Raleigh, NC (May 3, 2006)–Hope Community Church recently opened a new worship campus that accommodates an average of more than 3,500 congregants every Sunday. The theater-style worship sanctuary is the centerpiece of the campus, hosting dynamic services as well as dramas, concerts and other productions. The new system in it was developed by Bob Blair, co-principal of APS Integrated Systems, an AV contracting firm based in Raleigh.
The worship sanctuary has the popular “fan” configuration that places seats in close proximity to the front platform. As a result, the room is much wider (about 130 feet) than it is deep (about 80 feet), with the floor level hosting the majority of seats, backed by two sets of steeply raked stadium-style seating and a balcony running about a two-thirds of the length of the rear wall.
A trio of QSC ISIS WideLine arrays, in left-center-right (LCR) configuration, are each made up of five loudspeakers flown in a gentle “J” configuration to provide vertical coverage to the back row of the main level. The arrays are spaced evenly in a row that corresponds with the very front edge of the platform. A tenant of the design from the outset called for plenty of low-frequency output, and further, that the subwoofers be housed in cavities carved out below the front of the platform, so five Modular Design MD-S215 subwoofers are spaced equidistantly in these cavities.
To bolster coverage to the balcony, which is shadowed by a catwalk that impedes the coverage of the main arrays, three QSC ISIS 102M compact loudspeakers are flown in a ring configuration, and these are fed LCR programming that mirrors the main arrays. Meanwhile, single ISIS 102M cabinets receiving a matrix of the main LCR feed provide additional coverage to the two stadium-style seating regions. A slight coverage shortage at the first couple of seating rows was addressed with the addition of four AcousticDesign AD-S82 compact loudspeakers along the lip of the platform.
All loudspeakers are driven by QSC PowerLight2 Series amplifiers–eight model PL 230 and eight model PL 224–located in two racks housed on the mezzanine level. A pair of BASIS 904zz digital units also located there provide all system processing, including precision delay for the satellite loudspeakers.