Ringgold, VA â€“ March 2009â€¦ With a rich history that dates back to 1876, Ringgold Baptist Church has a diverse congregation and a variety of ministries that are well suited to help its membership find the message of Christ and to live better lives as a result. Guided by Pastor Dr. Steve Ellis, the church recently decided to overhaul the sound reinforcement system in its sanctuary. After selecting Danville, VA-based Big Sound Productions to spearhead the facility upgrade, Ringgold Baptist Church ultimately found itself the proud owner of a new TrueLine X3i-P line array system from WorxAudio Technologies.
Chuck Eskey, Owner of Big Sound Productions, a design/build firm that caters primarily to the church audiovisual installation market, discussed the challenges this project presented. â€œThe sanctuary at Ringgold Baptist Church is approximately 80 feet long by 45 feet wide, with a sheet rock ceiling at a height of 21 feet,â€? notes Eskey. â€œThe space provides fixed pew seating for approximately 300 people and worship services are fairly traditional in natureâ€”with music provided by choral, piano, or organ performances. The stage/altar area faces into the length of the room.â€?
â€œSpeech intelligibility and the ability to accurately reproduce music were key considerations in the selection of the upgraded audio system,â€? continued Eskey. â€œOf equal importance, a clear line of sight to the stage from any seat in the sanctuaryâ€”free from visual obstructions caused by loudspeaker enclosuresâ€”was deemed essential. For this reason, I determined that a centrally-positioned line array system made the best choice for this space.â€?
After evaluating a number of prospective systems, Eskey ultimately selected WorxAudio Technologiesâ€™ recently introduced TrueLineX3i-P line array. Painted white to match the roomâ€™s dÃ©cor, the WorxAudio TrueLineX3i-P is a compact, â€œall-in-oneâ€? line array system incorporating three modules, each with a medium format, 1-inch exit compression driver that is paired with dual 8-inch cone transducers. The system utilizes a total of three high frequency drivers and six bass driversâ€”all housed in a remarkably low-profile enclosure. The upper two modules of theX3i-P provide 10-degree vertical dispersion while the lower module delivers a 25-degree vertical pattern. Combined, the three modules create a 36-degree vertical system with an unusually broad horizontal dispersion of 160 degrees. The system is self-powered by WorxAudioâ€™s PMD-1.5 digital power amplifier that delivers 1,000 watts to the low frequencies and 500 watts to the highs.
To create a visually clean and uncluttered appearance, Eskey deployed WorxAudioâ€™s unique TrueAimâ„¢ Grid rigging hardware. The TrueAim Grid incorporates a proprietary means of leveling the line array and suspends the entire system with a single industry-standard schedule 40 pipe through which all wiring passes, creating a clean, aesthetically pleasing appearanceâ€”free from the distractions of visible cable. â€œWe flew theX3i-P at a height of twenty feet at the front center edge of the stage,â€? says Eskey. â€œThe TrueAim Grid creates the impression that the system is floating in air. Itâ€™s a remarkably clean looking setup.â€?
Eskey commented on theX3i-Pâ€™s performance attributes, â€œTheX3i-P turned out to be ideal for this sanctuary. The system has the throw to cover the entire room and its broad 160-degree horizontal dispersion could not be better for this space. No matter where you sit, sound quality is consistent, speech intelligibility is clear and natural, and the music reproduction characteristics of the system are very musical. With the front row of the congregation positioned approximately six feet from the edge of the stage, I was initially concerned about the volume up close. As it turns out, the level is well balanced from front to rearâ€”without blasting those seated in the front rows.â€?
Eskey and his crew also installed a single TrueLine X1i-P line array module behind the X3i-P cluster that faces the congregation. Angled down at the stage/altar area, this element serves as a downfill monitorâ€”enabling those on stage to hear clearly during services. â€œLike the X3i-P,â€? Eskey explained, â€œthe X1i-P provides broad horizontal dispersion, so a single element covers the entire stage area. Both loudspeaker systems are white, so they blend seamlessly into the dÃ©cor of the room.â€?
Ringgold Baptist Churchâ€™s new TrueLine X3i-P line array system was installed during the latter half of February and was first placed into service on Sunday, March 1st to the delight of Pastor Ellis. â€œThe new loudspeaker system represents a dramatic departure from what we previously had,â€? notes Ellis. â€œThe system really is amazing. No matter where one sits, the sound quality is very natural. Speech is clear and music sounds wonderful through the system. Chuck and his crew not only selected the ideal loudspeaker setup for our sanctuary, he installed it in such a way that it delivers the full potential of the system. Our entire congregation has responded very positively to the new equipment.â€?
For additional information on Big Sound Productions, contact the company at 434-250-9800. For more information about Ringgold Baptist Church, visit them online at www.ringgoldbaptist.org.
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 thirty 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.
Photo info: Image of Chuck Eskey with Ringgold Baptist Churchâ€™s TrueLine X3i-P line array system.