St. Mary Magdalene Parish’s first mass was held at the Apex Middle School in 1999, and until recently, the school gymnasium remained the congregation’s makeshift sanctuary. While grateful to its host, the congregation needed a home of its own. At last, after two years of construction, the lovely new St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church opened its doors this year, welcoming a capacity crowd of about 1,450 congregants. To worshippers’ delight, every word spoken from the pulpit and every note performed by the band and choir could be clearly heard, thanks to a new Renkus-Heinz ICONYX IC2 sound system designed and installed by Cary, North Carolina, design/build AV systems integration firm AVCON Inc.
LD Thomas Gerdon finds lighting solution in powerful IP65 Proteus Hybrid™
It has been 500 years since Martin Luther sparked the Reformation and the German city of Worms, which played a central role in the movement, has been marking the event throughout the year. From October 27th to November 1st, a spectacular “Ecumenical Bridge of Light” was cast between the city’s St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Luther Church using Elation Professional Proteus Hybrid™ moving heads.
Lighting designer Thomas Gerdon was contacted by the city to connect the lofty Catholic Cathedral with the Protestant Luther Church in a bridge of light intended to express the bond between Catholics and Protestants. “Even though they are separate religions, they are still connected by the Christian faith,” Gerdon says of the reason behind the project. “The bridge of light was meant to visualize this connection as a symbolic meeting of the two great faiths in partnership.”
As a non-denominational Christian House of Worship, Bellerose Assembly of God seeks to impact and renew its congregation with the transforming message of Jesus Christ through words and actions. With a casual atmosphere that helps put people at ease, church management wanted to ensure their message was reaching everyone with a high degree of clarity. To address this challenge, they recently upgraded their sound reinforcement system—drawing upon loudspeakers from the WorxAudio catalog of Baton Rouge, LA-based PreSonus Audio Electronics.
Audio Design Group of Ronkonkoma, NY, a design / build firm that is actively engaged in the House of Worship market and also operates production and rental divisions, was contracted to design and deploy a new sound reinforcement system for Bellerose Assembly of God. After meeting with church officials to ascertain their goals for the new sound system, company owner Phil Christie designed a system that incorporates a WorxAudio X3i-P all-in-one compact line array, two TL118SSi-P subwoofers, four W-8Ai and two W-12Ai enclosures from the company’s Wave Series product group. Christie discussed the project.
Solid throw, wide horizontal dispersion, plus vocal and music clarity characterize new system attributes
South Biscayne Church is a faith and Bible believing, Southern Baptist Convention church that offers a high energy, always exciting worship experience for all ages. Bringing quality audio and video functionality to the church’s worship experience was a particularly challenging endeavor because the space was originally developed as a shopping center and, hence, not optimized for its current purpose. With careful planning and the right equipment however, services are a vibrant, contemporary experience—thanks in no small part to the sonic excellence delivered by loudspeakers drawn from the catalog of Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio.
GC Pro (Guitar Center Professional Division) of Atlanta, GA—working in conjunction with Tampa, FL-based Event Resource Group—ultimately designed and deployed a sound reinforcement system at the church utilizing D.A.S. Event 208A 3-way active line arrays, Event 218A dual 18-inch powered subwoofers, Action M12A 2-way powered stage monitors, and a DSP-26 stereo / mono processor for loudspeaker management. GC Pro Account Manager Brad Lyons engineered a fully comprehensive upgrade plan for South Biscayne Church’s FOH and stage audio, broadcast audio, video for IMAG (image magnification), and broadcast video. He discussed the project and his reasons for selecting D.A.S. Audio.
Popular touring Passion Play made even more inspirational using state-of-the-art entertainment technology
Passion Plays, traditional theatrical depictions of the life and death of Jesus, have been an Easter season staple for centuries and the modern-day touring production “The Thorn,” with a full Elation lighting and LED video package, is arguably one of the best.
“The Thorn,” which has been staged yearly since 1998, breaks from ritual and adopts a more dramatic form, fusing Cirque du Soleil-type aerials, martial arts and state-of-the-art entertainment technology with emotionally powerful performances. This year, the play raised the visual drama even further through use of a dynamic package of Elation Platinum Series and LED-based moving heads, LED Par and effect lights, and LED video displays with haze and special fog effects from Antari.
