XLmediaworks’ Jerry Temple (left) and David Seaford (right), with Don Kendrick (center) of Central Church.
Charlotte, NC (May 28, 2015)—Central Church in Charlotte, NC recently upgraded the audio system in its fan-shaped sanctuary, bringing in XLmediaworks to create and install the equipment. Ultimately the room wound up with a d&b audiotechnik V-Series loudspeaker system.
James Brawley of James Brawley and Associates and Jerry Temple, founder of XLmediaworks Inc, designed the system installation. “We plotted the sanctuary in d&b’s prediction tool ArrayCalc and determined flown L/R arrays of V-Tops, with flown V-Subs, and J-Infras to each side,” explained Temple. “Modeling the sound dispersion of the V-Series to the room was relatively straightforward. The Infras were another matter. The point is Central Church has a tremendous band and some great singers, and there is a powerful tradition for strong worship music here: so including the Infras was essential.”
Brawley’s design went further, adding T10 cabinets for front fill. “This is a much weightier cabinet in terms of performance potential for a front fill,” explained Temple. “But because of the significance of that great music tradition at Central Church, Don [Kendrick, Director of Media Services for the church] wanted something more potent. Yet the T10 is barely larger than a more typical front fill. Although we had loudspeakers at three different distances from stage point zero, setting up the system with delay and EQ was a breeze; exporting all the settings direct from the prediction software straight into the d&b D80/D12 amplifiers as soon as we had power to them. That’s one good reason why we were able to conform to Don’s installation window.”
“Jerry makes it sound easy,” said Kendrick. “Truth is, delivery and installation were quite an undertaking. The existing points within our sanctuary were in entirely the wrong place for the V-Series, and I also wanted the Infras and side fills concealed within the proscenium. That’s a great deal to accomplish. Structural work in the roof was essential, and inserting J-Infras into the proscenium was no easy task. Jerry and his guys, in collusion with our engineers at Edifice, had just a two week window when the sanctuary was free, while our congregation celebrated at our outdoor Fall Festival. That was the challenge and what they achieved made me even more impressed. Fitting those Infras took eight hours each, and don’t forget the main fabric of the sanctuary, the ornate carvings, the rich carpeting, all were still in place. Yet here they were working with cherry pickers in the tightest of confines. Frankly my staff were astounded when they saw what was happening, and not a little anxious at times. But we were all really, really happy with the way it turned out. Jim, Jerry and d&b all worked together as a team to accomplish what was needed.”