Westminster, MD (January 10, 2012)—McDaniel College in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Maryland recently upgraded the audio system in its Baker Memorial Chapel.
Constructed in 1958, the brick building hosts weekly worship services, campus-sponsored events including seasonal concerts, guest speakers and presentations, baccalaureate and invocation services, as well as frequent weddings and memorial services for alumni and current students.
When the college’s administrators recently decided to replace the existing cluster-style sound system, preserving the church’s aesthetic and architecture was of prime. The chapel’s wood paneled walls, initially designed as acoustical treatment for a massive, now-defunct pipe organ, presented some challenges in this regard.
“Because of the types of events the chapel hosts, voice intelligibility was a key concern,” explains Robert Musser, sales consultant at DSL Sound, Inc., the Maryland-based audio video contractor responsible for designing and installing the chapel’s new sound system. “The plaster and wood surfaces are highly reflective and not very conducive to speech intelligibility, but for aesthetic reasons, we weren’t able to make any acoustical alterations to the space.”
Musser and his team installed a half-dozen Community Entasys ENT-FR loudspeakers, three on each side of the proscenium, supported by two Veris 210S subwoofers, one per side, to cover the main floor area. The entire system is painted white to coordinate with the chapel’s décor. The Veris subwoofers are powered by Crown CDI amps, with a BSS London BLU-100 processor controlling the system. A 16-channel mixing console is also available as needed for musical performances and other applications.
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