Marlton, NJ (December 20, 2010)--Sovereign Grace Church in Marlton, NJ recently built a new 1100-seat worship center that sports dedicated Electro-Voice EVA (Expandable Vertical Array), EVF (front-loaded), and EVH (horn-loaded) loudspeakers.
Creative Technologies Consulting (Edmond, Oklahoma) recently designed a system based around EVH-1152S/43 and EVF-1122S/94 loudspeakers, while Summit Integrated Systems (Denver, Colorado) installed the system.
Dale Alexander, Principal Consultant with Creative Technologies Consulting, remarked, “From day one, we worked alongside the architect, project management team, and our acoustician to reshape the church’s worship center, preparing the space for a new sound system to help them reach their goals for greater intelligibility and coverage and I thought a combination of EVF and EVH models would work well at Sovereign Grace.”
Alexander continues, “The church’s top priorities for the sound system were preaching, praise, and worship leading. They expressed a desire to do these in a stereo mix, which is always a challenge in a large room like this. To reach these goals in the remodeled space, we specified a combination of EVH and EVF loudspeakers arranged in what we call a “cross-matrix” LCR configuration, an approach we’ve used extensively that works very well for providing a stereo image in these types of environments, utilizing smaller main clusters, and without delay speakers.
The center cluster comprises three EVH 40 x 30 boxes and two EVF 90 x 40 boxes, covers the entire stadium seating area as well as the seating areas on the flat floor closest to the stage. Each of the side clusters has just two EVH 40 x 30 long-throw boxes covering two-thirds of the stadium seating area, and two EVF 90 x 40 boxes covering the flat floor seating near the stage. “The cross-matrixed system approach takes a little longer to get the system set up, equalized and timed, etc., but it’s well worth it,” Alexander adds.
Alexander and his team covered the entire seating area with 11 boxes and no delays, noting, “The system can provide the full stereo image effect for the praise team and choir, and then the center cluster can be pushed up in the mix to provide exceptional spoken word clarity, to the point that it sounds like the pastor is speaking through a large mono system. We get the best of both worlds with the cross-matrix design.”
The stage mic inputs are routed to onstage I/O boxes, and from there via CAT-6 to a Roland RSS V-Mixing console, significantly streamlining the cabling situation. The system is controlled and managed via the console; all the settings are locked-in, so it’s plug-and-play for the volunteers who run sound. The digital outputs from the console are then routed into a NetMax N8000-1500 system controller/matrix, and the signal runs analog from the NetMax outputs to the amps.
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