IN.LINE Delivers Songs of Praise to 3000 Seat Sanctuary
"The McCauley team stands behind their work because they build their product from start to finish. The product has always met and exceeded the expectations for quality we have come to expect from McCauley."
Loud & Clear, Inc.
Cincinnati’s Greater Bethlehem Temple Apostolic Church is serious. The church is serious about belief, serious about devotion, serious about growth and serious about the experience sound creates for worshipers in its sanctuary.
In late 2005 the Bethlehem Temple congregation was about to realize its dream 15 years in the making as structural construction was wrapping up on the new church. Simultaneously, they recognized the need for a customized, integrated sound system. The Bethlehem Temple construction committee called in the Cincinatti sound reinforcement talent at Loud and Clear, Inc.
The Loud and Clear team responded, with Senior Project Manager Len Wehling leading the project. Wehling met with the Bethlehem Temple building committee and addressed the sound system objectives. The sanctuary would house 3,000 seats, which would be fanned around a central, arced dome measuring 50 feet at its center and tapering down to 30 feet along the edges. In other areas of the sanctuary, the ceiling height would predominately be 14 feet. Other features that Loud and Clear team had to take into account included a sound stage for the pulpit, video production room and baptismal pool.
The challenges were clear. Wehling called in Loud and Clear production management specialists Nate Schneider and Bill Deavers. All agreed that reflection and focus of sound was a major concern and they wou.d need exceptional control of system dispersion to maintain intelligibility. System design and solid acoustic prediction would be key to
meeting perfomance goals.
It was paramount for Loud and Clear to identify a manufacturer that would partner with their team and insure the necessary planning, implementation and final adjustments would be perfect. Loud and Clear contacted Bruce Anderson of McCauley Sound based just outside of Seattle, Washington.
“McCauley has a sales and design department that is always wiling to work with you to help you choose the right product for your project,” reports Schneider.
McCauley and Loud and Clear have a positive relationship which came from successfuly completing many system designs together.
“Loud and Clear called us because they know our products and understand that we have solid record of going the extra mile for each and every client,” Anderson says. “We knew from the beginning that this project would pose challenges; but we’ve been working with churches all over the country and understand that they need excellent systems to serve their parishioners and attract younger, new members to their congregations.”
Anderson and along with McCauley’s System Design Group (SDG) worked with the Loud & Clear planners to quickly produce an EASE 3-D model of the space, using the software's acoustic predictions to determine which products would best suit the environment. Care analysis of the results determined the number of cells needed and the SDG was able to suggest array splay angles that would help the system avoid the focus and reflection challenges identified by Loud and Clear.
After considering proposal submitted by McCauley’s SDG, Loud and Clear elected to install an IN.LINE system using three NS1 low frequency modules, six N60 and twelve N90 modules per array, to be hanged in three arrays in an left-center-right configuration. To ensure excellent coverage in the back of the sanctuary, the team mounted eight AC66 speakers horizontally along the lower portion of the ceiling to further reinforce coverage throughout the large space. The Loud and Clear team also provided six SM95-2 floor monitors, for the choir and other musical groups.
To power the system, Loud and Clear selected a rack of fifteen Crown CE2000 amplifiers which are controlled by McCauley’s MCS 3.6 digital speaker processor. In the front of the sanctuary, Loud and Clear placed a Midas Verona 480/8 console for both main and monitor mixing duty.
“It only took a little over two months to get all the gear landed on site and installed,” recounts Schneider. “Like any large scale installation there were some additional adjustments that needed to be made at the end of this project. McCauley made the finishing touches easy. With one phone call to the design team we had the angle adjustments we needed. The church choir got to rehearse in the new sanctuary and first services were held the next day which just happened to be Easter Sunday.”