Newport, PA (May 30, 2006)–Hope Eternal United Methodist Church spent decades using a simple audio system based around a six-channel powered mixer unit with two small stereo type speakers on swivel wall brackets and a portable type screen raised up on chairs in a corner of the sanctuary. When it came time to finally upgrade, the church asked Phil Reigh Sound to design a new system that would work both for the existing site which is over a 100 years old as well and has a fairly short and wide worship area, as well a larger modern facility for the future that was barely on the drawing boards.
For the audio system, which was intended to reproduce prerecorded material and voice only, Reigh chose Martin Audio Blackline F12 loudspeakers because, as he describes it, “we’ve consistently had good results with them, especially in these types of installations. The new AQ Series AQ8 was added for center fill because we needed extra coverage. The existing church sanctuary is wider than it is deep, about 47 feet by 65 feet, so we were basically dealing with a rectangle with the pulpit, platform and music presentation along a side wall. We didn’t have an excessively long throw to deal with here; we put one F12 on either side, both custom-ordered in White, and added the AQ fairly low to overcome some soft spots in the coverage, plus we have some time delay on it as well. The walls in the old Church are hard surfaces with some carpeting on the floor and drapes at the back of the church to help with acoustics. Overall, we were looking for smooth balanced coverage with plenty of articulation, both for the existing Church and the one that wasn’t even on the drawing boards yet! And the client was adamant about not having to make any major additions to the system later on.”
The rest of the system included a Soundcraft Series 2 32-channel mixing console, Carver amps, an Ashly Protea 4.24 GS system EQ; Ashly GQX-3102 monitor EQ; a dbx 166XL monitor comp/limiter and Middle Atlantic racks. The praise team uses four Martin F12 speakers on two discrete monitor mixes and Shure Beta 58 mics.