Famous for Rocking the Biggest Sports Arenas in the World, Danley Jericho Horns Go to Church

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South Haven Baptist Church in Springfield, Tennessee has been the community center for a steadily growing congregation since 1986. It expanded its campus in 1997 to include a high school and a gym and then expanded again in 2005 to include an elementary school and a daycare facility. After its congregation could no longer comfortably fit in its sanctuary, the church moved services to the high school gym for a number of years. Centerline AV of Hendersonville, Tennessee, designed and installed a Danley Sound Labs sound reinforcement system for the gym, which made the most of an imperfect situation. With an eye to the future, South Haven Baptist Church recently expanded its campus yet again, adding a 1000-seat sanctuary. And again, they called in Centerline AV to design and install an amazing sound reinforcement system centered on a stereo pair of Danley J1-94 Jericho Horns – the same boxes that rock the world’s largest sports arenas.

“South Haven Baptist Church is an independent Baptist church that holds services that are more on the traditional end of the spectrum,” explained Scott Oliver, Centerline AV principal. “Where other Baptist churches would have a praise band, they have a full orchestra, a choir, and a grand piano. Their new sanctuary is a big improvement over the gym that they had been using. The room is a rectangle that is wider than it is deep. Of course, there’s always an element of geometrical challenge when you try to put a speaker – which emits sound as a cone – in a rectangular room, but Danley’s excellent pattern control makes it a lot easier.”

Pleasant Grove Grows With Allen & Heath

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Founded in 1835, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church has come a long way from its founding in an Owensboro, Kentucky log cabin. Just as the church has weathered over 185 years of growing pains and trials and tribulations, the congregation pivoted to social media and streaming services to stay connected in a socially-distanced world. As the church family begins to return to in-person services (at a 33% limited seating capacity with many health and safety precautions in place), an Allen & Heath SQ-7 console and ME personal monitoring system is there to sonically greet them.

“The audio quality difference is night and day,” says Alex Peake, Integration Specialist at JCA Media. “The church had been using another digital console brand before and immediately noted how much easier it is navigating and configuring the SQ. The musicians also appreciated the sonic difference in their in-ear mixes with the ME-1 over what they had before. It is important to provide a system like ME to get the tech out of the way and let the musicians focus on playing and worshiping again.”

Newhope Church in Durham, North Carolina Streams Its Live Services Using Waves eMotion LV1 Live Mixer

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Dave Bookhout, Director of Creative Arts & Worship of Newhope Church in Durham, North Carolina, uses the Waves eMotion LV1 Live Mixer and Waves plugins to stream the church’s services. Streaming has grown increasingly important during the current health crisis, Bookhout says: “We’ve been broadcasting our services from our six campuses (Durham, Garner, Hillsborough, Wake Forest, Sanford, Kenya, and iCampus) for a while now; but since COVID, it’s become the most important thing we do on a weekly basis. Sometimes we broadcast live using the eMotion LV1, and at other times we pre-record and then mix and master the broadcast using Logic, with all the same Waves plugins that we use on the LV1. Week in and week out, we use the Waves eMotion LV1 live mixer in our broadcast suite.”

“We are running four Dell TouchScreen monitors in our setup,” Bookhout says about the church’s system; “Our DiGiGrid MGO optical MADI interface transports 128 channels between two MADI cards in our Midas Neutron and the Waves SoundGrid® network. We have a Waves SoundGrid Extreme Server to handle the plugin processing — we have almost every Waves plugin in our arsenal, and we are using many of them at any given time, so a powerful server is crucial. We also have a DiGiGrid IOC audio interface in our broadcast suite functioning as the LV1’s local I/O to transport audio to our studio monitors. We run 48 channels of the Waves SuperRack at front-of-house, using a Midas Pro X console, all I/Os being shared with the broadcast suite. So, we have 128 channels going on/off the Waves SoundGrid network, and the broadcast suite uses 72 channels while FOH has access to 48. We also utilize the SoundGrid Driver with a DAW for virtual sound check at both FOH and for broadcast, to get everything dialed in between our rehearsals and Sunday morning. That’s invaluable for us.”

Winnipeg Church Uses Renkus-Heinz to Put Sound Where You Want It: On The Congregation

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The Fort Garry Mennonite Brethren Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba is, according to its head pastor Carl Heppner, “a vibrant faith community where people of all ages and backgrounds can find a place to belong.” It is also a contemporary church known in the area for incorporating a full band into its services. And that is why, when it came time to upgrade its audio capabilities, the church went with a system backed by Renkus-Heinz.

“The church wanted a cutting-edge system, from audio to video,” said Myron Dyck of Golden West Sound Design, the integrator who installed the new AV system. “What we installed encompasses everything from IP video distribution and projection, stage lighting and acoustical treatment, and the absolute best sound possible. So, that meant going with Renkus-Heinz.”

With Danley Loudspeakers, Subwoofers, Monitors and Amps, Great Bridge Baptist Church Gets Clarity, Coverage and Impact at a Fraction of the Footprint and Price

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Great Bridge Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Virginia has an uncompromising commitment to reflecting God’s love and building loving relationships. Its contemporary-style services lift spirits with music provided by an orchestra, a choir, and a praise band. It’s a big production, but until recently, all of that effort only partially connected because the existing sound reinforcement system’s coverage of Great Bridge Baptist Church’s 1,500-plus seats was far from ideal. Regional AV integration firm RTW Media, based in Richmond – serving the Virginia/DC/Maryland areas – designed and installed a big-impact, small-footprint sound reinforcement system centered on Danley Sound Lab’s efficient point-source products. Using the patented technologies of acoustical maverick Tom Danley, the Danley boxes give Great Bridge Baptist Church remarkably even coverage from front to back and from side to side, in the balconies, under the balconies, and even on the stage and in the orchestra pit.

