First Baptist Church in Lawton, Oklahoma, featuring a new P.A. system consisting of RoomMatch asymmetrical array module loudspeakers from Bose Professional Systems.
Lawton, OK (July 8, 2014)—The First Baptist Church in Lawton, OK recently upgraded its sound and broadcast video systems with the help of AV integrator and systems designer FBP Systems, which in turn installed Bose Professional Systems RoomMatch loudspeakers into the 1,000-seat sanctuary.

The depth and width of the sanctuary interior, along with its wrap-around balcony, were a challenge. Mark LaBouff, national sales manager, and Robert Coggins, senior engineer, both at FBP Systems, felt that using an L-C-R three-array design, which the situation called for, would find the side walls becoming reflective surfaces that would splatter the sound and interfere with the intelligibility of the overall system.

Coggins talked with Bose engineers about an idea of reversing the left and right arrays in the design, and they encouraged it. Now, the system, as designed and installed, consists of a center array using one RM7020, two RM9020 and one RM12040 modules, as well as two RMS215 subwoofer modules. The left and right arrays, which use the asymmetrical array modules, are made up of RM283505, RM286010 and RM286020 modules (one apiece) on the left side, and RM352805, RM602810, and RM602820 modules (also one apiece) on the right. The entire system is powered using six Bose PowerMatch PM8500N amplifiers and is managed using Dante from a Yamaha mixer to a Bose ControlSpace ESP-00 engineered sound processor. Four ESP Link I/O cards link to the PowerMatch amplifiers.

“The system is designed to keep energy off of the side walls yet still project it well into the seating areas on the floor and in the balcony,” LaBouff explains. “And the way we’ve configured the arrays using the RoomMatch asymmetrical array modules, we achieve that with a seamlessness that we couldn’t have gotten with any other system or product.” As it turns out, the First Baptist Church installation is the first U.S. project to incorporate the new asymmetrical array modules and the first use of Bose products on a Dante network.

Bose Professional Systems Division