Roanoke, VA â€“ July 2009â€¦ As a Christ centered, charismatic church dedicated to fulfilling the Great Commission and the Great Commandment, New Life Christian Ministries serves a vital role fostering spiritual guidance among the communities of greater Roanoke. After roughly seventeen years of service, it came time to overhaul the sound reinforcement system in the churchâ€™s sanctuary in order for it to keep pace with the churchâ€™s ambitious programs. With music playing a vital role in their services, church officials were determined to acquire a system that properly supported their endeavors. They found their solution with a system from Greensboro, NC-based WorxAudio Technologies.
Lee Hartman and Sons, Inc. of Roanoke VA, a design/build firm providing A/V solutions to the education, residential, commercial, house of worship, and government markets, was contracted to handle New Life Christian Ministriesâ€™ sound system revitalization. Mike Giammona, Systems Consultant
for Lee Hartman and Sons, discussed the challenges that confronted the church.
â€œThe original system was mounted up in the soffit over the stage area and the speakers themselves were positioned in the wall,â€? explained Giammona. â€œThis design created enormous dead spots throughout the sanctuary. The space is roughly 50 feet deep and 125 feet wide. With the rounded stage/altar area centered on the long wall and protruding into the congregationâ€™s seating area in a half moon configuration, people not only sit in front of the stage, they are also seated along the sides. This arrangement necessitated the new sound system have broad horizontal dispersion in order to effectively cover the entire area.â€?
â€œWith a full praise band, choir, and lead vocalists,â€? Giammona continued, â€œmusic is a key focal point of the churchâ€™s services. Hence, the new system needed to reproduce music naturally in addition to providing a high level of speech intelligibility.â€?
After evaluating a variety of systems, the decision was made to deploy two WorxAudio Technologies TrueLine X3i-P compact line array systems in a left-right stereo configuration over the front of the stage area. Flown at a height of approximately 15 feet, the two loudspeaker enclosures are augmented with two WorxAudio Wave Series 8Ai loudspeakers for sidefillâ€”mounted one each to the far sides of the X3i-P clusters so as to provide coverage to the extreme sides of the sanctuaryâ€™s seating area. Much of the flyware for the suspended system was custom made, as Giammona explained. â€œWe had to work with the existing wooden trussing that resides in the ceiling area of the sanctuary,â€? said Giammona, â€œand because of this, we fabricated the superstructure to fit the beams in the church.â€?
The WorxAudio Technologies X3i-P is a compact, â€œall-in-oneâ€? self-powered line array system incorporating three modulesâ€”each with a medium format, 1-inch exit compression driver that is paired with dual 8-inch cone transducers. Combined, the three modules create a 36-degree vertical system with an unusually broad horizontal dispersion of 160 degrees. The WorxAudio Technologies Wave Series 8Ai is a two-way, high efficiency, passive loudspeaker system utilizing a one-inch exit compression driver coupled to a 75 X 75 degree wooden waveguide horn reproducing high frequencies, and an 8-inch cone transducer in a tuned enclosure for the low frequencies. The two 8Ai enclosures are powered by a single Crown XTi Series power amplifier.
With many installations of this type, technical support is frequently a key factor in both the selection and the deployment of a sound reinforcement system. Giammona was very complimentary of WorxAudioâ€™s customer/technical support services. â€œWorxAudioâ€™s tech support is first-rate,â€? notes Giammona, â€œand this is a key factor for my selecting their products. With WorxAudio, I know that I can reach someone knowledgeable who will be willing to provide whatever guidance we may need in order to complete the installation. They are extremely responsive and always ready to help. They are a pleasure to deal with.â€?
The new sound system, which was installed in late May and placed into service immediately afterward, has received high praise from all who encounter it, including David Carroll, the Music Director at New Life Christian Ministries. â€œThe new sound system makes a world of difference to our worship services,â€? states Carroll. â€œNo matter where you are in the room, the sound is clear and consistent. The system does a great job reproducing music and, equally important, every spoken word is clear and easy to understand. Music is a big part of what we do here and this system really helps us reach out to our congregationâ€”particularly our youth groupsâ€”and be relevant. We couldnâ€™t be happier.â€?
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.