Charlotte, NC (August 18, 2004)–The Steele Creek Church of Charlotte, NC, is currently building itself a new 3,000-seat sanctuary, but in the meantime, the church has setup shop in a “sprung” structure–a prefab building that can be popped-up instantly on-site and quickly anchored to terra firma. Usually sporting a domed roof (as Steele Creek’s temporary sanctuary does), these kinds of buildings create numerous acoustical problems for audio designers.
Armando Fullwood of Charlotte, NC-based Design 2020, has helped the church, however, by altering the environment within the 900-seat sprung structure, putting up well-placed absorptive panels, and, in some cases, playing the harsh reflective surfaces and domed ceiling against themselves to positive effect. For the temporary venue’s audio system,12 amplifiers from QSC’s RMX product group were chosen including RMX850, RMX1450, and RMX2450 models. Also tossed into the fray for good measure was a single eight-channel CX168 amp from QSC’s CX Series, which Fullwood utilized to build dedicated zones of enhanced reverb.
“Using the eight-channel CX168 and a Mackie DX8 digital mixer, I routed the choir mics’ reverb returns through different loudspeaker zones established in the sanctuary,” he said, explaining the basics of his poor man’s surround sound system. “Within my design, voices still are heard right down the middle of the room, but stereo reverb is piped into the zones. If you slide up the matrix sends on the board when the choir sings, you get a nice, warm ‘surround’ feeling. For the money involved, it’s a great effect that offers the client something extra, and the CX168 made it all possible right from two rackspaces.”
When the Steele Creek congregation ultimately moves into its new permanent home, the keys to the aurally-enhanced sprung structure will be handed over to the church’s youth group. “At that time, we won’t have to change a thing for the younger generation’s needs,” Fullwood added. “The system will be perfect for their dramatic presentations and music. All-in-all, every hand-me-down should be this good, don’t you think?”
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