Johannesburg, South Africa (January 24, 2006)–Bryanston New Covenant Church in suburban Johannesburg, South Africa, recently purchased a new sound system after it auditioned all three of its top contenders in the main 1,200-seat worship center. Eventually, the church decided upon Meyer Sound M1D ultra-compact curvilinear array loudspeakers.
“We initially supplied the M1D system on a hire basis,” said Lee Thomson of Prosound Pty Ltd of Johannesburg, Meyer Sound’s South African distributor. “We rigged it up for a weekend of services, and for a special concert later that week by a well-known British songwriter and worship leader, Matt Redman. What the church leadership heard clearly tipped the decision in favor of the Meyer Sound solution.”
The new, permanently installed system’s main left and right arrays each contain six M1D cabinets and one M1D-Sub ultra-compact subwoofer. A Meyer Sound LD-2 line driver tailors the signal for the system components. Principal designer of the system was Prosound’s technical director Mark Malherbe, with contributions from Lee Thomson. “We used the MAPP Online Pro (acoustical prediction) program, and it was very helpful in demonstrating to the client what the coverage would be like,” said Thomson.
“Compared to the old system, we’ve noticed a great improvement in power, coverage and clarity,” said Gary Bradshaw, an elder at the church responsible for financial oversight. “The most noticeable characteristic is the uniformity of coverage. This system is great for the spoken word, as we don’t have dead spots. For music, we’ve noticed that we no longer have areas where the music booms. The sound engineers have an easier time creating a mix that sounds good throughout the hall.”
Mixing duties at the church are performed on its other principle new acquisition: a 32-channel Midas Verona console. According to Prosound, the church’s Verona is the first installed anywhere in South Africa. Likewise, the M1D system is the first installed in any South African church.
Meyer Sound Laboratories