Norway (January 9, 2006)–Inside the Lommedalen Church, nestled in a Norwegian valley only 15 kilometers from central Oslo, sits a newly installed Meyer Sound M1D ultra-compact curvilinear array loudspeaker system, thanks to a touring Christmas concert that visited the church late in 2004.
“The concert was by a group of contemporary Christian musicians who brought in their own production,” said Trond Kristoffersen of AVAB-CAC, a diversified AV contracting, rental, and distribution firm. “Their sound came from a system of Meyer Sound M1D arrays flown from the trusses.
“I realized from the outset that a line array solution had advantages for this church,” Kristoffersen continued, “but most line arrays were either physically too large, which raised visual objections, or beyond the somewhat limited, original budget. Although an M1D system also was outside that budget, when the people in charge of the money heard the sound at the Christmas show, the budget was quickly adjusted to allow the M1D solution.”
Kristoffersen set aside his previous proposals and applied Meyer Sound’s MAPP Online Pro acoustical prediction program to the design process for a permanent M1D system. As now installed, seven M1D units and one M1D-Sub ultra-compact subwoofer are flown in each of the two main arrays. To blend discreetly with the light-infused architecture, the loudspeakers were ordered with a custom finish matching the ceiling’s white wood. The wiring and connectors also were painted to match. Although the flown system provides ample full-range reinforcement for the traditional services, extra bass for the amplified “youth culture” services is supplied by a pair of USW-1P compact subwoofers placed in front of the stage.
The church is designed with a retractable rear wall, joining the main 350-seat sanctuary with a second hall to boost the total seating capacity to 700. Kristoffersen was able to replace one of the two delay zones from the previous system by configuring the M1D arrays into top and bottom sections, each with separate feeds and equalization, to cover the main sanctuary and rear seating area.
Along with the new M1D system, the installation included a Yamaha DM2000 mixing console for concerts and youth services, plus a Yamaha 01V96 for the more limited requirements of traditional services.
Meyer Sound Labs