To accommodate significant growth, seven years ago Connecticut's First Cathedral of Bloomfield (www.firstcathedral.org) constructed a new worship center housing a 3,000-seat sanctuary; however, the sound reinforcement system was never felt to be an ideal complement for the room.
Consequently, First Cathedral media director LeRoy Bailey III turned last year to Omega Consultants Inc. of Olympia, Wash., to provide the design and installation of a new audio system, which ultimately featured a Soundcraft Vi6 digital live sound console at FOH paired with an analog 48-channel Soundcraft MH3 running monitors.
According to Bailey, “Shannon Ericson at Omega and I designed this system to be as cutting edge as currently possible in an effort to best prepare our new sanctuary for the future of worship facilities. With the installation of our new Soundcraft consoles, BSS processors, Crown amplifiers and JBL loudspeakers, volunteer and professional engineers alike can now expect to experience some the best equipment in the world here on our site.”
In addition to the two Soundcraft consoles, other installed gear include AKG C 414 mics for the choir and C 3000s and D 880Ms for the band; BSS London (BLU-16 and BLU-32) and FDS-336T Minidrive processors; Crown I-Tech, Macro-Tech and CTs Series power amplifiers; and JBL Precision Directivity (PD), VerTec and Control Series loudspeakers, as well as LSR4300 Series studio monitors in the control room, with plans to add more stage monitors in the future.