with a full drum kit, and it was a constant struggle to hear. It’s night and day with CAL. An elderly congregant told me that he could turn off his hearing aid because he didn’t need it in here anymore.”

The Trinity Lutheran sanctuary features a curved ceiling and marble floors that contributed to unwanted reverberation. Its steerable CAL solution helps direct audio energy only to congregants.

Preserving design integrity

Originally designed for unamplified organ and choral music, the sanctuary features curved ceiling and marble floors that contribute to an RT60 upwards of 3.3 seconds, while its hard surfaces add to undesired echoes. With CAL, the church is reportedly able to control system coverage by directing audio energy only to congregants.

Blending harmoniously with the architecture, two CAL 96 loudspeakers comprise the main front system in a split-beam configuration. Two CAL 32 loudspeakers are steered with a 10-degree down tilt for rear delay, while an additional CAL 32 loudspeaker provides choir loft delay. Two X-800C subwoofers extend low-frequency coverage for music programs. A Galileo loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor provides system drive and processing. The system, along with a new Soundcraft Vi3000 digital mixing console, was supplied and installed by Houston-based Covenant Communications.  continued >>

 

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