SALT LAKE CITY, Utah —
Since its founding in the year 2000 with 35 people attending a service in a
high school auditorium, Wisconsin’s Life Church has enjoyed continued growth.
It now occupies two locations and in May 2013 completed an expansion of its
Germantown facility from 17,000 to 42,000 square feet, and the church can now
accommodate more than 2,000 people. As part of its expansion, Life Church
installed a completely new sound system, with HARMAN’s BSS Audio Soundweb London
BLU-100 signal processor handling all signal processing and networking
throughout the facility.
Lafayette, CO systems
contractor Summit Audio Systems (www.summitintegrated.com) specializes in installing audio,
video, lighting and acoustics for the worship market. In 2011, Summit teamed up
with the management of Life Church to begin the design and build process for
the church’s expansion. Shane Beeson, Church Relationship Manager for Summit
A/V noted that Life Church wanted a worship center that would be
architecturally beautiful, with the look of a prestigious performing arts
center, yet have the acoustics to support everything from the pastor speaking
to a full “rock and roll worship experience.” In addition, the audio needed to
be distributed throughout the facility.
Beeson chose the
Soundweb London BLU-100 signal processor along with a BLU-BOB output expander
because of its flexibility, ease of use and quality. “BSS Audio provides a
high-quality product that is powerful but also has a software platform that is
easy to program,” he noted.
The BLU-100 handles
all the audio processing for the worship center facility. In the sanctuary, the
BLU-100 processes the output to the main, delay, down-fill and front-fill
speakers and subwoofers, and it also processes and routes the audio to the main
lobby, entranceway and other areas.
One of the benefits
of the BLU-100, Beeson notes, is that it can interface with other BSS Audio
products to create a system that is scalable to the number of inputs and
outputs needed for a project. “For the Life Church installation, the BLU-BOB
gave us the ability to expand the BLU-100 to provide the additional outputs we
needed,” Beeson said. “The BLU-BOB gave us more outputs at a cost savings that
was significant compared to a larger DSP option. Thanks to this capability, BSS
Audio provided the flexibility we needed to get the job done on time, to spec
and on budget.”
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