ACIR Settles Seaside Church’s Sound

Based in a popular seaside destination, St. Thomas The Apostle Church gets triple its usual 1,000 worshipers every week during the summer. To help bring masses to the masses, it constructed an overflow event center and turned to ACIR Professional to handle audio and video requirements, as well as renovate the main sanctuary to accommodate more of the congregation.
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Brigantine, NJ (May 24, 2012)—Based in a popular seaside destination, St. Thomas The Apostle Church gets triple its usual 1,000 worshipers every week during the summer. To help bring masses to the masses, it constructed an overflow event center and turned to ACIR Professional to handle audio and video requirements, as well as renovate the main sanctuary to accommodate more of the congregation.

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Phase One of the enhancement to St. Thomas The Apostle Church included the installation of a 5.1 audio system for playback of media for non-service affairs, as well as a portable audio and video system to handle church services for overflow, and other events such as weddings, meetings, etc. ACIR installed a Yamaha MG series mixer, Eiki Projector, JBL ceiling and wall speakers, JBL portable PRX12M and PRX18 speakers, and Sennheiser wireless microphones. “The church budget was influential in the requirement criteria,” said Bobby Harper, V.P. of Sales, ACIR Professional.. “The combination of equipment used fulfilled the budget requirements as well as the quality and portability requirements.”

Phase Two was to renovate the existing sanctuary. The interior of the church was modified slightly with the addition of Naves on the altar left and right. The entire floor was converted from carpet to marble, so a distributed speaker system from Community Professional was used. This system is also driven by a Yamaha MG series mixer and includes a Community DSpec processor, all powered by Yamaha P series amplifiers. “Sennheiser wireless microphones were chosen for their clarity,” adds Harper, “and Shure MX series boundary mics are utilized on the altar, pulpit, and choir area.”

While Phase Two was taking place, the sanctuary was moved to the overflow event center. Because audio I/O panels were placed throughout the room, the church was able to setup a portable sanctuary and perform services as needed, while waiting for the renovation of the main sanctuary to take place. Once the main sanctuary was complete, the services were moved back to the church, with feeds continually sent to the overflow event center.

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