Posted in projects on December 1, 2016 2:36 pm EST

Case Study: Virginia Church Steps Up its Musicality and Intelligibility

A systems integration firm helps remedy less-than-ideal sound reinforcement and challenging acoustics in a 500-seat sanctuary.

In consultation with Richmond, Va., AV integration firm RTW Media, Stony Point installed a robust LCR system composed of Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers, subwoofers, and DSP-enabled amplifiers.


 

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TAGS: audio upgrade, integration, performance space, sound reinforcement, speech intelligibility, worship space,

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By Church Designer Staff

“RTW’s Logan Hinnant, who interfaced with the church and architect, was incredibly helpful in navigating us through the design process.”

—Ross Milby, Stony Point FOH engineer-turned regional accounts manager for RTW Media

Five dedicated families founded Stony Point Reformed Presbyterian Church in the Bon Air suburb of Richmond, Va., in 1969. A big part of its steady growth and support has been its strong commitment to motivating and punctuating services with fantastic music in an ever-changing variety of contemporary and classical styles. In short, music is a big deal at Stony Point. Different bands play each week with a great deal of reliance on the congregation’s many musically talented individuals. When the church built a new 500-seat sanctuary, everyone wanted a fabulous new sound reinforcement system that could help elevate the impact and emotion of its services. In consultation with Richmond-based AV integration firm RTW Media, Stony Point installed a robust LCR system composed of Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers, subwoofers, and DSP-enabled amplifiers.

Fixing old problems

“Despite all the incredible musical talent at Stony Point, the old sanctuary had less-than-ideal sound reinforcement in a challenging acoustical environment,” explains Ross Milby, who has volunteered as Stony Point’s FOH engineer for over a decade. Milby worked with RTW Media on the design and installation of Stony Point’s new sound reinforcement system. “RTW’s Logan Hinnant, who interfaced with the church and architect, was incredibly helpful in navigating us through the design process.” The experience was so rewarding for both parties that Milby joined RTW Media’s team as a regional accounts manager.

“Not only did we need excellent sound reinforcement for our music, but we also needed it for clarity of spoken word,” Milby continues. “The local Danley rep, Tom Macri, and Danley’s East Coast manager, Skip Welch, coordinated a demonstration of a small Danley system at our old church for a demo, and its clarity, intelligibility, and musicality immediately jumped out. RTW took it a step further, inviting our church to InfoComm in Florida to get side-by-side comparisons to other speaker manufacturers. RTW’s Zack Guida guided me through every audio demo room, and sure enough, Danley’s performance was unmatched. The ability to custom paint the speaker cabinets was simply icing on the cake, because we could have superior performance while perfectly meshing with the aesthetics in the new sanctuary.”

Solution & specifics

Stony Point went with an LCR system so that Milby could mix vocals and spoken word to the center channel and spread out the musical instruments between the left and right loudspeakers for maximum clarity. Three point-source Danley SH-69 loudspeakers comprise the LCR system, with low-end support from a single Danley TH-118 subwoofer underneath the stage. “I was skeptical that a single TH-118 could provide enough low end for the size of our new sanctuary,” says Milby. “But I was blown away -- it sounds great.” Just a pair of two-channel Danley DLA 7500 amplifiers powers the system, with loudspeaker conditioning supplied by optional on-board DSP. A Midas Pro 1 digital mixer provides user control for the system, and two portable Midas DL153 stage boxes connect the system to stage left and stage right.

“I love powering up the new system and watching people’s reactions,” says Milby. “The highs, mids, and lows are perfectly balanced, and everything sounds alive. Our church got a very high-end system for a very reasonable price. Now that I’m with RTW Media, I’m looking forward to putting more Danley systems into churches throughout the region.”

 

 

 

Learn more about the companies in this story:

Danley Sound Labs

 

Midas

 

RTW Media

 

 

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