Montgomery, AL (June 29, 2006)–Frazer United Methodist Church, which has served its growing congregation for over a century, recently built its new 2,000 seat Wesley Hall worship center, sporting a likewise new audio system designed by Frazer’s front-of-house engineer, Steve Wolfe, and project manager Brian Smith of the Whitlock Group (Pensacola, FL). After a system shootout, a Meyer Sound rig was chosen for the space.
Above the lip of the stage are three line arrays, each consisting of five M2D compact curvilinear array loudspeakers and one M2D-Sub compact subwoofer. Splay angles were set using Meyer Sound’s MAPP Online Pro acoustical prediction program. To ensure a clean, professional look, the stage is designed to accommodate both subwoofers and frontfill loudspeakers beneath it. A pair of 650-P subwoofers are paired together beneath the center thrust, which projects 20 feet beyond the main stage area. Flanking them is a pair of 700-HP subwoofers on the far left and right. A half-dozen UPM-1P loudspeakers handle frontfill duty, with two cabinets sitting atop the subwoofers under the centerstage thrust, and the other four spaced evenly beneath the stage stairs on either side.
Completing the system is a delay ring of six UPJ-1P compact VariO loudspeakers suspended from the ceiling on aircraft cables about 70 feet back from the stage, angled down by 28 to 30 degrees. “We really felt that the line arrays could do the job completely,” said Smith, “but having that reinforcement there really added a little bit of security for everyone.”
To ensure the sonic integrity of the line arrays, two LD-3 compensating line drivers were employed. “What we’re actually doing is breaking apart the arrays,” Smith recalls. “We’re using one input channel for the top two speakers, another channel for the middle two speakers, and the third channel for the bottom speaker, plus the flown subs.” The result is total control of each array.
As a final touch, Rick Shimer of Blackhawk Audio (White House, TN) tuned the sound system using a SIM 3 audio analyzer. In the end, Wolfe says his goals were completely attained with the resulting sound quality. “The intelligibility is great, and the system is real musical and natural sounding, without a lot of coloration,” he reports. “And that was what we wanted to achieve in this room.”