Posted in projects on July 19, 2016 1:00 pm EDT

Nebraska Church New Build Equipped With Martin Audio Solution

A new build at the site of a former outlet store, StoneBridge Church's campus is built around a worship space in a small, rectangular, 50-foot by 80-foot room with its own set of unique challenges.

StoneBridge Church. Images courtesy of Martin Audio.











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By Church Designer Staff

CCI Solutions of Olympia, Wash., reports installing a Martin Audio CDD system in the main worship space of the new StoneBridge Church Millard Campus in Omaha, Neb. A new build at the site of a former outlet store, the campus is built around a worship space in a small rectangular 50-foot by 80-foot room with its own set of unique challenges. As Mike Sessler, project lead for CCI explains, “It’s an unusual space with a corner-loaded stage and a low ceiling with lots of HVAC structural equipment that slopes down from 19 feet to about 17 feet at the back of the seating area. “Because the stage is in the corner of a long room, we had an extended throw down the long wall, a short throw to the wall on the other side and another throw to the opposite corner where FOH is located," Sessler says.

"We’re particularly happy with how it sounds for the front row of seats which is five or six feet from the stage. When they first turned the system on, we were amazed at how clean the sound was right in front of the stage."

—Mike Sessler, Project Lead, CCI Solutions, Olympia, WA

System components

Sessler continues, “All of which made it a real challenge to cover the audience evenly front to back and side to side, and the FOH area. That’s why we ended up going with two of the Martin Audio CDD12’s located directly above the center of the stage in a split mono cluster with another CDD12 located close to the center, about 2/3 back in the room." The system also includes a Midas M32 console and a Bose RoomMatch system for amps and processing.

“The two CDD12’s are flown above the front of the stage on either side of two CSX218 subs located in the center,” Sessler explains, “with one CDD12 going up the long side, one going across the short side and the third for back fill and coverage of FOH.”

Performance reports

Asked about the resulting coverage, Sessler points out: “As an internal design standard, we shoot for no worse than ±3dB throughout the seating area, and we try to get that in the ±2 to ±2.5 range, which we did with CDD -- and the coverage is very even. You can walk around the room and there’s very little difference. Everyone is pleased with the coverage and audio quality, and the amount of low end we can get is staggering.”

Reinforcing Sessler’s observations are Matt Smith, tech pastor for StoneBridge’s Omaha campus and Scott McCord, tech pastor for the Millard campus.

“Mike [Sessler] first brought CDD to the table because they’d just seen a demo of the system at InfoComm,” recounts Smith. “We’d looked at other systems but he sold us on Martin Audio, and we’ve been [very] happy and impressed with the system.”

The sound system for the worship space needed to be flexible in terms of both spoken word and music reproduction. Says McCord, “We run audio about 90dB, and the music is full spectrum (keys, guitar, acoustic drums, bass, vocals), so we had to have a PA that could reinforce the band in a small room without the volume getting out of control. That was non-negotiable."

McCord adds, “When Mike [Sessler] first brought up flying the subs, we weren’t overly keen because we felt we needed something on the ground. But now we’re very impressed with how they perform. The coverage is incredibly even throughout the room with a lot of tight, well-defined low end. We’re absolutely blown away.”

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