New Bern, NC (December 16, 2005)–North Carolina’s oldest Catholic Church–St. Paul’s Catholic Church, located in the city of New Bern–has installed multiple SLS Loudspeakers in its new sanctuary. F.C Schafer Consulting spearheaded the installation in the new and contemporary, semi-circle shaped auditorium.
With the chancel more centered, and the congregation surrounding the celebrants on three sides, Schafer was faced with many challenges. The fairly reverberant room had to be bright enough to support an electric organ with multiple speakers, which led to obstacles maintaining speech and musical intelligibility.
“The congregation needs to be able to sense that the celebrant is speaking from the chancel and the choir is singing from the choir loft, which is off to the side,” comments Schafer. “We were able to do this by taking the speakers near the choir and leaning them forward. By positioning them this way, they fill up the first third of the room. The remaining speakers are aimed to fill the far seats on the other side of the chancel. When a celebrant is speaking in the front, the sound is directed from the chancel.”
With that in mind, Schafer decided to go with SLS speakers as he noted that he prefered their ribbon technology and found that they provided coverage that he was looking for in the space. He added, “SLS went a step further not only providing us with a cost effective system for St. Paul’s, but were involved through the final stages of testing and tuning. They also assisted us by custom modifying the floor speakers, which were placed on a concrete-stone step.”