The original Holy Trinity Anglican Parish Church in Tauranga, New Zealand, was destroyed by fire in 1999, and was rebuilt three years later. The centerpiece of the new church complex is the 900-seat, semi-circular worship auditorium, which features an acoustical ceiling treatment (made with rare kauri wood salvaged from the old church) and conceals a system of Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers.
The semi-circular seating arrangement made four UPA-1P compact wide coverage loudspeakers an appropriate choice for the main system. The UPA-1Ps are mounted in the gaps between the elegant overhead acoustical panels and configured in a left-right, left-right arrangement to provide stereo spread. Sound for seats under the balcony is augmented by a dozen MM-4 miniature wide-range loudspeakers, while deep bass is provided by an under-stage pair of USW-1P compact subwoofers.
The UPA-1P as was specified as the main cabinet because the compact size allowed discreet placement inside the narrow gaps in the acoustical ceiling treatment. Because of the relatively short throw distances and moderately live acoustics, it has been noted that the system easily produces levels of 95 to 100 dB (C weighted) throughout the room.
Other key components of the new system include a Midas Venice console, QSC amplifiers, a Clear-Com production intercom and Ampetronics inductive loop assisted listening system. The amplifiers drive the MM-4 loudspeakers, Meyer Sound’s only non-self-powered product, which are too small to house onboard electronics.
The church regularly hosts orchestral and operatic programs, pop and jazz acts, Holy Trinity’s Peter Minson notes that “We have everything here, from gently amplified acoustic sounds to howling, head-banging rock for the all-electric youth service on Saturday nights. It can handle all of those sounds without batting an eyelid.”