A new house system, based around a trio of Community I Series IP8 1122/26 loudspeakers, covers everyone inside Faith Fellowship Church in Wirtz, VA.
Wirtz, VA (March 17, 2015)—Faith Fellowship Church has held its services in a “stressed membrane structure” since 1999, but last year, it updated the unusual venue’s audio system with a new Community loudspeaker system that would cover the 88-foot by 120-foot space.
All Pro Sound in Pensacola, Florida had helped the church with previous upgrades, video projection and wireless microphones, so it was asked to come back and design a system that would provide coverage that would properly convey the energy of the full praise band and 15-person chorus.
All Pro’s Jeff Knighten designed a system that uses three Community I Series IP8 1122/26 loudspeakers, distributed across the stage front, to cover the room’s four seating areas. A pair of IS8 115 subwoofers provide extended low-frequency support. The system is light enough to hang safely from the building’s steel frame and the white loudspeakers match the building’s interior. The system is powered by Ashly amplifiers and All Pro added an Ashly Protea DSP for loudspeaker management. While some portions of the audio system were updated, an Allen & Heath GL2200 mixer, Audio-Technica wireless microphones and Shure handheld wired mics remain in use from the previous original system.
Faith Fellowship’s Josh Cokendolpher says the church’s upgraded audio system was completed in time for the 2014 Christmas holidays. “It was like going from black and white to color,” he said. “We were always pushing the old system to its limits and some people complained about the coverage, but now we have more than enough headroom and everyone can hear.”
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