With its new Meyer Sound M’elodie® line array loudspeaker system, TrinityLife Church in Lutherville, Md. has given new life to the congregation’s high-octane, music-centric worship services.
“We feature both choral music styles and high-energy, band-driven styles, and the M’elodie system lends itself wonderfully to both,” says Michael Smith, technical director at TrinityLife. “Our congregation feels more engaged because the sound is smooth. Even when we push up the level, you can hear everything clearly, and it never attacks you. It makes for an intimate, immersive, and enjoyable worship experience.”
The system’s main arrays each comprise 11 M’elodie loudspeakers under two 500-HP subwoofers. Six under-stage 600-HP subwoofers supply additional low end, while two UPQ-1P and six UPM-1P loudspeakers cover side galleries and close front seating, respectively. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor provides drive and optimization.
George W. Raduano, senior pastor, also notices the new system’s uniform coverage and flat response. “Our pastor likes to come down and speak from the very front of the thrust stage,” says Smith. “That’s out in front of the arrays, where they start to overlap. Like most pastors, he likes to sense his voice presence in the room. The system’s incredible gain before feedback gives what he wants to hear.”
Smith also has high praise for the new system’s low-end reinforcement. “The bass is very warm, smooth, and responsive. It’s pleasing, but you’re not being beaten down by it.”
Feeding the new Meyer Sound system from FOH is a DiGiCo SD10 digital console. Other front-end gear includes an Aviom personal monitor system, a Shure PSM 900 wireless IEM system, Shure UHF-R wireless microphones, and a Countryman E6 earset microphone for Senior Pastor Raduano. Design-build services for the complete audio renovation were supplied by Special Event Services (SES) of Winston-Salem, N.C., with project supervision by Greg Slape.