With the Southland City Church utilizing the local Lakeville High School auditorium for their Sunday worship services, the Maple Grove, Minnesota-based Excel AV Group (www.excelavgroup.com) was called in to work with both organizations to provide a complimentary audio system to serve their needs as the Southland City services are very contemporary and the school utilizing the facility for classes, assemblies and theater productions.
With Southland City renting the auditorium facility, the decision was to partner with the local school district, with both contributing half of the funds necessary to complete the task. And even though both were investing, the budget was still very tight.
This is where the Excel AV Group was called in. Renowned in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul region for specializing in church sound, video and lighting systems; the company’s signature is to match a sound system to the needs of the customer. “If the need is intelligible spoken word, there is no need for a rock-and-roll sound system at 110 dB,” they state. “If the customer wants their church auditorium to have full tonal balance at high SPL for an immersive experience, we can deliver.”
When it came to looking at the auditorium at Lakeville, “I took one look at the 750-seat auditorium with the steep raked floor and soft theater-style seats and knew that a line array solutions would be the best for the room,” says Excel AV Group owner Kevin Crow. “I tasked my engineer Caleb Dick with the responsibility to find an affordable solution. We looked at both traditional point source boxes like ones being proposed by a competitor we were up against and noticed that which the dB Technologies DVA-T4 active three-way line array system it was slightly higher in equipment cost but the installation cost was much lower than not having to fly four traditional point source boxes in the room, two in front and two in back,” says Crow noting additional needs would then have been taken into account including delay configurations, additional wiring, amps and rigging.
The solution called for two hangs of seven DVA-T4 line array modules, augmented with two dB Technologies DVA-S30N active dual 18” subwoofers on the floor.
“The coverage is simply amazing,” says Justin Vagle, Director of Worship for Southland City Church. “We have measured only 1 dB difference front to back. In addition, the subs are tight and impacting.”
“I remember when my guys we’re out tuning the system and finishing it by our very challenging deadline,” comments Crow. “Around 10 p.m. I got a text from Grant Kluempke my Tech Operations Manager for Excel AV Group. ‘The system at Southland POUNDS!!!,’ the text read. It was really fun to hear that and attending the first services with the new rig was incredible, it made the worship music so powerful.”
Regarding the dB Technologies system, Crow says, “in the big picture I think the value that dB Technologies offers the marketplace is phenomenal. I don’t see how anyone after hearing these could deny that they provide so much value at such an affordable price. We are already introducing this line to other clients and couldn’t be more excited.”