Downingtown, PA (February 16, 2006)–Grace Covenant Church congregation recently joined together with a neighboring church, and together they got right to work on redoing their new premises. The mid-twentieth century building is of a traditional design, but presented some unique acoustical challenges.
“The room is exceptionally wide, but not very deep, with the stage platform and organ chambers on a long wall,” explained audio designer Tony Hersch of Audiobahn in nearby Pottstown. Four rows of seating call for 150 degrees of coverage, and the shallow rear wall challenges intelligibility.
“They have a couple of technically savvy people in the group, and had put together a fairly good selection of sound gear, and they called us in to help with loudspeaker expertise,” Hersch recalled. “We took them on a blind listening test to several churches, to audition other systems, and they overwhelmingly chose the Community iBox.”
The iBox was a natural fit for Grace’s sanctuary. “With the room and seating pattern, it made sense to do a center cluster, and the iBox is ideally suited,” Hersch remarked. “Four boxes gives us a nice wide dispersion. And the new mounting hardware is great–it installs quickly, and the degree markings make setup easy.”
Crown iTech 6000 amps power the system. “They want to be able to host concerts, so we gave them 3000 Watts to work with,” Hersch continued. Countryman Isomax podium mics connect via custom Rapco recessed stage boxes to Ashley preamps and EQ, with a Roland digital mixer at FOH.