Fairview Baptist Church recently held a dedication service for a new facility that was the result of a growing congregation. The church's new fan-shaped sanctuary seats between 1,000 to 1,500 people, and features a "blended" worship style comprising traditional and contemporary elements. The musical program includes an organ, piano, orchestra and a praise team. When the church personnel were seeking a company to design and install an audio/visual system, they turned to dB Sound and Video Inc.
"It's a fairly traditional-looking church," explains Mike Hedden, president of dB Audio and Video and partner at Danley Sound Labs. "Our instructions were to design a sound system that was virtually invisible to the congregation, yet delivered clear, clean intelligible sound. Other goals were to make the choir sound fuller and keep the pastor's lavalier mic sounding natural without feedback.
"Making the audio sound great with the loudspeakers encased inside a proscenium is a bit of a task," he continues. "This room is fairly live acoustically, as the church did not have an acoustician on the front end of the job. We had to make sure that the loudspeakers kept the energy off the walls and ceiling as best as possible." Hedden's answer was to use the Danley Sound Labs' SH-50 loudspeakers and integrate them into the proscenium.
"What makes the SH-50 three-way speakers from Danley so nice," Hedden points out, "is that you've got effective pattern control down to around 300 Hz, so the entire enclosure does a great job of directivity."
This also applies to the sound coming from the choir. According to Hedden, "It's a typical complaint. A congregation moves from a smaller facility into a new large auditorium and they immediately complain that the choir doesn't sound the same. Getting better gain before feedback and having much more potential acoustic gain in the overall design alleviates this issue. The pattern control of the Danley SH-50s gave us power to make the choir substantially louder out in the auditorium."
A pair of SH-50s provide coverage to the main floor and balcony, three SH-100s were positioned as side and center-fills and another pair of SH-100s were installed for choir foldback. Two Danley TH-112 high-output, single 12-inch driver subwoofers reinforce the low frequencies. An Avoim system, combined with floor units, are used for monitoring onstage.
Two Yamaha 01V96 audio consoles are cascaded together, and operate with outboard preamplifiers by Behringer and a 16-channel wireless AKG microphone. The audio system is driven by a combination of power amps by Crown and Yamaha, with Behringer DSP.
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