First U.S. Nexo STM Church Install

Overlake Christian Church (OCC) in Redmond WA recently replaced the original PA in its 20-year-old, 5,000-seat sanctuary with a new Nexo STM line array system—the first to be installed in a house of worship in the U.S. System design and installation was tackled by Morgan Sound (Lynnwood, WA) following a comprehensive study of the acoustical space and available rigging points.
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Redmond WA (October 5, 2015)—Overlake Christian Church (OCC) in Redmond WA recently replaced the original PA in its 20-year-old, 5,000-seat sanctuary with a new Nexo STM line array system—the first to be installed in a house of worship in the U.S. System design and installation was tackled by Morgan Sound (Lynnwood, WA) following a comprehensive study of the acoustical space and available rigging points.

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The main STM system consists of 10 Nexo M46 mid-high modules coupled with 10 B112 low-frequency modules per cluster in a Left-Right configuration. A trio of Nexo M28 down fill speakers per side are attached under the main arrays. A pair of three-box Nexo Geo S1230 speaker clusters were installed for balcony outfill, and a dozen Nexo S118 subwoofers were flown in the center of the church in cardioid mode to facilitate coverage throughout the whole space. The amplifier complement includes 13 Nexo NXAMP 4x4 and two each NXAMP 4x1 amplifiers for a total of 212,800 watts of power. All the amplifiers are connected via Dante.

“The Nexo STM really sounds extraordinary,” said Stephen Weeks, A/V Consultant, Morgan Sound, Inc. eks. “It is very linear in the vertical and horizontal planes, and this translates to an excellent experience, no matter where you are in the room. I would especially highlight the high frequency detail; even 125 feet away, you can hear every nuance. The new rigging system is very intuitive and made the speaker hang and angle adjustment very easy.”

Morgan Sound also installed a Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio console at front of house and a second on stage in the monitor position. Two Rio3224-D input/output boxes are used as the snake system. With Dante networking, the CLs are routinely used for multi-track recording and virtual sound check. Dante also connects to a DM1000 with a Dante MY card in the broadcast booth for additional recording capability.

A Yamaha DME64 Digital Mix Engine was installed to provide signal distribution and EQ. “OCC is heavily invested in Yamaha products,” notes Weeks. The previous sanctuary console was the venerable PM1D. They also have an assortment of LS9 and M7CL Digital Audio Consoles within other areas of the church.

Morgan Sound
www.morgansound.com

Overlake Christian Church
www.occ.org

NEXO and Yamaha
www.yamahaca.com