“The sound system at Great Bridge Baptist Church was old and tired,” said Zack Guida, operations manager at RTW Media. “The coverage was lacking, the timing was off, and it really didn’t do justice to the amazing services they are putting on. When we met with the church, they explained that not only did they want an impactful sound system, but they also wanted consoles and backbone technology to give them creative audio and video capabilities that would further allow them to connect with the congregation, both in person, and through digital media. The church’s vision included a video and camera system overhaul as well, so we had to be mindful of the overall budget.

LEA Professional Integrator, TechArts, Bridges the Gap Between Quality, Flexibility and Affordability for Church Sound Amplification

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The Bridge is a multicultural and intergenerational church located in Chino, California. Over the last few years, the Church moved to a beautiful new, purpose-built facility, allowing for the build and installation of new systems, including upgrades to their AV and sound equipment.

Being a large church with a range of services and events conducted in English and Spanish, the facility’s systems are of critical importance. With the goal of delivering pleasing, intelligible music and spoken word audio with good coverage, local systems integrator TechArts, installed several sound systems built around network-ready amplifiers from LEA Professional.

Belmont Church Offers Service Loud and Clear Through d&b A-Series

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Right in the heart of Music Row in Nashville, the non-denominational Belmont Church, now streaming through Belmont.TV due to COVID-19, was recently outfitted with new d&b audiotechnik A-Series augmented arrays thanks to the installation talents of Spectrum Sound, Nashville.

From its humble beginnings in 1911 as a revival tent meeting hall, the church officially broke ground in 1915, and 100+ years later they are still at the same location. The 900-seat contemporary church underwent a complete audio system renovation to the church’s main sanctuary sound reinforcement system, recording studio, and broadcast audio-for-video infrastructure.  The new A-Series forms the heart of the sound reinforcement system for the main sanctuary.

“The last time Belmont Church’s main worship space sound system was renovated was nearly 20 years ago, so it was time,” states Ken DeBelius, System Integration Sales Manager, Spectrum Sound. “As far as the room and interior design of the space, although it feels small, it does have a nice intimate setting. The geometric room layout posed significant challenges for a loudspeaker system design that would provide appropriate coverage uniformity to all the seating planes.  The main concerns of the room were the asymmetric layout of the main floor seating around the stage, and a large, steep raked balcony, which not only shadowed significant portions of the main floor, but the balcony area itself is also asymmetric.  A line array solution was out of the question; the room wasn’t nearly large enough to justify, and line arrays would create unacceptable sightline issues.  That left a point source loudspeaker solution, still not ideal, particularly with obtaining the considerable vertical coverage needed, and how it would look overall rigging-wise.”

Danley Brings Clarity, Coverage and Impact to Great Bridge Baptist Church

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Great Bridge Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Virginia has an uncompromising commitment to reflecting God’s love and building loving relationships. Its contemporary-style services lift spirits with music provided by an orchestra, a choir, and a praise band. It’s a big production, but until recently, all of that effort only partially connected because the existing sound reinforcement system’s coverage of Great Bridge Baptist Church’s 1,500-plus seats was far from ideal. Regional AV integration firm RTW Media, based in Richmond – serving the Virginia/DC/Maryland areas – designed and installed a big-impact, small-footprint sound reinforcement system centered on Danley Sound Lab’s efficient point-source products. Using the patented technologies of acoustical maverick Tom Danley, the Danley boxes give Great Bridge Baptist Church remarkably even coverage from front to back and from side to side, in the balconies, under the balconies, and even on the stage and in the orchestra pit.

“The sound system at Great Bridge Baptist Church was old and tired,” said Zack Guida, operations manager at RTW Media. “The coverage was lacking, the timing was off, and it really didn’t do justice to the amazing services they are putting on. When we met with the church, they explained that not only did they want an impactful sound system, but they also wanted consoles and backbone technology to give them creative audio and video capabilities that would further allow them to connect with the congregation, both in person, and through digital media. The church’s vision included a video and camera system overhaul as well, so we had to be mindful of the overall budget.

Mount Hope Broadcasts Its Live Services Using Waves eMotion LV1 Live Mixer

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Dave Berry, Media and Tech Associate of Mount Hope Church in Lansing, Michigan, uses the Waves eMotion LV1 Live Mixer and Waves plugins for broadcasting the church’s sermons.

On choosing the eMotion LV1 Live Mixer, Berry comments, “We have two LV1 systems in use in our broadcast studio and the second in our road system. Our first LV1 rig started out for our livestream, then we pulled it to use for FOH during a long weekend statewide youth conference and then back to broadcast. Its timing back to broadcast was rather strange, since that was when the COVID-19 quarantine in Michigan began, and the LV1 has been an incredible solution during this crazy time.”…

Royer Ribbons for The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square

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The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square (formerly known as The Mormon Tabernacle Choir) uses a wide variety of Royer ribbon microphones to capture its performances for recording and worldwide broadcast. Broadcast Audio Engineer Jason Graham recently talked about his use of Royer microphones on the Tabernacle Choir and on choir and orchestra performances by the Millennial Choirs and Orchestras.

“When capturing the sound of a choir and orchestra, I want to stay as real as possible to the actual source,” Graham states. “Using Royers, I can help build a real connection with the musicians and the listener. Royer ribbons do an amazing job at fulfilling this desire for an organic, real sound. Their ability to capture an enormous dynamic range and still be quiet and subtle is really appealing to me. The stereo SF-24V is one of my favorite mics for this type of application. You can literally put it on anything from solo stringed instruments to a massive pipe organ and it’ll give you that pure sound you’re trying to capture.”