New York (September 21, 2006)–A Christian revival meeting and Madison Square Garden are two terms that don’t often occur within the same sentence, yet they came together at the recent “New York Crusade 2006,” which attracted thousands over the course of three days.
AudioSpectrum’s Rafael Jaimes (left) and Mr. Youngman, one of the engineers for the event.The revival, led by Reverend Dr. Jaerock Lee of the Manmin Joong-ang Church of Seoul, South Korea, utilized all of the production elements found at a large-scale rock concert, including a huge stage, moving lights, high-resolution video and most significantly, high-end sound reinforcement provided by AudioSpectrum of Boston, Massachusetts. The program was also broadcast to a worldwide audience in four languages and offered messages and words of inspiration by the Rev. Dr. Lee and other pastors, as well as contributions by a 20-plus-member praise band.
Headed by Rafael Jaimes, AudioSpectrum teamed up with organizers to formulate a sound design capable of providing 360 degrees of coverage to the entire arena, including thousands of seats directly behind the stage at one end.
“This is one of the larger and more interesting sound systems we’ve assembled for a live event,” notes Jaimes. “An ‘in-the-round’ design presents more than the average number of challenges and factors to consider, not just in terms of where to physically locate the loudspeakers but then also managing transition zones within the coverage and getting them all to act as one, tight, cohesive source that correlates directly with the stage.”
AudioSpectrum’s system was headed by EAW KF760 and KF761 large line arrays flown front, side and rear above the stage. The front-firing line arrays, positioned stage left and right and providing the vast majority of coverage, were each made up of 12 KF760 line array boxes and two KF761s at the bottom while four JF260 compact loudspeakers were used for fill. Dual “front-side” arrays flanking the mains were each made up of four KF760 and four KF761 modules, while “rear-side” arrays, covering a nearer field and wider area, included two KF760s atop four KF761s. Finally, the entire rear seating section was handled with four KF761 boxes.
The sound team also used KF760 Wizard software to determine array structures while also calculating each array’s dimensions, weight, and center of gravity. The processing for this widespread system, with seven full-range arrays covering hundreds of thousands of feet of internal space, came from XTA DP428 digital processors which were rack-mounted with the system’s Crown Macro-Tech power amplifiers positioned to each side of the stage. The processors served individual loudspeaker, array and system-wide processing needs, with Jaimes deploying an XTA Walkabout Wi-Fi-Ethernet unit to assist in fine-tuning DSP parameters. SmaartLive was also on hand, used for evaluating and optimizing overall coverage.
The stage received the same full-blanket-coverage treatment, with four EAW KF850 loudspeakers flown left and right in pairs firing downward. The large band’s monitoring were handled with 14 SM84 wedges, with four SM200 wedges supplied for all people speaking. A pair of 52-channel Yamaha PM5D digital consoles were used at the FOH and monitor positions.