Orlando’s Summit Church sports a Meyer Sound MSL-3 loudspeaker and 650-R2 subwoofer system in one of its worship facilities.Orlando, FL (September 18, 2008)–Orlando’s Summit Church services work overtime to appeal to younger generations, going so far as to have its praise band perform alternative rock-styled hymns. Ensuring that every parishoner can hear each note, a Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeaker system was designed and installed by the Orlando office of Pro Sound.
Untraditional to say the least, Summit Church meets in what was once a shuttered eight-screen multiplex, where its Meyer Sound MSL-3 loudspeaker and 650-R2 subwoofer system is used in one of the larger screening rooms, while three other theaters have been gutted to make way for a purpose-built 770-seat worship auditorium.
“Summit’s new room is very wide and shallow, which did not lend itself to a line array solution,” notes system designer Kelly Prince of Pro Sound. “Instead, we went with a left-right-left-right configuration of four CQ-1 loudspeakers. It fits the space perfectly and also provides good stereo imaging.”
The proposal for CQ-1 loudspeakers immediately resonated with Andy Simonds, the church’s creative director and lead keyboard player in Summit’s band. “I’m a great fan of how the CQs sound,” Simonds remarks. “I particularly like how they treat vocals. It’s easy to get vocals into the sweet spot in the mix, and to make them come up front without being shrill.”
For those sitting in the front rows, four UPM-1P loudspeakers keep vocals above the band’s instrumental sound, while low end is supplied by four 650R-2s working in conjunction with a pair of 600-HP subwoofers.
Simonds adds that the church is planning on further upgrades in the future, including additional microphones and replacing the analog board with a DigiDesign Venue D Show. In the initial phase, however, he made it clear that the first priority was a firm foundation for future expansion. “I wanted to be sure we had the basic infrastructure right,” reports Simonds. “And that included getting all the cabling clean and putting in the right Meyer Sound loudspeakers. We wanted to make sure everything we had on the back end was right from the outset.”