Posted in projects on March 23, 2015 10:35 am EDT

Corralling Clarity and Musicality at Northern Colorado Cowboy Church

A former restaurant building turned Northern Colorado Cowboy Church gets an energizing audio upgrade.

Images courtesy of Northern Colorado Cowboy Church (NCCC).


 

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TAGS: adaptive reuse, avl design, avl upgrade, intelligibility, sound system, speakers,

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By Church Designer Staff

Lucerne, Colo.’s Northern Colorado Cowboy Church, or N3C for short, is located in a former restaurant building. Although a large number of cowboy boots walk through the door every Sunday, N3C is open to everyone. The “Cowboy” in its name reflects the church’s down-to-earth attitude. As one might guess, services at N3C are lively and contemporary, with high-energy music complementing colorful sermons. Although the church originally moved into the converted restaurant with a homegrown PA-on-sticks,

N3C aspired to something with much greater musical impact and intelligibility to cover its 500+ seats.

“The room is roughly shaped like a stubby capital ‘L,’ with the stage tucked into the corner that faces both segments of the ‘L.’ To do it justice, we had to get surgical with the coverage pattern, and that’s what Danley is known for…. ”

—Jeff Brotherston, President & Design Engineer, Audio Video Colorado, Aurora, CO

Local integration firm Audio Video Colorado designed and installed a new system centered on two Danley Sound Labs SM-60F full-range loudspeakers. The excellent pattern control reportedly energizes the crowd without energizing the walls, which—designed for the former restaurant —were never designed to do good things with high-volume sound.

“They had a lot of complaints about intelligibility and the overall quality of the sound of the home-grown PA,” says Jeff Brotherston, president and design engineer at AV Colorado. “It was very uneven. The space itself is unique and difficult to cover. The room is roughly shaped like a stubby capital ‘L,’ with the stage tucked into the corner that faces both segments of the ‘L.’ To do it justice, we had to get surgical with the coverage pattern, and that’s what Danley is known for. With help from the technical staff at Danley, we designed a simple system that would provide perfect coverage.”

NCCC's teaching is now delivered with ease and intelligibility in the retail store-turned cowboy church.

Worship technology fine-tuning

The rest of the system was in need of an upgrade, as well. Brotherston cleaned up N3C’s wireless with an RFvenue Diversity Fin Antenna and gave them a new Soundcraft digital console with a Dante-networked 16-channel stage box. New Xilica processing and Crown amplification provide a worthy front-end for the Danley system. Each Danley SM-60F covers a separate segment of the room’s “L” shape. In addition, a Danley SH-Mini on delay covers an area of seats behind a support beam that blocks coverage from the main loudspeakers, and two JBL CBT-series loudspeakers provide fill for the first few rows.  continued >>

 

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