PORTER RANCH, California -- With over 7,000 weekend worshippers and four independent "plant" churches spread throughout the Los Angeles area, Porter Ranch-based Shepherd of the Hills Church is a vibrant and growing house of worship. To accommodate its ever-increasing attendance these days, the pastoral and music teams at the church's flagship location host seven services each weekend in their 1,500-seat sanctuary, which is now home to a self-powered P Series loudspeaker system from L-ACOUSTICS.
Prior to the installation, the church had purchased compact, highly-portable P Series enclosures for several of its satellite locations. Hal Sacks, Shepherd of the Hills' director of media arts, and his team were so pleased with their performance that they contacted Dan Palmer at L-ACOUSTICS' Oxnard office about putting together a new system for their main sanctuary in Porter Ranch.
Together, Sacks and Palmer created a SOUNDVISION model of the sanctuary and came up with an entirely self-powered system design featuring three central arrays -- each comprised of just two 112P -- hung from the ceiling as a distributed system. A total of eight 108P are flown from the truss beams as fills, while four SB15P are positioned at the front of the room to deliver LF reinforcement. Despite the diminutive size of the enclosures deployed, L-ACOUSTICS' 3D, real-time acoustical design software proved that the loudspeaker arrangement would produce surprisingly exceptional coverage.
The church agreed to the plan and US Audio and Lighting of North Hollywood was called upon to facilitate the sale and installation of the system, which has more than lived up to everyone's expectations.
"Even though our sanctuary is a difficult room to tame acoustically, the P Series boxes are performing very well and the positive comments have been continual," says Sacks. "It's a smooth, warm and rich-sounding system without hype."
"Another important factor in our decision to go with L-ACOUSTICS was due to the fact we had rented a KUDO system from US Audio several years ago for our Easter Passion Play run. Although it was really overkill for our room, the thing that I enjoyed most about the KUDO boxes, as I do with the P Series, is that you don't have to drive the system hard for it to sound great! Whether the music is orchestral, R&B, rock or pop, all of these styles 'breathe' through these systems. The bottom line is that L-ACOUSTICS makes an excellent product and their people have been great to work with."
In addition to its primary campus in Porter Ranch, Shepherd of the Hills has satellite branches in Agua Dulce, Westside, Lancaster and Woodland Hills, the last two of which also use L-ACOUSTICS P Series systems. For more info on the church, visit www.theshepherd.org.
L-ACOUSTICS is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Known around the globe for pioneering and championing the modern line array loudspeaker concept with V-DOSC, the company has received numerous accolades for its K1, KUDO, KIVA, ARCS, XT coaxial loudspeaker systems and SB line of subwoofer enclosures, all powered and processed with the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers in fulfillment of a "total system approach." L-ACOUSTICS products for the US market are distributed by L-ACOUSTICS US of Oxnard, California.
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