Dual VUE al-8 line arrays and hs-28 subwoofers in Chandler Christian's new youth facility.
Just 25 minutes southeast of Phoenix, Chandler Christian Church in Chandler, Arizona, recently completed the latest addition to its youth center and recreation facility. Already well appointed with a skate park, gymnasium, climbing wall, game room and café, "The Bridge" now offers a versatile, 10,000-square-foot multi-purpose and live entertainment venue complete with lighting and a full concert-grade audio system from AVDB Group, which designs, builds and integrates professional audio, video, lighting and control systems throughout California, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada.
The centerpiece of the church's new state-of-the-art sound reinforcement solution is a VUE Audiotechnik al-8 line array, with VUE V6 Systems Engines supplying all amplification and processing, and VUE subs for low-frequency support.
VUE al-8 line array in Chandler Christian Church
"We've been deploying VUE systems for nearly a year now, and have been consistently pleased with their extended frequency response and exceptional intelligibility," explains AVDB president and founder Marty Waverley.
"Over the years, Chandler Christian has deployed several different line arrays through various expansion projects—all with varying degrees of success," Waverley continues. "We were very excited to see if the VUE al-8 would finally the impact and clarity they've struggled to achieve in other locations."
Designed to function as both performance hall and recreation space, Chandler Christian's newest space presented the AVDB team with a number of critical challenges, including highly reflective wood flooring and numerous exposed ceiling structures. Exceptional pattern control was a critical consideration.
After creating an EASE model to determine the ideal al-8 configuration for the space, Nate Hall, AVDB's senior A/V designer, configured dual al-8 arrays of seven elements each. Five VUE V6 Systems Engines deliver power and processing for the arrays, while a pair of hs-28 subwoofers and an Avid SC48 console round out the mix.
"The al-8's coverage was near perfect from the moment we fired it up. It was exactly as the EASE model predicted," Hall says. "And the sound quality is simply amazing, especially at the high end. You can lean into the al-8 and it simply never breaks up or loses intelligibility.
For low frequency coverage, AVDB specified a pair of VUE hs-28 dual 18-inch subwoofers for the left and right of the stage. A forthcoming plan to install the subwoofers below the stage will see the hs-28s replaced by VUE's dual 15-inch hs-25 subwoofers later this year. But Waverley says he isn't the least bit worried about the swap.
"VUE is really onto something with their ACM technology," Waverley says. "Both the hs-28 and hs-25 subs deliver amazing amounts of clean energy for their size-dramatically more than most subs that share their footprint. With the lower-profile hs-25 we have the perfect fit for under the stage, with almost no discernible impact to low-frequency performance. The hs-25 is a really impressive unit. We're extremely pleased."