Fayetteville, NC (September 16, 2005)–The Simon Temple AME Zion Church upgraded its sanctuary sound recently, using a design was implemented by the pro audio arm of Edwards Music Company, a local firm. The biggest challenge was the relatively small ceiling height. “How about down to 13 feet 11 inches,” said Mark Autry, the lead designer on the project. “Normally we’d avoid using a flown system at that height, but in this case we had no choice. There simply wasn’t enough space on the ground to do the job the church needed done.”
“High performance obviously occupied a prominent spot on our list of design criteria,” Autry further related. “As did aesthetic presentation. Coverage was equally important across all of the sanctuary’s 699 seats. Obtaining all these things within the context of the low ceiling was a real challenge.”
Autry ultimately chose a pair of QSC two-way MD-F152/64r 60°x40 enclosures with rotatable horn sections and a pair of MD-L118 18-inch low frequency cabinets for the project. “Using the rotatable horn sections found in the two-way MD boxes, we were able to quickly adapt the system to the room to obtain the coverage we needed in virtually every seat,” Autry pointed out. “Flying the boxes at such a low height wasn’t a problem either, again because of the rotatable horn sections, and the pitch of the trapezoidal MD cabinet design, which allowed us to mount the enclosures directly above the stage much closer to the ceiling than if we had tried to use a standard rectangular box.”
Relying upon QSC amplification across the board derived from a combination of legacy gear and new components including CX and PLX Series products, the system was designed jointly by Autry, Edwards Music chief installation technician Mike Rhodes, and Tommy DuBose of ATGI, QSC’s South Carolina-based rep firm.