Washington, D.C. (May 25, 2010)–A Renkus-Heinz Iconyx Digitally Beam Steerable loudspeaker system, installed by CTSI, is part of a $3 million renovation of the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington, DC.
Founded in 1852, the church has been part of the nation’s capitol for over 150 years; in 2006, the church embarked on the restoration of its landmark building.
Corbett Technology Solutions Inc. of Chantilly, VA upgraded the audio system, with a basic IC8 array containing eight full-range, high performance coaxial transducers, each individually controlled by its own digital amplifier and programmable digital signal processor (DSP). IC8’s can be combined in the field to form taller arrays: IC16’s, IC24s and IC32s. In addition to being louder, the taller arrays can generate more beams of sound energy and control them at lower frequencies.
CTSI proposed two IC24s, two IC16s and two IC8s attached to columns just in front of the altar, midway through the sanctuary and almost at the back. The larger arrays cover the main floor of the sanctuary, while the IC8s provide fill coverage to an overflow loft above the church entrance. CTSI retained the existing mixing console and used a BSS BLU-16 to process the signal distributed to the six self-powered ICONYX arrays via a Sony Anycast Station. Primarily designed as a compact location-video switcher, the Anycast Station is also used integrate Sony video cameras, Extron switching and Communication Specialties Fiberlink transmitters and receivers.
The transition to digital audio distribution and digitally steered arrays prompted a dramatic reaction from the client. Their first experience of the new sound system was one of “jaw dropping satisfaction,” according to CTSI Senior Vice President Gino Ruta.