The congregation at Mid-Way Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC hears every service through D.A.S. Audio’s Variant loudspeakers.Raleigh, NC (September 22, 2008)–Mid-Way Baptist Church recently upgraded its entire facility–a movie that included the adoption of a new audio system that could accommodate a choir, a praise and worship band and more. The new system, created by Orlando, FL-based Owens Audio Video Design, includes D.A.S. Audio’s Variant loudspeakers.
Bob Owens, designer and president of the company, noted, “Mid-Way Baptist Church’s sanctuary is a square with walls that are approximately 115 feet in length; as the stage is located in the corner, the sound system’s dispersion needed to fan out through the room to provide even coverage. The issue was compounded by the fact that there is a large balcony that extends roughly 35 feet into the space. This required a main loudspeaker system that not only had broad horizontal dispersion characteristics, but it also needed to have solid vertical throw capability in order to reach the rear of the room.”
Owens specified D.A.S. Audio’s Variant installation array loudspeaker systems in a three cluster setup (left-center-right), with each loudspeaker cluster consisting of five self-powered Variant 112a elements. A total of four Variant 18A self-powered subs are on hand, with two flown adjacent to the left and right clusters while the others reside on the outer corners of the stage. Loudspeaker processing is provided by two Biamp Nexia SP DSP loudspeaker processors using the NexLink digital audio networking system.
When queried about his selection of the D.A.S. Audio Variant system, Owens offered the following, “This particular room begged for wide line array coverage. Since the balcony had longer throw volume requirements, we decided having separate control with the self-powered enclosures would better allow for custom tailoring of the sound in the balcony while still enabling us to hit the floor almost directly below the speakers. The Variant has the capability to be a 12 to 15 degree box in terms of its vertical dispersion and I really needed to cover this space vertically as much as horizontally. So, three arrays covered the horizontal, and the 73 degrees that I splayed the five boxes in each cluster provided the perfect vertical coverage. Additionally, we hit the top two boxes with a different signal path, EQ, and level, etc. to make the balcony sound like the floor.”
Mid-Way Baptist Church
Owens Audio Video Design