Posted in projects on April 15, 2016 10:52 am EDT

Sound System Upgrade Helps Tennessee Church Reach Every Ear

An old mono center cluster system intended for use with a vocal mic and a piano gets a turn into the modern age. The result: Greater congregational immersion in worship, and simply better sound.

The main sanctuary at Hendersonville First Baptist features Vue al-8SB, al-8 and al-4 combo CST Line Array Systems as the mains. All photos ©2015 Chris Demonbreun.


 

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TAGS: audio upgrade, avl design, line array loudspeakers, sound reinforcement,

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By Church Designer Staff

Vue loudspeaker arrays were installed on either side of the sanctuary, each consisting of 10 al-8 High Output Line Array Systems and three al-8SB Flyable Subwoofer Systems flown in a cardioid configuration.

Replacing a 25-year-old sound system can be an enlightening experience, both literally and figuratively. Having taken its old mono PA system as far into the future as it could go, First Baptist Church Hendersonville in Tennessee was ready to provide its growing congregation with an immersive modern worship experience, including a state-of-the-art sound system, video and lighting. Vue Audiotechnik loudspeakers and amplifiers were chosen for the upgrade, with installation handled by video and audio consultant/designer Technical Innovation of Nashville, Tenn.

Gear specifics and design

Vue loudspeaker arrays were installed on either side of the sanctuary, each consisting of 10 al-8 High Output Line Array Systems and three al-8SB Flyable Subwoofer Systems flown in a cardioid configuration, for coverage of the main congregation area in the 2,200-capacity room. Eight Vue al-4 Subcompact Line Array Systems were placed on the floor at the lip of the stage to serve as front fills. The al-4’s controlled dispersion pattern (90 degrees horizontal x 10 degrees vertical) enables the front rows of the congregation to clearly hear; the setup’s extremely low profile doesn’t interfere with sightlines either.

Vue’s al-4 as front fill helps fortify the sound and support the church's praise and worship.

The new system is powered by six V6-i and two V4-i VUE V Series System Engines. A newly installed Soundcraft vi3000 Digital Live Sound Console serves as the system’s “front end,” providing the front-of-house and monitor mixes.

“We had an old mono center cluster system and at the time of its installation it was intended for use with a vocal mic and a piano,” says Ben Swaby, director of communications and information technology at First Baptist Church Hendersonville. “Since that system was installed, we’ve grown to the point where we have 170 choir members, a 60-person orchestra, and our modern praise band every week. We also host a lot of events, such as the Southern Baptist Convention. We needed an audio system that would help us leap forward. The people at Vue and Technical Innovation were the only ones confident enough to say ‘we can do this whole thing by creating a system that produces a stereo image.’ That was one of the biggest selling points right up front because we wanted that stereo image due to how much fuller and richer it would sound.”

Balancing the al-8’s enhanced high-frequency reproduction are low- and mid-frequency drivers developed specifically for use in the al-8. Two eight-inch low-frequency transducers feature three-inch voice coils for increased power handling, while a quartet of four-inch drivers with Kevlar cones and Neodymium magnet structures handle the midrange. Vue’s lateral acoustic shade acoustically “moves” the midrange drivers closer together to optimize directivity at their upper operating range for a smooth transition to the HF driver across the entire coverage area.  continued >>

 

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