Illuminate Production Services (www.lightingips.com) of Sacramento provided nearly all of the lighting equipment, labor and production management for the five-week, five-state tour, which was out throughout March and was seen by nearly 75,000 people. Each year more than 60 professional and volunteer cast and crew join “The Thorn” to take the show on the road. In each city, the touring cast and crew is joined by hundreds of local actors and artists to bring the story to life.
Extensive phased-array hearing loop system utilizes Listen Technologies’ MLD9 MultiLoop™ Driver for seamless coverage of the church’s large floor plan, while offering features such as Automatic Gain Control optimized for …
Founded in 1824, First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro, North Carolina serves a congregation of over 2,700, with 3 pastors and a staff of 40. Its beautiful, historic sanctuary, built in 1928, seats 1,560 and features an organ with more than 6,800 pipes.
In 2012, the church embarked on a $15 million renovation to its sanctuary and an adjoining building, including a major upgrade to the sanctuary sound system. For the A/V upgrade, First Presbyterian called on systems integrator Audio & Light of Greensboro and system designer Curtis Kasefang of Theatre Consultants Collaborative, based in Chapel Hill, NC. The renovation took two years to complete; the first post-renovation service was held Sunday, December 21, 2014.
Designed in the Southern French Gothic style, the sanctuary is in the traditional form of a cross. It presents a 160-foot-long center aisle and an 85-foot ceiling with lots of angles, as well as dual lofts with pews, a rear balcony that is 33 feet above the floor, multiple alcoves, a pair of 64-foot-long transepts, and plenty of glass and hard surfaces. The choir sits in pews that are perpendicular between the pulpit and lectern areas. The room is stunning but the acoustics are complex.
Virginia Church Upgrades Audio System in Unique Building
Faith Fellowship Church has celebrated worship services in its unique “stressed membrane structure” since 1999 but the facility’s dated audio system had always suffered from poor audio quality and uneven coverage.
In 2014 Faith Fellowship contacted All Pro Sound in Pensacola, Florida to help it upgrade its audio. All Pro had helped with previous upgrades, video projection and wireless microphones.
The church wanted consistent coverage throughout the worship space and a more exciting audio experience for their contemporary worship services which feature a full praise band and 15-person chorus. To meet these needs, All Pro’s Jeff Knighten designed a new Community loudspeaker system that would cover the 88 foot by 120 foot space evenly and provide the kind of full-range audio quality the church desired.
Established in 1950, Canterbury UMC has grown to embrace both traditional and contemporary worship styles, with separate sanctuaries for each on its Mountain Brook, Alabama campus. Recently, the church engaged Twist Technology of nearby Birmingham to address its ongoing issues with intelligibility of the spoken word in the main (traditional) sanctuary.
For Twist CEO Lynn McCroskey, there were two challenges to be overcome in this design/build project. “First, we had to create articulation in an extremely reverberant environment,” he explains. “At the same time, aesthetics was a primary concern. This is a beautiful worship space, and they did not want to see a big speaker cluster or anything like that.”
Two Iconyx IC24-R-II digitally steerable column arrays cover the entire room, delivering advanced digital beam steering to direct the sound to the seating areas, and away from the side walls, balcony facings, and other reflective surfaces. And the Iconyx slim, low-profile design enabled Twist to create a system that sounded great, with minimal visual impact.
After struggling with a challenging acoustical environment and a sound-reinforcement system that couldn’t distribute sound consistently throughout all areas of their sanctuary, Prescott United Methodist Church decided enough was enough. After all, if the congregation can’t hear clearly, the message is lost. To solve the problem, church management upgraded to a line array system drawn from the TrueLine catalog of Greensboro, North Carolina-based WorxAudio Technologies, a division of PreSonus (www.presonus.com).
CSD Group, Inc., an award winning, nationally recognized Fort Wayne, Indiana, firm that provides design and installation services for audio, video, and lighting, was contracted to design and install the church’s new sound system. Working in close coordination with the WorxAudio Technologies’ engineering team, CSD president Doug Hood and his crew ultimately deployed two WorxAudio X3i-P compact, all-in-one, powered line arrays as the primary loudspeaker system.