Griffin, GA (November 19, 2003)–Recently, the Griffin First Assembly of God moved into a new facility located near the Atlanta airport. Gainesville, GA-based dB Acoustics & Sound oversaw acoustics as well as the design and installation of the new audio systems. Focused primarily on serving clients in the southeast, dB Acoustics & Sound is a full-service audio company that provides acoustical analysis and treatment, and design and installation of A/V systems for auditoriums, worship spaces, performance halls, multi-purpose facilities, sports and concert venues, and recording studios.
In the case of Griffin First Assembly of God, the church, which follows a high energy, contemporary approach to worship, seats approximately 3,500 with the capability of expanding to 5,000 seats. The seating is stadium-style, ascending outward from the platform at the front of the room. A double-tiered balcony offers additional seats. Led by senior pastor Randy Valimont, the Griffin First Assembly of God boasts an average attendance of 2,000 every Sunday morning.
“They wanted extremely even coverage along with an impact,” Mike Hedden, the company’s president, explained. “They wanted an in-your-face kind of sound, and to be able to throw anything at the system and have it work.” To make that happen, Hedden specified two Yamaha O1V96 audio consoles linked together at front-of-house. While performers hear themselves via Aviom personal monitoring systems, the congregation hears the service through an exploded mono loudspeaker design. The center cluster is comprised of four SPL-td1s by Sound Physics Labs, supplemented by two SPL-td1 subwoofers. The left and right cluster each feature an SPL-trik loudspeaker covering the extreme edges of the seating area, and an SPL B-DEAP subwoofer for the low end.
“These systems significantly outperform every piece of active gear that I have heard, and require dramatically less set-up time,” says Hedden. “Less hours of design time, less hours spent on installation time, less test and adjustment time prove it’s good definition of value.”
Hedden, who has dubbed Griffin First Assembly of God the “biggest room on the south side of Atlanta,” noted that the speakers are designed with room aesthetics in mind. “I want to have similar frequency response throughout the auditorium, and still for the amount of horsepower they put out they are extremely unobtrusive. Griffin’s space is a very performance-oriented room with black ceilings and catwalks, but we still didn’t want to forget about the aesthetics. These speakers just disappear.”
Aesthetics are important, as the Church’s services are broadcast on Fresh Touch, a television and radio ministry covering the state of Georgia, in addition to parts of South Carolina and Alabama.