SHOWORKS (Atlanta) recently spec’d Sabine’s wireless system for Temple Sinai. “Many of our small- and medium-sized houses of worship do not have the luxury of a trained staff for running their sound systems,” says Rex Garrett from SHOWORKS. “Sabine’s wireless system is the key that makes Temple Sinai’s system as simple to use as flipping a switch.”
As many as eight worshippers speak from the bema during services at Temple Sinai, so SHOWORKS installed mics on each lectern. In addition, the rabbis and cantor wear wireless mics so they are free to move to pray in front of the Ark or to carry the Torah into the congregation.
“The Sabine SWM7000 wireless systems worked flawlessly for six months in our rental department before we considered them for this job,” Garrett says. “Besides great sound, they have several features that make them the obvious choice for a hands-free system. The built-in battery charger eliminates the need for someone to open the transmitter and change batteries before every service. The rabbis simply unplug the transmitters from the charger, and they are ready to go. The Cantor has a powerful voice with an amazing dynamic range, so we used the built-in compressor/limiter on her mic. We would have had to install a separate outboard processor if we had used any other microphone. The levels were all preset during the installation, and the built-in FBX automatically takes care of any feedback that might occur after we leave. Everything is automatic.”
Another advantage is the programmable power switch on the transmitters, which can be set to toggle between on and off, on and mute, or on in both positions. This proved to be a critical component. “When they speak from either of the lecterns, the rabbis mute the wireless to eliminate phase distortion with the lectern mic. They only switch on the wireless when they step away from a lectern. Sabine’s un-mute is totally undetectable,” remarks Garrett.
The Sanctuary system includes two dual-channel receivers and four beltpack transmitters equipped with Sabine SWT31L-TA4 miniature cardioid lavalier microphones. Two SWT56W headworn microphones are also available and used in folk services.
In the “Large Social Hall” adjacent to the Sanctuary, there are three additional wireless mic channels. These are shared between a 30×60-foot multipurpose room and a 30×30-foot classroom area, separated by a movable room divider. The Sanctuary and Social Hall wireless mic systems are covered by two SWA6SS antenna distribution amplifiers. These are paired with split extension antennas, switched to +44dB boost. Also available for use in either area are three hand-held SWM7000 condenser wireless microphone transmitters.