Greer, SC (April 3, 2006)–Fairview Baptist Church recently completed a new fan-shaped sanctuary that seats between 1,000 to 1,500 people, and features a “blended” worship style comprised of traditional and contemporary elements. The musical program includes an organ, piano, orchestra and a praise team. When the church personnel were seeking a company to design and install an audio-visual system, they turned to dB Sound and Video, Inc., based in Gainesville, GA.
“It’s a fairly traditional looking church,” explained Mike Hedden, president of dB Audio and Video and partner at Danley Sound Labs. “Our instructions were to design a sound system that was virtually invisible to the congregation, yet delivered clear, clean intelligible sound. Other goals were to make the choir sound fuller and keep the pastor’s lavalier mic sounding natural without feedback.”
dB aimed to achieve all of this in a space that posed some acoustical issues. “Making the audio sound great with the loudspeakers encased inside a proscenium is a bit of a task,” Hedden said. “This room is fairly live acoustically, as the church did not have an acoustician on the front-end of the job. We had to make sure that the loudspeakers kept the energy off the walls and ceiling as best as possible.” Hedden’s answer was to use the Danley Sound Labs’ SH-50 loudspeakers and integrate them into the proscenium.
A pair of SH-50s provide coverage to the main floor and balcony, three SH-100s were positioned as side and center fills, and another pair of SH-100s were installed for choir foldback. A pair of Danley TH-112 high-output, single 12-inch driver subwoofers reinforce the low frequencies. An Avoim system, combined with floor units, are used for monitoring on stage.
A pair of Yamaha 01V-96 audio consoles are cascaded together, and operate in conjunction with outboard pre-amplifiers by Behringer and a 16-channel wireless AKG microphone. The audio system is driven by a combination of power amps by Crown and Yamaha, with Behringer DSP.
Hedden said that Fairview Baptist’s blended worship style challenges systems integrators to deliver two main results that are, at times, opposing. “The biggest issues with this church was that we needed to give them the quality and output that you would look for in a contemporary service, while keeping the church traditional looking and enabling them to do traditional-style worship with a choir,” he concluded. “Yes, they wanted the best of both worlds, and many times that is very difficult to accomplish, but in this case, we did it.”
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