Thomaston, CT (May 27, 2010)—The audio system at St. Thomas Roman Catholic Church in Thomaston may be 18 years old, but it was recently augmented by Pascom Sound (Hamden, CT), which installed a Symetrix Automix Matrix 780 to properly align and process the existing speakers.
The sanctuary and nave of St. Thomas is approximately 100 feet by 50 feet and seats some 500 congregants. The church requires reinforcement for spoken word, the choir, and solo vocalists. According to Pascom’s systems engineer and president Peter A. Scandone, Jr., the stone church’s existing system consisted of Bose 402-W loudspeakers fed sound by “a cafeteria-grade amplifier and no signal processing whatsoever.” Scandone suggested it would be possible to improve the sound without replacing the speakers by using a Symetrix Automix 780, providing the church with eight mic/line inputs, four line inputs, and eight outputs, along with a full matrix mixer topology necessary for both current and future requirements.
Pascom also provided an upgrade to each of this system’s microphones using an array of direct and wireless technologies along with four channels of amplification. But the real change was provided by the electro-acoustic alignment of this system’s filtering and signal delay. “We used each of the 780’s DSP resources, including matrix mixing, parametric EQ, delay, and discrete control of each input and output,” noted Scandone. “The existing Bose 402Ws are now properly equalized and phased.
He continued, “Listening before and after, you’d think the entire system was replaced. The improvement is dramatic. We’ve eliminated much of the acoustic interference that had severely compromised the earlier system and delivered an affordable solution that now provides the clarity, uniformity, and fidelity the church anticipated.”
Pascom Sound Inc.