D’ALENE, Idaho — Coeur d’Alene Church of the Nazarene has served its
parishioners since 1941, with roots going back to the first group of Nazarenes
who congregated in the region in 1912. Like many houses of worship, the church
had been making do with an inadequate, practically antiquated sound system
until it brought in Spokane, Washington’s Hoffman Pro Systems and HARMAN
Professional for an audio revival.
sanctuary literally had two wall-mounted speaker boxes to provide coverage to
the entire main floor, balcony, under balcony and the church’s extended side
wings,” said Hoffman Pro Systems general manager Dave Kenagy. “To say it was
insufficient for the church’s current needs, which include providing sound for
a full praise band, would be an understatement.”
so for the current system, specified by designer/installer David Lewis which
features a Soundcraft Si Expression 3 digital console, Crown XTi 2 Series
amplifiers, JBL VRX Series and additional loudspeakers, dbx PMC16 Personal
Monitor Controllers and AKG K240 MKII headphones.
Soundcraft Si Expression 3 has a MADI card installed and provides 32 inputs
from the floor as well as local inputs at front of house for playback from
various audio sources. A Soundcraft Stagebox is located at the front of the
pulpit/stage area, linked to the console via a HARMAN BLU-Link card. Two dbx
PMC16 Personal Monitor Controllers connected to the front of house via Cat6 cable
enable the drummer and guitar/bass player to control and balance their own
individual monitor levels, which Kenagy notes helps to keep the overall stage
volume lower and easier to mix.
Si Expression 3 handles the front of house and all monitor mixes. “The church
volunteer staff had to make the move from their old analog console to digital,”
noted Kenagy. “Although they’re not audio professionals, the board’s
straightforward control layout and ability to store and recall snapshots made
it easy for them.”
JBL VRX 932LA-1 Constant Curvature loudspeakers and two VRX918S subwoofers are
hung as the main center cluster. Two VRX928LA loudspeakers are used for balcony
fill, with three AC18/26 wall-mountable loudspeakers employed for under-balcony
fill. Two AC18/95 wall-mountable loudspeakers are used for front side fill
where the seating wraps around the front corners of the stage. In addition, an
AC26 compact loudspeaker is mounted on stage and aimed back at the choir area.
The loudspeakers are powered by a total of five Crown XTi 6002, XTi 4002 and
XTi 1002 amplifiers.
noted that the Coeur d’Alene Church of the Nazarene is “extremely happy with
the new system. Aside from the fact that it’s a night and day difference from
their old setup sonically, for the first time it enables the church to mix the
praise band the way they should be heard and it gives the pastor and the
speakers the freedom of wireless movement.”
benefit which was unforeseen by Lewis and the church’s staff: the sound quality
is so clear throughout the entire sanctuary that fewer people are using the
church’s assistive hearing devices.
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