Lutheran Church of Hope Uses Martin Audio W8LCs

The Lutheran Church of Hope (near Des Moines, IA) enjoyed a service delivered via Martin Audio’s W8LC Compact Line Array system.
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The Lutheran Church of Hope (near Des Moines, IA) enjoyed a service delivered via Martin Audio’s W8LC Compact Line Array system.

According to Brian Ingwell of Go Audio, the company that performed the installation, the challenges were substantial: “The church had done this event in smaller venues and had coverage issues with people near the stage being adversely affected by high volume levels, so they were interested in exploring the benefits that a line array could offer. It was imperative to have a system that sounded natural and allowed everyone speaking to be clearly heard and understood. Directivity and isolation were a concern as there were two large choirs onstage to contend with.

“When it comes to compact line array systems, we have yet to find a mid-size box that has the vocal clarity and low-end output of the W8LC,” he continues. “The sensitivity for the box is great given that it’s fully horn-loaded. The output is amazing; the low-end extension is unbelievable for a single 12-inch driver. We’ve done several jobs where we’ve brought in subs and put them on an aux, and didn’t even have to use them because there was enough low end coming out of the main array.”

The system comprises 28 Martin Audio W8LC compact line array cabinets, including four hangs—two 10-deep front hangs and two 4-deep side hangs—12 Martin Audio WSX subwoofers and four Martin EM56 frontfills.

The rest of the system comprised a Midas Heritage 2000 with a Midas Venice 160 submixer at front of house, a Soundcraft MH4 monitor console, TC Electronic 1128 EQ and QSC Powerlight amplifiers with Ashly Protea 4.24C processing.

For more information about this install, please visit the Martin Audio Website at www.martin-audio.com.