Twin Falls, ID (April 14, 2009)--The First Baptist Church of Twin Falls recently upgraded its audio system--an effort that included new ISP Technologies HDM112 speakers.
Tom Hautka, owner of Sounddoc, handled the installation. Since the 300-seat church couldn't afford to replace everything, Hautka decided to go with ISP Technologies HDM112 speakers for the key top boxes. After replacing the previous boxes, Hautka said, "The thing that I notice about these speakers is their ability to project sound and their clarity. In a narrow (39' wide and 39' ceiling height) room like this, it's important to have a system that can project to the back of the room without being incredibly loud at the front. With these speakers, we maintained the same level from the first pew to the face of the balcony. What is really amazing is that these speakers are one of the speaker choices in ISP's monitor speaker line."
The old sound system used a delay and a small set of speakers for the under balcony fills to cover the back of the room. With the HDM112s, Hautka found he didn't need the under balcony fills. The church's existing Electro-Voice active subs were left in place to provide added punch to the new top boxes. Hautka was also able to utilize the speaker mounts that were already in the facility, helping to keep within the budget of the church.
Sounddoc installed eight channels of Ashly Protea EQs and they came in handy for tuning the system. Hautka found that the room really liked 100Hz, so he took it out completely on all 3 channels, L-C-R. The rest of the frequencies required little adjustment. "This is by far the easiest system to tune," said Hautka, "Mike Redman, the Worship Leader, said that it even changed the sound on the platform. He could hear things he has never heard before, that his guitar actually sounds like he is playing through his amplifier--and he runs direct from his pedal!"
Redman, happy with the new system, said, "I had kept my expectations low because our old speakers were quite good. Unless you put speakers side by side, you often don't hear the difference. However, in this case, there was such a remarkable change, I was shocked. Even from the stage, we could hear things we have never heard before. I felt foolish when I found myself looking for a leak when I heard our rain stick playing through the right speaker!"
Redman added that the word the congregation used most to describe the new system was "clear," and that the only drawback was now that everyone had to play better because they could be heard now. "I seriously doubt if there is another sound system to match ours within 100 miles," he said. "We have been blessed from the first day we met Tom Hautka, and we are doubly blessed that he made it possible for us to own these outstanding speakers."