Houston, TX (May 5, 2004)–Audio Analysts (Colorado Springs, CO) recently implemented a large JBL VerTec line array system for one of the world’s largest Easter celebrations. Sponsored by Lakewood Church in Houston, the celebration had to be held at the Houston Astros’ Minute Maid Park due to the size of the congregation. In excess of 34,000 people were in attendance for this year’s live event, which included music, sermons and other production elements. Thousands more received recordings and later saw it on a televised broadcast.
The event was diverse and demanding, not only in the program content, but also in the logistics of load-in and tear down. There were performances by a 400-voice choir, and a separate praise band with electric instruments and drums and six backup singers. In addition, there were spoken word portions of the program for various sermons and what the church calls “the Message.” A mix of handheld, wireless and lavalier mics were required. Veteran soundmixer John Cooper, known for his work with The Judds, Wynona and most recently Bruce Springsteen, was tasked with helping to ensure audio quality for the complex live production.
According to Albert Leccese, vice president of engineering at Audio Analysts, the challenging nature of both the sound reinforcement and the logistics drove their equipment decision to a multiple array system of JBL VT4889 full range cabinets with VT4880 subwoofers. “The VerTecs came in very handy on a project like this,” Leccese insisted. “Our main goal was making sure Pastor Joel Osteen’s message could be heard clearly throughout the seating area, by all attendees.”
In total, there were four separate towers of 16 VT4889s each, along with two floor arrays of 16 VT4880 subs for a total of 96 cabinets. Because the celebration took place during the Major League Baseball season, Audio Analysts had to load in the system and configure it all while accommodating the team’s requirements: be extra careful with the grass; keep the baselines in good shape; and placement of towers had to be accomplished without any alteration or damage to existing structures or surfaces.
Leccese described the system used for Lakewood’s Easter celebration as an integrated package of professional tools that helped Audio Analysts realize their goals for the event. “We had 96 VerTec cabinets all powered by Crown MA 50002 IQ-controlled amplifiers and driven by BSS OmniDrive 366 digital system controllers,” said Leccese. “The VerTecs really helped because they went up fast, sounded great and, most importantly, the client liked it.”