Posted in projects on November 25, 2015 10:56 am EST

North Carolina Church Gets Visually Discreet Sound System

Special Event Services installs L-Acoustics arrays for a visually pleasing boost in sound fidelity and coverage.

The Cove Church, Mooresville, N.C.


 

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By Church Designer Staff

Over the past 17 years, The Cove Church in Mooresville, N.C., has increased its membership to 5,000 congregants, in the process expanding to five regional campuses and a constantly growing number of neighborhood locations. But what ties them all together is Pastor Mike Madding’s sermons, broadcast and streamed each week from the church’s Mooresville location.

Problems & solutions

Realizing that the center cluster of the point source sound system that had been in use there since that building opened in 2008 was creating a visual problem for those broadcasts, the church decided to upgrade its entire sound system with a line array design that would keep the center area above the stage completely clear. After evaluating several contenders, an L-Acoustics Kara(i) system was chosen because only it could give The Cove Church both the sound and the look it needed, the manufacturer reports.

“Going with a line array was the way to get the look we wanted, and the L-Acoustics Kara system gave us the sound we needed at a price point that was manageable for the church.”

—Michael Brammer, Director of Touring Operations, SES, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Special Event Services (SES), the Cove Church’s AVL systems integration partner for 16 of its 17 years, installed a system comprising left and right main hangs of eight Kara(i) enclosures each, with two hangs of two SB18i subs behind each main array hang, and low end further bolstered by four SB28 subs on the ground. Far left and right arrays of eight Kiva each act as side fills for a challenging room that’s over 160 feet wide and less than 100 feet deep from stage lip to back wall, while two more Kiva enclosures were added as front fills. Six LA8 amplified controllers power all of these loudspeakers.

“The look of the broadcast has become much more important for churches now,” says SES Director of Touring Operations Michael Brammer, also a longtime member of The Cove Church congregation. “Going with a line array was the way to get the look we wanted, and the L-Acoustics Kara system gave us the sound we needed at a price point that was manageable for the church.”

Brammer says the sanctuary’s challenging dimensions were overcome using Kara’s excellent dispersion characteristics and the seamless sonic blend with the Kiva boxes used for side and front fills. “L-Acoustics was simply the best overall solution for this project,” he says.  continued >>

 

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