SPL's Chris Henley (left) and Mike Bohlmann, Worship & Arts director, inspect the new DAS PA at Desert View Bible Church. Phoenix, AZ (August 24, 2007)--Founded in 2002, Desert View Bible Church (DVBC) recently upgraded its sound reinforcement (SR) system as the first part of a multi-stage enhancement to the physical plant by SPL Integrated Solutions. The system sale, design, and implementation were spearheaded by Chris Henley, general manager for SPL’s Phoenix office. Installed and completed during July, 2007, the new system revolves around loudspeakers from DAS Audio and a Yamaha digital console.
Desert View Bible Church’s worship center is roughly 120 feet square, with concrete side walls, a concrete floor, sheet rock rear walls and an open truss ceiling at a height of 24 feet. With the stage situated in the corner of the room, it’s a live space that presented a number of acoustic challenges. According to Henley, “Desert View’s worship center is a reverberant room that required us to minimize the reflections from the walls and floor. Compounding this situation is the fact that, presently, there are minimal provisions for sound absorption. Acoustic treatment of the space is planned for a future upgrade.”
The SPL team installed 10 Aero CA-28A self-powered line array elements, plus a pair of CA-215A powered subwoofers. The system is configured with five CA-28As per side, suspended using DAS Audio’s AX-CA rigging frame. Ground positioned on each side is a single CA-215A self powered subwoofer.
SPL provided and installed a new Yamaha M7CL-48 digital mixer with an 8-channel expansion pack for a total of 56 microphone inputs. “All signal processing for the DAS system is internal because of their self-powered design,” notes Henley, “though the actual tailoring of signals prior to the loudspeakers takes place within the Yamaha mixer’s DSP.
Travis Ho, John Ridley, and Phil Marlowe of SPL provided engineering and installation for the new speaker system, digital console, and the addition of 30 new microphone lines to the stage. Microphones were retained from the previous system and include Sennheiser Evolution Series wireless and an assortment of Shure wired microphones.
In the month that Desert View Bible Church has been using its new SR system, Henley reports his client is extremely pleased. “We’ve received a wide range of compliments,” states Henley. “The church has never had a system of this caliber. This system provides everything they need both today and as they grow.”