Springfield, MO (May 24, 2004)–Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Lakeside, KY has recently undergone a major audio renovation, with Covington, KY-based American Sound and Electronics (ASE) handing the design and installation of SLS Compact Line Array loudspeakers in the facility.
ASE, in business since 1946, has provided sound design and builds for clients such as the Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Reds, Ford Motor Co., St. Luke Hospital, General Electric, Ohio University, The Beverly Hills Supper Club and the St. Elizabeth Medical Center. The company’s president, Jack Toener, has also served as president of the NSCA.
So it was with that level of knowledge and expertise that ASE approached renovating the Church’s audio system, working with Jerry Teremi, the front-of-house sound engineer for Lakeside Presbyterian, in an effort to tame the difficult, highly reverberant acoustic environment. “After altering our sanctuary to accommodate a new world-class pipe organ,” said Teremi, “it became clear that because of increased reverb times, intelligibility as well as even and consistent coverage were critical issues. In addition, theatrical performances requiring the simultaneous use of multiple microphones meant that directional system performance with high gain before feedback was a necessity.”
A decision was made to experiment using line array technology as a tool to solve the problem. “After setting up demonstrations with several manufacturers, it immediately became apparent that the SLS Compact Line Array was something different,” said Teremi. “In my many years in this field, I have never heard this kind of clarity and detail from a speaker system. It was like bringing near-field, studio monitor coverage to a 500-seat facility. The results are reduced reverberation from floors and ceiling, improving intelligibility. There was almost no perceptible change in volume from the front row to the last, and amazingly even coverage from any seat in the house.” As a result, the church now sports SLS International LS8695 loudspeakers.