Dallas (December 18, 2006)–Outside Dallas sits Custer Road United Methodist Church (CRUMC), which recently purchased a new Schantz pipe organ and a new Venue wireless systems from Lectrosonics.
CRUMC’s Bob Carter holding a Lectrosonics UT Series Digital Hybrid Wireless Handheld Transmitter.”Aside from providing proper sound reinforcement for those in attendance,” said Bob Carter, CRUMC’s director of Audio/Visual Services, “it is absolutely essential to capture clean audio signals for the videotapes we distribute. Without being able to understand the message of the service, the tapes would hold little value for their viewers.”
Dallas-based Acoustic Dimensions penned the facility blueprint while SPL Integrated Solutions handled the installation of the $3.1M facility upgrade. The facility overhaul involved removing the existing acoustical treatments as well as the carpeting in an effort to create a large, much more “live” environment for the organ and congregational singing. While this change certainly accomplished its goal, it also created a seven second reverb time, which was compensated for by means of DSP and steerable line array technology. Twin BSS Soundweb 9088ii DSP processors, used in conjunction with EAW KF730 compact line array elements and SB730 sub bass enclosures constitute the main house sound system. An Allen & Heath 40-channel GL3300 console resides at front of house.
While wired microphones are used, Custer Road United Methodist Church has always had a preference for wireless technology. “We’ve been increasing our wireless capability in recent years,” stated Carter, “yet we had no place to go with the equipment. We previously had three receivers and a powered antenna distribution module occupying two rack spaces, with the rest of the wireless systems sitting on a ledge the console. We had no more available rack space, and were actively looking for a solution. We found it with the Venue wireless system from Lectrosonics. When I realized we could fit 12 channels into two rack spaces, our lack of space issue was suddenly resolved. Since we typically use anywhere up to nine channels during a service, I found myself with some extra ‘headroom’ for those special events.”
Presently, Custer Road United Methodist Church has eight belt pack transmitters (used in conjunction with assorted lavalier and headworn mics) and four handheld wireless microphones. The clergy are the most regular users of the wireless equipment, with guest speakers and the occasional vocalist getting in on the action as well. Additionally, the LecNet2 software’s VRpanel interface enables Carter and his associates to monitor the equipment.