Providence, RI (August 10, 2005)–A new audio upgrade was recently installed into St. Martin’s church on the East side of Providence in the form of Martin Audio loudspeakers chosen by sound designer Mark Waker of Balanced Input (North Attleborough, MA). The church already had a sound reinforcement system comprised of four line source speaker systems, with delays, a 12-channel console, Crown amps and a selection of good microphones, but the age of the equipment and questionable installation techniques had rendered it almost unusable. Now the church has added a PA that is almost its namesake: Martin Audio’s AQ line.
“In St. Martin’s,” said Walker, “there is very little in the way of sound absorptive material until the congregation is in the pews, and even with a full house, there is still an enormous amount of highly reflective hardscape. The only way to distribute the program without generating massive reverberation was using multiple speakers operating at low levels in time aligned zones. One of the key factors in the selection of the speakers is flat power response to avoid stimulating resonances wherever possible.”
The central nave area is covered by four Martin Audio AQ 8 systems; the outer aisles are served by AQ 6 systems, as is the font at the rear of the church. A pair of concealed CT 115s provides coverage for the choir. All speakers are driven by Crown amplification, and an Architectural Acoustics Digitool MX controls all inputs and outputs.
The upgraded system happened in a hurry–the church gave Waker the job, but needed something operational in 17 days, just in time for Easter Sunday. Martin Audio and FedEx got the speakers there by March 22 and the system was fully operational by the following Thursday, a mere 14 days after the system was commissioned.