According to Brad Van Voorst, project Leader for Reach Communications during the installation, the NEXO GEO S12 product family was the clear choice from the beginning. “The NEXO family was chosen for a variety of reasons for this particular project," he says. "The room is a highly reverberant space that really benefits from the low frequency pattern control that a true line array offers as well as the consistent phase response between the different models within the NEXO family. Being able to smoothly transition from the GEO S12 array to the M6 front-fills and the PS8 under-balcony fills was an important feature. Dante integration in the NXAmps kept the entire signal chain digital, which helps to reduce the overall noise floor. Speakers with a white finish were necessary, given the traditional décor of the room.”
Van Voorst adds that the results lived up fully to the design goals. “The system serves well for both traditional and contemporary services. It performs great at any level and is consistent even as the level is pushed, with contemporary services running in the mid 90dBA range," he reports. "The flown RS15 array was a later alteration during the design process, given that subs for the previous system were under the stage and the aesthetics of the flown subs were a question mark in terms of being visually suitable for the room. Being able to fly them behind the main array helped to hide them a bit as well as keeping the acoustical time alignment as close as possible, requiring very little digital time alignment. Overall, the visual appearance of the system looks great in the room, with a very clean look that fits extremely well in this formal space.”
Last year, prior to the NEXO installation, Reach installed a Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console with two Rio3224-D input/output boxes in the sanctuary. During the recent NEXO installation, a BSS London BLU806 was added to the system, so that Dante networking can run directly from the CL5 to the BLU806 and then out to the NEXO amps. A Waves Server One and Waves plug-in package was also added as part of the recent install.