Posted in projects on December 23, 2015 11:55 am EST

Christian University Fulfills Masterplan for Future Audio Upgrade

Northwest Nazarene University's Swayne Auditorium in Nampa, Idaho, gets a new audio system with performance, acoustics and aesthetics in mind.

Northwest Nazarene University's 1,500-seat Swayne Auditorium is used for multiple chapels each week, as well as university performing arts concerts and community events.











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TAGS: acoustics, aesthetics, audio upgrade, avl design, integration, masterplan, sound reinforcement,


By Church Designer Staff

Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) in Nampa, Idaho, is a nonprofit Christian university offering more than 60 areas of study for undergraduate and graduate students. The Brandt Center’s 1,500-seat Swayne Auditorium is used primarily for university events, including multiple chapels each week and university performing arts concerts (choir, orchestra, band, theater). The theater department produces multiple audition-based musicals per year. They also use the space for rentals that fit in line with the ideals of the university and the space. including Philharmonic performances, community forums, and other concerns.

Long-Range Vision

NNU recently installed a NEXO GEO M6 speaker system in the Swayne Auditorium with the help of PSI International (PSI) with offices in Boise, Salt Lake and Denver. “The initial design was developed several years back by one of our former employees who happened to be an alumni of NNU," states Noah Bard, operations manager at PSI. During the long design/sales process, three different systems were demonstrated and each one was considered, but due to budget constraints, none were installed. We have an outstanding partnership with NNU, and Yamaha worked with us over several years to ensure we could provide the university with the proper system. Finally, in 2015 funding came into place, and we demonstrated the GEO M6 installed at a nearby church. NNU was quite impressed, so we knew it was the right fit. The NEXO M6 decision was a combination of size, superior performance, and price.”

Image courtesy of Yamaha.

Bard reports that the old audio system did not work well and needed to be replaced from an acoustical perspective: “Aesthetically, NNU wanted the sound system to disappear as much as possible. The old center-hung system was very much a part of the room. The change had been a part of the initial master plan for upgrades.”

The GEO M6 system consists of a stereo pair of M6 Clusters, 12 per side. Each cluster consists of three M6Bs and nine M620s. Adjacent to each cluster behind scrim are two NEXO LS18 subwoofers. The entire system is powered by two NEXO NXAMP 4X1s for the mains and one NEXO NXAmp 4X4 for the subs. All the amps are installed with EtherSound cards.  continued >>