Whitinsville, MA (August 23, 2012)—Ford Audio-Video Systems (Ford AV) recently installed EAW QX Series, AX Series and UB Series loudspeakers at the new J.W. “Jack” MacGorman Chapel on the campus of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) in Fort Worth, TX.
The new 106,000-sq. foot chapel houses musical performances and is used as a training venue for expository preaching.
“The seminary’s top priority was speech reinforcement,” says Acoustic Dimensions’ senior consultant, Casey Sherred. Ford AV worked closely with Acoustic Dimensions during the project. “The EAW QX speakers allowed us to design a speaker cluster that delivered natural speech reinforcement with great pattern control.”
The EAW systems, configured in a central cluster with delays, under-balcony/front fills and choir monitors, provide voice and music reinforcement in the 3,500-seat auditorium. Additional EAW systems are installed in the chapel building’s choir and orchestra rehearsal rooms.
The new chapel features two 24x13-foot rear-projection screens, fully equipped high-definition video production and audio production suites, music and theatrical production rehearsal rooms that can accommodate over 200 people, and other facilities, said Ford AV project manager Jon Pidgeon.
The EAW speakers supplement the chapel’s main left-right arrays. “We have a total of five QX units hanging in one cluster, covered with a fabric orb,” says Pidgeon. “There are two QX side fills and five upper balcony delays that are also QX speakers. The center QX cluster is being used for vocal reinforcement only, but they have the option in the DSP to also use it for live performances.” The full range, three-way model QX564 and QX596 speakers respectively provide coverage over a 60-degree by 45-degree and 90-degree by 60-degree dispersion pattern.
Andrew Welker, Ford AV’s engineer on the project, adds, “We’ve also installed some two-way, full range UB52 speakers for the under balcony and for front fill. We have four AX Series units for choir monitors and there are two rehearsal rooms that have other AX speakers in them. We’re using UX8800 DSP units in conjunction with another processor.”