Pensacola, FL (February 18, 2005)–All Pro Sound, a Pensacola, Florida, systems integrator, recently upgraded two churches’ audio systems using a selection of loudspeakers from Turbosound. At First Baptist Church, in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, the company improved an existing system that it had installed a few years earlier, while at Village Baptist Church in nearby Destin, the company updated a system that had been installed by a competitior.
Jim Stenson, senior designer, noted that First Baptist project had “some issues from the beginning, especially due to speaker placement,. It got more frustrating for the church over time because a big part of the congregation couldn’t hear or understand what was being said. In particular, no one wanted to sit in the outside seating sections.”
Hidden behind gondolas in the ceiling, the church’s loudspeakers didn’t provide near the coverage that was required for the auditorium, which seats about 750 in a main floor and balcony area. Increasingly reliant on the musical instrumental elements of contemporary worship, as well as a 100-person choir and a pastor who needed to be heard, the church found the sound system was either not reaching some seating areas or was doing a poor job in areas it did cover. When All Pro was called in, Stenson’s immediate recommendation was to do away with the hidden-speaker layout in favor of an entirely new configuration.
After building an EASE model of the room and inserting similar loudspeakers from three manufacturers in a bid to achieve the required +/- 4dB performance for the seating area, Stenson settled on a solution that employed five Turbosound THL-811.3 speakers in an exploded cluster. To cover the upper area of the balcony, which seats about 75, Stenson selected two TCS-40 passive, full-range, two-way speakers. As under balcony fills, Stenson specified three TCS-30s.
For the Village Baptist project, All Pro held up the Fort Walton project as an example of what could be done using Turbosound to correct a serious coverage problem. “They lived with the system they were contractually bound to install in their new building for a year, knowing that it wouldn’t perform,” Stenson said. “We sent them over to the Fort Walton church to look at that solution, and we were able to convince them that the only way to solve it was to bring speakers out into the open.”
Tucked behind grill cloth in the ceiling, the original speakers were even less capable of providing coverage than those in the First Baptist Church. The reason: the space had serious acoustical problems that further hampered the ability of the speakers to do their job.
Tackling both the acoustical and the audio system problems at the same time, All Pro installed acoustical panels and specified Turbosound TQ-440s as the components of a main exploded cluster.
A half-dozen three-way, bi-amped, full-range speakers were mounted in a cluster about 26 feet above the front of the platform to cover six seating areas on the main floor. In addition, Stenson installed three TQ-425 front-loaded, vented subwoofers. As in the Fort Walton job, Stenson selected TCS-40s for the balcony fill areas.
“The new system works well and they’re tremendously happy with it,” he said. “This combination proved to be exactly what the owners were hoping for–clean, clear intelligible sound throughout the seating areas.”