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Thunder Audio Installs Yamaha/NEXO Audio Systems at Three Cedar Creek Church Locations

DETROIT, Michigan⎯Thunder Audio recently installed sound systems at three Cedar Creek Church locations in Ohio beginning with the Perrysburg campus followed by the Whitehouse and Toledo satellite locations. Thunder received an install ‘assist’ from Prodigy Music at the Perrysburg and Toledo sites.

“Since Cedar Creek Church is looking to develop several more satellite locations over the next few years, it was necessary to develop a system that could be duplicated successfully. The church relies on an excellent resource of volunteer staff, so uniformity between locations is crucial,� states Tom Hejnicki, Project Manager, Thunder Audio Inc./Thunder Production Group. “There are always challenges with any installation, the most prevalent two being time and budget. We had 15 calendar days to complete the installation at Perrysburg, for example, making it a point to work around other trades in order

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Audio Systems including the NEXO line array has allowed us to streamline the installations and deliver high-quality productions at an affordable price point,â€? says Hejnicki. The installation at Cedar Creek’s Main Campus in Perrysburg, Ohio, three times the size of the satellite locations, is based around a NEXO GEO S805 with CD18 subs and PS10 delay, a Yamaha M7CL-48 digital console, and six AD8HR digital signal processors. A 48×24 fiber optic system is used for all signal and data. “The capability to run 64 bi-directional channels of audio, control data, HD video, DMX, and Ethernet all in the space of a 1″ trade size conduit was paramount to the installation success at the annex locations.â€?

The Whitehouse and Toledo satellite locations are essentially the same, both using Yamaha M7CL-32 consoles, 14 Yamaha IF Series Speakers with two IF subs, a 32×8 fiber optic system as well as DME24n Digital Signal Processors, MY8 ADDA-96 I/O card, three Yamaha P7000s and six P2500s power amplifiers, and three AD8HR remote pre-amps similar to the Perrysburg site. “We try and keep our systems uniform at all campuses,â€? states Pastor Jason Smithers. It streamlines the process of training, operating, and programming if we are all on the same page. The NEXO system was chosen for the Perrysburg campus because of the auditorium size. A line array was not necessary at the other two campuses so we chose the IF Series, and we’re extremely happy with our choices for all three locations.â€?

Thunder installed Light Viper fiber optic cards and cables, Sennheiser handheld wireless systems and in-ear monitor systems, Shure hardwire pack with buds, and Elation Opti-RGB LED lighting systems. The church installed ETC 4s, Jands Vista lighting consoles, Martin moving lights, Eiki side and center projectors, Hitachi and Canon cameras, and Panasonic switchers and plasma screens at all three sites.

Hejnicki has personally been working with Cedar Creek Church as a consultant and installer for nearly ten years with projects that include complete A/V and lighting in four complete new builds, as well as two renovations, a portable ministry, as well as several live events.

The Perrysburg and Whitehouse sites were complete built-from-the-ground-up projects. The Toledo campus was a renovation to the existing site. The Cedar Creek Church at Perrysburg main sanctuary seats 1500, the chapel seats 250 with the South Atrium functioning for overflow seating of 250. This site also houses a college, high school, junior classrooms and ministries. The Toledo campus seats 650 and Whitehouse seats 500 in the main sanctuary. Both sites also house college, high school and junior classes, and ministry space.

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