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Clearwing Takes On Christmas Under the Stars

Clearwing Productions provided audio outdoors at 10 different locations for Christ’s Church of the Valley’s annual Christmas event.

Soundcheck for Christmas Under The Stars at CCV’s North Phoenix campus where Clearwing used an L-Acoustics Kara/SB28 rig.
Soundcheck for Christmas Under The Stars at CCV’s North Phoenix campus where Clearwing used an L-Acoustics Kara/SB28 rig.

Phoenix, AZ (January 4, 2021) – Christ’s Church of the Valley (CCV), a non-denominational Christian church located in and around Phoenix, has 10 worship locations (soon to be 12); needing to keep its worshipers safe during the pandemic but still answer the church’s calling during the holiday season, it teamed with Clearwing Productions to produce Christmas Under The Stars outdoors and safely spaced at all of its campuses over six nights during the holiday.

The programs were seen by an estimated 50,000 people in total, and heard as well, due to the deployment of 210 L-Acoustics loudspeaker enclosures and components provided by the Phoenix office of Clearwing Productions.

“It was pretty incredible,” recalls Clearwing Audio engineer/designer Joe Spitzer.  “We approached this as we would a music festival with 10 separate stages. L-Acoustics had the perfect mix of speakers and technologies to let us design and build PA systems that were exactly matched to each location’s acoustical and coverage needs, as well as make sure we had consistent sound quality across all 10 sites. Plus, it was consistent with the sound the church is used to hearing, because it has L-Acoustics Kara or Kiva II systems in more than half of its campuses. So the system performance was very familiar to the own engineers.”

The main Peoria campus had the largest single system, consisting of a flown PA using seven Kara boxes per side for the main arrays and six more per hang for the side arrays. A half-dozen SB28 subs provided low end, and the whole system was powered by four LA-RAK II amplified controllers, each containing three LA12X amplifiers.

Baseball-Themed ‘Rigoletto’ Covers Bases, Audience

The other nine campuses had combinations of six Kara or eight Kiva II speakers per side, most stacked atop a pair of either SB28 or KS28 subs, while two locations had six-Kara hangs flown per side. One location, an auditorium with a wide, fan-shaped seating area, utilized two A15 Wide and two A15 Focus enclosures per side.

In all, Clearwing’s technicians deployed a sum of 74 Kara, 48 Kiva II, ten X8, six X15 HiQ, six ARCS II, four A15 Focus, four A15 Wide, eight 12XT, and two Syva, paired with a total of 28 SB28, 16 KS28, and four KS21 subs, plus 25 amplified controller racks.

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