St. Michael, MN (July 28, 2005)–One of the largest new Catholic churches in Minnesota, The Parish of St. Michael Catholic Church, recently contracted Audio Video Electronics (AVE) of Brooklyn Park, MN, to design the acoustics and install a sound system in its brand-new1,200-seat sanctuary. The space features a number of acoustical challenges, including a 56-foot diameter domed roof, and the fact that the music and choir must be positioned at the side of the sanctuary, with spoken word front center.
After analyzing the sanctuary space with EASE 4.1 acoustical modeling software, AVE recommended acoustically absorptive wall and ceiling material in key areas, and specified equipment, including a Midas Verona console in a HAS desk, feeding sound to two PAs–an EAW DSA line array and a cluster of EAW MQ series boxes–with a Rane RPM programmable multifunction processor reining in both PAs. Both sets of loudspeakers are powered by QSC DX power amplifiers and the two systems are
AVE’s Kevin Crow remarked, “The church puts on a blend of traditional and contemporary music, including a wide range of instruments like flutes and acoustic guitars that have a very natural sound. The Verona helps maintain the sonic integrity of these instruments all through the signal chain. There are really two sound systems in the space that are matrixed together with the DSP and controlled via the Verona. The left and right channels run the digitally steerable line arrays flown from the columns in the sanctuary for vocals. The music comes from a large format cluster off to the side of the sanctuary, and is run from its own fader.”
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