Santa Paula, CA (November 30, 2004)–As part of an overall system-wide upgrade, the Universalist Unitarian Church in Santa Paula, CA recently acquired a Sennheiser i40-C lectern mic package for its services. Stan Gonzales, president of Ventura, CA-based TGK Audio Visual Solutions, the systems integrator that installed a new sound system for the church chose the Sennheiser i40-C mic to meet a number of acoustical challenges, none of which could be addressed by altering any of the church’s architectural features.
Built in 1889, the church’s interior is constructed of the type of wood commonly used in making fine string instruments–so the space is highly reverberant. Additionally, since it was listed on the historic rolls, TGK didn’t have the option of acoustically treating the interior of the building, nor the wooden lectern that housed the old microphone.
“The building is so old you’re almost afraid to breathe,” Gonzales said, “so we couldn’t do a lot of cutting. We had to protect its landmark value at all costs. The old mic was so ‘boom-boom’ loud that people had to tiptoe around the mic when they were near it. You could hear pages being turned and there was little room for lectern-slamming passion. But the real issue was that no one in the audience could understand much of what was being said. I’ve worked with a lot of other mics, but the i40-C was the first mic that came to mind for this particular project. That mic pretty much made us heroes in the eyes of the client.”