Houston, TX (June 22, 2007)–The Second Baptist Church is big–big enough that it has a 5,000 seat worship center, plus five separate locations in outlying areas of the city. All that requires a lot of upkeep, however, and its West Campus recently was rennovated–an effort that included gaining a new sound system incorporating Meyer Sound M1D ultracompact curvilinear array loudspeakers.
A DiGiCo D5 feeds sound to the numerous Meyer Sound M1D line arrays within the West Campus worship center of Second Baptist Church in Houston, TX. Second Baptist’s West Campus has an open, contemporary feel and includes a 4,500-seat worship center, as well as separate buildings for educational programs, weddings, funerals, and other events. The worship center’s design somewhat resembles a plus sign, with the stage in the center and 360-degree seating tapering out to four quadrants. This layout presented a challenge for Atlanta-based performance engineering firm Clark ProMedia, supplier of the new system.
“It’s quite unlike a typical theatre-in-the-round,” explains Matt Card, Clark ProMedia’s vice president of client development. “What you end up with is four 1,100-seat rectangular rooms that intersect at a common stage. At the front of each quadrant, the seating curves to a more traditional circular arc.”
“What makes it really unique is that we’ve worked to achieve a stereo signal no matter where you’re sitting,” adds George Clark, Clark ProMedia’s founder and chief engineer. “This is accomplished by alternating the arrays for each quadrant, so that left and right signals are always adjacent to each other going around the space.”
Each quadrant uses an array of 10 M1D cabinets for each stereo channel, totaling 80 cabinets throughout the hall. At the corners of the quadrants, aisles form a natural division between each wing, with the flat floor area in front moving up to a more stadium-like incline toward the rear.
The system uses a pair of LD-3 compensating line drivers to tailor the sound and drive the arrays. A total of eight 700-HP ultrahigh-power subwoofers are flown to cover low end, two per quadrant. “One of the hallmarks of our church design is a big, powerful low-end presence,” Card points out. “Any time there’s a part of the worship service that speaks not only to the aesthetic and intellectual, but to the emotional, it’s important to create a musical experience that essentially wraps around you and draws you in. We endeavor to achieve that kind of high-impact performance, and the 700-HP delivers the clear, solid low end that is an essential part of that experience.”