Modesto, CA (February 1, 2021)—During the pandemic, many houses of worship have been livestreaming or podcasting, but traditional church gatherings are still on the docket for the future. With many people now used to a sense of increased intimacy due to worshiping via screens, keeping that sense of closeness will be crucial when in-person services return. For The House in Modesto, CA, that meant upgrading its PA recently to an Adamson system to ensure congregants in the 1,800-capacity auditorium will be able to experience worship that same sense of being near to those speaking and leading services.
The PA, installed by Clark Productions, includes two main arrays of eight boxes of S10; the top four boxes are S10n while the bottom four boxes are S10. Low end coverage is provided by six E219 flown above the center of the stage in an end-fire configuration, as well as two E119 placed on the floor for additional presence. Two S10p point source cabinets flank each side of the arrays and are used as side fills, while ten PC5 speakers act as front fills. The balcony features seven S10p, while M12 are used on stage as monitors for the pastoral team.
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Church members were quick to comment on the upgraded system. Jason Rightnour, audio director at The House, received compliments on the install on the very first weekend the PA was deployed: “I had different people come up and tell me how much better it sounded, that there was clarity in the pastors’ speeches as well as a much clearer sound when the band played. Many of these people had never said anything to me in the five years I’ve been running sound for the church.” He notes that the auditorium is a live room with many reflections and little to no acoustical treatment, which makes achieving optimal sound difficult. The Adamson PA made a noticeable difference in both the sonic quality as well as reach of the sound.
The House AV team was also impressed with the upgrade. Colby Higgins, the church’s monitor engineer, stated: “I love the Adamson system. It sounds much better than our previous PA. I am blown away by how a small box like the S10 can output more both in clarity and volume than our previous bigger, clunky boxes.” Rightnour echoes this sentiment: “When I first saw the PA being flown into position with eight boxes per side, I was thinking, ‘this is not going to be enough PA to fill this room.’ But after the rig was installed and tuned, I was in shock with how loud it got!”
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