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Renkus-Heinz Rides Into Marysville

A modern church in an old town got a new audio system with the help of DK Audio Video.

Marysville, KS (September 12, 2018)—Marysville, KS may be an old town (it was a stop on the Pony Express and the Oregon Trail), but it’s also home to the new building housing St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church. The edifice sports an audio system designed and installed by DK Audio Video of Colorado Springs, CO, centered around a Renkus-Heinz IC Live Gen5 digitally steered array loudspeaker system.

“When we first started working with St. Gregory, I arranged a demonstration to show them the differences between loudspeaker systems,” recalls DK Audio Video CEO Lucas Lafferty. “They heard point-source boxes and the distributed audio systems that many churches use, and they couldn’t stand them.” Presenting them with the ICONYX system answered both the church’s audio and aesthetic concerns.

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Services at St. Gregory are traditional in feel, featuring choir, organ, and spoken word, and are now heard through a Renkus-Heinz ICONYX IC Live Gen5 system. Lafferty noted, “It has worked out well. We installed a pair of ICL-F-DUAL-RN arrays, left and right, with Renkus-Heinz CFX18S subwoofers for low-end support, and the sound is excellent.” The IC Lives are on the front walls, flanking the apse, placed to be almost decorative, while the subwoofers are concealed behind grilles.”

The biggest things the church wanted were ease of use and feedback control. “Coverage was very important as well, because the sanctuary is very large, with a capacity of about 750,” Lafferty observes. “IC Live arrays have wide horizontal dispersion, and combined with beam-steering, we could cover the entire room evenly.”

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A Mackie DL32R rack-mount digital mixer handles audio mixing and routing. The mixer is wirelessly controlled with an iPad so there’s no need for a mixing station. Lafferty’s team programmed the DL32R to be easy for volunteers to use, providing a few necessary controls, such as level faders, and locking out features that require more expertise. All speaker processing is handled with the loudspeakers’ onboard DSP.

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