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When The Met Church Met ShowMatch

Houston’s The Met Church updates 20+ year old audio system with Bose.

Houston, TX (February 15, 2018)—Houston’s The Met Church recently updated the 20+ year old audio system at its Jones Road campus. Atlanta, GA-based Scott Clark, a design engineer from integration firm Diversified Engineering Sciences, Inc., worked with Bose Professional to create a system that would meet the church’s modern-day needs, including a praise band and video production.Clark worked with Josh Cash, the new tech director at The Met Church, on the project. “The worship center is the standard Baptist church: a fan-shaped room with raked pews that go up side loges all the way to the balcony,” explained Clark. “The stage is more contemporary, but the seating is more traditional. It’s a fairly tall seating shape with a reasonably short back wall—from the edge of the stage to the back wall is about 120 feet. Like most churches, you’re not really doing an extremely long throw; you’re doing what I would call a medium throw.”

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The Met Church system includes a total of 21 ShowMatch modules, eight ShowMatch SMS118 subwoofers, two Bose Panaray LT 9702 WR loudspeakers as side-fills and four RoomMatch Utility RMU208 modules. Each of the two main arrays (arranged in left/right configuration and flown above the stage) consists of five Bose ShowMatch SM5s, one SM10 and two SM20s (equipped with SM20WG12 waveguides). The center array, installed to satisfy Cash’s design criteria for center localization, consists of one SM5, two SM10s and two SM20s (equipped with SM20WG12 waveguides).

“The Panarays are located just to the outside of the left and right main arrays,” said Clark. “They are used as side-fill speakers for a very narrow slice of the front corner of the space that is not being covered in the high frequencies by the left and right arrays. So, we rotated these speakers to be 90 degrees in the vertical and 70 degrees in the horizontal, and they’re filling in just the front corners of the space.”

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Clark utilized two subwoofer arrays, flown one behind the other. Each array consists of four SMS118 subwoofers. “Both of those arrays are behind the center localization array, and they’re spaced apart 68 inches face to face,” he explained. “That provides a nice cardioid pattern to minimize energy behind the speakers going up into [the space] behind the stage wall and into the ceiling.”

A total of 12 Bose PowerMatch PM8500Ns powers the speakers. “The 8500Ns are eight-channel amps that you can bridge and also group into four channels per output,” said Clark. A Bose ControlSpace ESP-880 with a Dante expansion card is used for digital signal processing.

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