Posted in projects on January 12, 2016 9:44 am EST

University Chapel in Syracuse, N.Y., Dons New Sound System With Steered Beams

DCI Sound specs Renkus-Heinz Iconyx Gen5 loudspeakers to deliver music and speech intelligibility to prestigious venue with diverse needs.

Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University received an upgrade to Renkus-Heinz Iconyx Gen5 loudspeakers.











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By Church Designer Staff

Hendricks Chapel is quite reverberant, with domed ceilings, curved walls, and deep balconies that complicate the acoustics.

For 85 years, Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y., has been the spiritual, ethical, and cultural heart of the institution, connecting its large, diverse community. The beautiful Greco-Roman-style building hosts a wide variety of weddings, services, lectures, choir performances, and music events. Crowds range from intimate gatherings of 100 to major events with more than 1,000 people. To deliver the quality of music and speech appropriate for such a prestigious venue, the university recently upgraded the chapel's sound system with Renkus-Heinz Iconyx Gen5 loudspeakers.

Background & setting

"The space was underutilized until about 15 years ago," recalls David May, owner of DCI Sound in Marcellus, N.Y. "At that time, we installed a sound system that was primarily Renkus-Heinz loudspeakers and first generation steerable arrays. Finally, people could hear, and usage of the space increased. But that system was designed for speech intelligibility, and Hendricks Chapel now hosts many musical events. So in the summer of 2015, the university asked us to design and install a new system that would address the chapel's expanded requirements."

As May explains, DCI has extensive experience with Iconyx. "In addition to the advantages of steered beams, Iconyx are much more musical and have higher output capability than the systems we used before," he explains. "Iconyx Gen5 is even better because you get a more flexible selection of configurations, with even greater precision. That means we can customize Gen5 systems even better for each venue, and we can deliver a high-quality system for less money."

Hendricks Chapel is quite reverberant, with domed ceilings, curved walls, and deep balconies that complicate the acoustics. "The balcony areas are almost acoustically isolated from the main nave," May explains. "Fortunately, Iconyx Gen5 arrays deliver plenty of power, and their multiple precision-steered beams enabled us to address the acoustical issues."

Design & installation details

To cover the main auditorium seating, May chose a left-right pair of Iconyx Gen5 IC24-RN digitally steerable line arrays, mounted on each side of the proscenium. The IC24-RN employs 24 4-inch coaxial transducers, each with three tweeters, in a slim, low profile design.

"Because we can choose the location of multiple beams, we were able to mount the arrays up high, getting the beams above the lectern mics," May explains. "That improved gain before feedback." For sub-bass, May opted for Renkus-Heinz CFX12S 12-inch high-performance subwoofers. "The CFX subwoofers provide excellent warmth in the low end," he notes.  continued >>