Chris Gille, audio department
head at Willow Creek Community
Church, added six Danley TH-115
subwoofers to the existing PA.South Barrington, IL (April 28, 2009)–Willow Creek is the kind of church that draws over 22,000 attendees to its suburban-Chicago location every weekend. In order to provide a full range of sound to its more than 7,200 seats, the facility’s PA is supplemented by six Danley TH-115 subwoofers.
Willow Creek’s main auditorium sound system includes a three-way Yamaha PM1D digital mixing system that drives BSS SoundWeb and Meyer Galileo processing. A Meyer-based sound reinforcement system covers most of the room with two sets of stereo line arrays. One set delivers musical content while the second delivers speech. In addition, four existing suspended Meyer M3D subwoofers mix with the Danleys to convey the system’s low-end.
Chris Gille, Willow Creek’s audio department head, noted that since he’d added the half-dozen Danley TH-115s in the ‘bunkers’ that flanked the stage, the difference was reportedly immediate and obvious. T.C. Furlong recommended that they could repurpose six existing Crown K2 amplifiers to drive each TH-115 in bridge mode.
Gille was concerned that if the Danleys delivered as promised, they would necessarily crush everyone seated near the stage. But by arranging each group of three TH-115s in a “triangle” configuration, the resulting pattern, including whatever the bunker and floor contribute, became “friendlier” to those sitting nearby.
“We’ve had many positive, unsolicited comments on the upgrade,” said Gille. “Specifically, musicians have expressed appreciation for the improved clarity. The prominent, accurate ‘click’ of the kick, coupled with the improved musicality of the bass, have really brought the mix together and given everyone something to lock into.”
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