Columbia, MS (October 4, 2006)–With a population of fewer than 7,000–and a congregation of more than 1,500–Columbia’s Woodlawn United Pentecostal Church is a popular destination. The seven-year-old church recently conducted a large-scale revamp of its audio and video systems, making it one of the first churches in the area to install Meyer Sound’s new M’elodie ultracompact high-power curvilinear array loudspeaker.
Meyer M’elodie loudspeakers get the Word out at Woodlawn United Pentecostal Church.”The church’s original design was heavily focused on aesthetics, to the detriment of sound quality,” recalled Chris Campbell, project manager for audio and video provider Shivelbine Music and Sound. Campbell, along with Shivelbine’s systems designer, John Sharp, and systems manager, Kevin McManus, created a design that features a 16:9 aspect, three-camera video system with a powerful audio component based around two arrays of nine M’elodie cabinets each. A pair of UPA-2P compact narrow coverage loudspeakers hangs next to the line arrays for sidefill.
“It’s a pretty wide room, nearly 80 feet across, and the UPA cabinets add a little extra coverage in the corners at the front,” Campbell explained.
Four 700-HP ultrahigh-power subwoofers are groundstacked at each corner of the stage platform. “We couldn’t hang them due to weight limitations, and recessing them into the platform wasn’t really an option with the tight construction schedule,” said Campbell. “But they’re actually really happy with the on-stage placement.”
The room’s design, while not particularly unusual, nonetheless presented a few challenges. “While most of the seating is on the main floor, there’s a small balcony that holds a few rows of seating, as well as the FOH mixing desk: a 40-channel Allen & Heath ML5000 with 24-channel sidecar,” Campbell detailed. “It’s not particularly deep, though, and the M’elodie array turned out to be efficient enough to cover the upper and lower levels without any additional reinforcement.”
Indeed, Campbell reports reactions from the church’s audio crew are overwhelmingly positive. “The sound is clear, it’s in your face, but they’ve got headroom to spare,” he observed. “One of the best compliments I heard was when one of the guys told me he knew it must be pretty loud, but it didn’t hurt anymore.”