Posted in projects on December 29, 2016 11:23 am EST

Collaboration Leads to Better Sound for Massachusetts Chapels

A New England-based audio visual integrator completes an AV installation project at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass.

Images courtesy of CCS and Mount Holyoke College.











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TAGS: architectural design, audio upgrade, collaboration, ministry, sound reinforcement, streaming,


By Church Designer Staff

CCS Presentation Systems, a New England-based audio visual integrator, recently completed an A/V installation project at Mount Holyoke College, a liberal arts college for women in South Hadley, Mass.

The college’s chapels, the Abbey Chapel and the Inter-Faith Chapel, were slated to attain adequate sound quality for music and speech. In previous efforts to correct the problem, several sound systems were installed and modifications were made to the ceiling for the organs, helping acoustically, but not vocally.

Through a collaborative effort between Mount Holyoke’s Design & Engineering Team within the Media Services Department and CCS, a strategy was devised to create sound clarity for both speech and music.

An audio fix

An updated, easy to use speech reinforcement and audio playback recording system was placed in the Abbey Chapel, with a smaller system in the Inter-Faith Chapel. New microphones, mixers/amplifiers and other system components were integrated into the space, as well. Speakers from Danley Sound Labs were installed into the main Abbey Chapel.

... CCS added audio feeds to enhance live streaming for future chapel events.

Danley’s speakers have a proprietary design, providing the acoustical pattern control of the common line array speakers, without the labor-intensive setup of the common line array. These speakers also provide the ability to control the audio pattern, meaning that no matter the pitch of the voice spoken into the microphone, the sound projected is clear.

In addition, CCS added audio feeds to enhance live streaming for future chapel events. The final result: The Abbey and Inter-Faith Chapels now have clear, high quality vocal and acoustic sound with constant intelligibility. Audience participation has increased. Best of all, the chapels were technologically enhanced without losing their original, historic appearance.




Learn more about the companies in this story:

CCS Presentation Systems


Danley Sound Labs



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