When Pyxis Industries (Riverside, Calif.) was asked by North Coast Church to bid on the design and installation of sound systems at two different locations (North Coast Live and The Edge, pictured), owner Chad Costanzo didn’t hesitate—despite only having six weeks to do the job. The vendor that was originally retained to design and install the systems pulled out of the project only two months before opening day at both facilities. Costanzo went to work with systems engineer Alan DiCato, deciding how to handle the project within the church’s allocated budget.
Pyxis had the two systems—based on Electro-Voice rigs—designed, priced and approved within three weeks. The core elements of both systems are “exploded array” clusters drawn from the Xi Series. While the rooms are physically dissimilar—one is rectangular and the other more trapezoidal, and their ceilings are different heights—the clusters are identical except for the angles of the speakers. The clusters combine full-range Xi-1153A/64Fs for long throw and Xi-122MHA/64Fs for front-fills/down-fills. The low end for both clusters is augmented by three dual-18 X-subs in concrete bunkers below the stage; monitoring is via TX1122 FM stage wedges, while powering is handled by E-V CPS Series amps.
For system control, Pyxis chose an Electro-Voice NetMax N8000-1500 with three added DSP cards. The NetMax systems also included optional digital I/O cards that allow Pyxis to bring in 96kHz/24-bit AES/EBU digital audio directly from the Midas digital console without any conversion.