Royal Palm Beach, FL â€“ December 2008â€¦ After struggling with a sound reinforcement system that was under capacity for the size of its sanctuary, the management of Christ Fellowship Church, Royal Palm Campus decided the time had come to act upon the matter. The non-denominational Church, which has four campuses plus online worship, is guided by Senior Pastor Dr. Tom Mullins. Following a protracted search for a viable solution that would complement a contemporary, music-driven worship format where video plays a dominant role in its services; the Church selected a line array system from Greensboro, NC-based WorxAudio Technologies.
In order to reach the congregation that is spread across multiple locations, Pastor Mullins frequently preaches from the main (Palm Beach) Gardens Campus and his presence is transmitted via fiber optic to a large video display above the stage/altar area in the Royal Palm sanctuary. For Paul Boone, President and CEO of Burlington, NC-based Boone Audio, Incorporated, the firm contracted to upgrade the Churchâ€™s sound system, the large video display was just one of several significant challenges the project presented.
â€œChrist Fellowship Churchâ€™s Royal Palm sanctuary is a large space that was originally a Target retail store,â€? explained Boone. â€œThe main sanctuary is 130 feet long by 120 feet wide, but with a ceiling height of just 18 feet. The main stage/altar area faces into the room length-wise, so the sound system required the ability to throw far and wide. Because of the low ceiling, however, we needed a loudspeaker system with the ability to accurately control the sound dispersion. Otherwise, we would have encountered excessive sound reflections off the open truss, metal corrugated ceiling, which would seriously hinder speech intelligibility. This, coupled with the necessity of maintaining a clear line of sight to the stage for those people seated on the far left and right sides, along with a number of support columns throughout the space that could interfere with the loudspeakerâ€™s dispersion, presented some very significant challenges.â€?
Boone reports that after a demonstration in April of 2008, Church management gave their approval to proceed with the system he designedâ€”a WorxAudio Technologies TrueLine line array setup that would ultimately consist of fourteen TrueLine V8i-P self-powered installation line array elements and two TrueLine V8DF-P powered downfill elements, coupled with two TrueLine TL218SS subwoofers for low frequency support. The installation of acoustical treatmentâ€”also handled by the Boone Audio teamâ€” and the sound system itself, commenced in mid October 2008, with the first service occurring later that month.
According to Boone, â€œWe flew seven V8i-P modules plus a single V8DF-P downfill module per side in a left-right stereo configuration over the front area of the stage. These two clusters, which were flown at a height of 17 feet, are augmented by two TL218SS subwoofers that are installed into their own cubbyholes underneath the front of the stage/altar area.â€? The WorxAudio TrueLine V8i-P line array is a self-powered, ultra-compact, two-way, high efficiency, line array loudspeaker. The V8DF-P compliments the standard V8i with its ability to provide expanded vertical dispersionâ€”making it an excellent choice for front fill applications. The WorxAudio TL218SS subwoofer utilizes dual WorxAudio TL1801SS long excursion, high output, 18-inch LF transducers housed in tuned port enclosure.
With the project completed, Boone commented on the overall process. â€œThe low ceiling, line of sight issues, and support columns all contributed to a unique set of challenges on this job,â€? states Boone. â€œHugh Sarvis of WorxAudio provided TEF analyzer measurements and EASE Focus modeling on this project, and this was a tremendous help. With the new system installed, the room now has a totally different character audio-wise. Coverage is extremely even no matter where you sit in the sanctuary, and the system has a commanding presence all the way to the rear of the room. Weâ€™ve received very positive comments from the churchâ€™s senior level worship team and after hearing the system in their Royal Palm Campus sanctuary, church management was very decided to explore the possibility of upgrading other locations. We have since entered into discussions to handle a similar system upgrade at the main campus. When an installation leads to new business, thatâ€™s the best compliment we could ever receive!â€?
For additional information about Boone Audio, Inc., visit the company online at www.booneaudio.com.
About WorxAudio Technologies
Headquartered in Greensboro, NC, WorxAudio Technologies has been at the forefront of loudspeaker development for the pro touring and contractor markets for the past twenty-nine years. With a comprehensive lineup of more than twenty loudspeaker models that feature integrated rigging hardware for streamlined installation and pack out, WorxAudio products can be found in prestigious facilities worldwide. For additional information, visit the company online at www.worxaudio.com.