Posted in projects on June 28, 2016 3:00 pm EDT

Virginia Church Renovates with Audio in Mind

Founded in 1863, Third Baptist Church's current building was constructed in 1903. Recently, the church underwent a major interior renovation and a modern audio system upgrade with Community Entasys loudspeakers.

Third Baptist Church, Alexandria, Va.


 

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TAGS: acoustics, architectural design, audio upgrade, avl design, historic renovation, interior design,

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By Church Designer Staff

AV/COM Integrators of Severn, Md., designed and installed Alexandria, Va.-based Third Baptist Church's new audio system. The company's sales and system engineer, Chris Green, knew that Third Baptist’s worship services mixed traditional elements with a modern music style, so the church would need an audio system capable of both clear, intelligible speech and high-quality music production. Green also spoke with the church’s architect, John J. Recny of Helbing Lipp Recny Architects in Vienna, Va., and the church’s construction manager, Harry J. Thompson of Metropolitan Facilities Solutions of Alexandria, Va., and learned that the church wanted close visual integration of the audio system with the interior design envisioned by the architect.

"This was my first experience with the E Series in a high-level music environment, and I was very pleased with [its] ability to provide great music quality and consistent distribution -- even when they’re projecting 100dB into the seating space."

—Chris Green, Sales & System Engineer, AV/COM Integrators, Severn, MD

Fine-tuning technology

To achieve these goals, Green designed a system based on Community’s E Series loudspeakers. “We knew we couldn’t just replace the church’s existing central cluster because of the visual impact on the interior design,” he reports. “So I modeled the system with a stack of the Entasys ENT-FR columns on each side of the stage. I knew they would almost disappear visually against the wall, and the line-array effect would keep the sound in the seating area and away from ceiling reflections.”

The Entasys columns are supported by four under-stage VLF208LV subwoofers. Green angled the ENT-FR columns 10% downwards to cover the congregation while avoiding a back-wall echo; he then added four Community MX10B floor monitors for on-stage foldback use.

The system includes Shure wireless microphones for the pastor and the worship team and existing microphones were reused for the choir. A Roland digital mixer provides automatic or manual control of the system switched with an AMX control panel. The system is powered by QSC amplifiers with a QSC Q-Sys processor for networking and DSP services. AV/COM also installed the church’s new video system with Barco projectors and a Roland video switcher. The church plans to begin video streaming of its services in the near future.

Green reports that the E Series loudspeakers provide excellent directional control. “The columns are behind every microphone,” he notes. “But we have excellent vocal clarity and no feedback.”

He adds, “This was my first experience with the E Series in a high-level music environment, and I was very pleased with [its] ability to provide great music quality and consistent distribution -- even when they’re projecting 100dB into the seating space.”

 

 

 

Learn more about the companies in this story:

Community Pro

 

Roland

 

Shure Inc.

 

QSC Audio Products LLC

 

 

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