[caption id="attachment_17421" align="alignright" width="300" caption="**** Photo: The sanctuary at Cross Pointe Ministries ****"][/caption]Tupelo, MS – August 2012… From humble beginnings in 2004, Cross Pointe Ministries Pastors Kevin and Lesia Rea have grown their church from an initial 54 members into a much larger organization of approximately 700+ members. The Cross Pointe Ministries campus has been expanded in phases and most recently, the church celebrated the opening of their new building that provides seating capacity for over one thousand worshippers. To ensure a high level of speech and music reproduction capabilities throughout the seating areas, the church installed a new sound system—with components drawn from the TrueLine catalog of Greensboro, NC-based WorxAudio Technologies.
Terry Hayes, owner of Tupelo, MS-based Pro Concert Music, Inc., a full service commercial sound services company that specializes in the church and education markets, was contracted to design and deploy the church’s new sound reinforcement system. After discussions with church management to ascertain their goals for the system, Hayes deployed a central cluster consisting of six WorxAudio Technologies X1i-P powered line array elements augmented by two WorxAudio TL218SS-P powered subwoofers—one on each side of the stage area. He discussed the challenges of the project.
“In addition to consistent sound coverage, we were very concerned about the visual aesthetics of the space and, on that note, wanted to minimize line of sight issues,” explained Hayes. “For this reason, we elected to install a central loudspeaker cluster. These speakers needed to have broad horizontal dispersion and this was a key factor in our selection of the WorxAudio X1i-P. With a dispersion pattern of 160 degrees horizontal by 10 degrees vertical, we determined that a 6-element hang would properly fill the space.”
“I provided the WorxAudio Technologies support staff with the measurements of the room and emphasized the need to ensure coverage across the sanctuary’s 120-foot width,” Hayes continued. “After WorxAudio modeled the space in EASE Focus 2, I proceeded to install the system based upon their recommendations. I emphasized the fact that this building is metal construction with a concrete floor, as I was very concerned about echoes. WorxAudio’s TrueAim Grid™ made the process of installing the loudspeakers a remarkably easy task. The bottom of the cluster is positioned 21 feet above the congregation floor and, thanks to the precise throw of the loudspeaker enclosures, echo was held to a minimum. With the congregation in the church, there was no need for acoustical treatment!”
In addition to the six forward facing loudspeakers, there is an additional X1i-P mounted on the rear of the TrueAim Grid. This loudspeaker is positioned down toward the stage and serves as an on-stage monitoring system. It is completely hidden from the congregation’s view.
“The two WorxAudio TL218SS-P subwoofers do a terrific job of providing the low end punch for the system,” Hayes added. “With two 18-inch transducers in each enclosure, there’s plenty of low frequency sound from this system. Music plays a prominent role in worship services here, so these subs are a vital part of the overall sound. The fact that the entire system is self-powered was yet another factor that figured prominently in my selection of the WorxAudio equipment, as it minimized noise and power loss from long cable runs and the amps with DSP are part of each enclosure’s design. As a result, there was no need to find a space to house a rack of heavy power amps.”
Being a member of Cross Pointe Ministries, Hayes knew that any shortcoming of the sound system would haunt him on a weekly basis. He knew he could count on WorxAudio’s customer support services to help him design and deploy the right system. “WorxAudio’s support was terrific,” Hayes reports. “They did a great job of modeling the room and had my back every step of the way—all without incurring any additional expense. Speech intelligibility is terrific and the sound remains consistent throughout the entire space. The client is thrilled and I’ve had several other churches come by to listen and observe the new system. I can say with confidence, they're the best speakers I’ve ever heard!”
For additional information about Cross Pointe Ministries, visit them online at www.crosspointeministries.com. To learn more about Pro Concert Music, Inc., contact the company at 662-842-0300 or 662-491-0505.
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 over 30 years—since 1979. 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.