Coeur D’Alene, ID (August 25, 2014)—The Coeur d’Alene Church of the Nazarene recently upgraded its sound system with the help of Spokane, Washington’s Hoffman Pro Systems and Harman Professional, who provided a variety of Soundcraft, JBL, Crown, dbx and AKG products for the installation.
“The sanctuary literally had two wall-mounted speaker boxes to provide coverage to the entire main floor, balcony, underbalcony and the church’s extended side wings,” said Hoffman Pro Systems general manager Dave Kenagy. “To say it was insufficient for the church’s current needs, which include providing sound for a full praise band, would be an understatement.”
Not so for the current system, specified by designer/installer David Lewis which features a Soundcraft Si Expression 3 digital console, Crown XTi 2 Series amplifiers, JBL VRX Series and additional loudspeakers, dbx PMC16 Personal Monitor Controllers and AKG K240 MKII headphones.
The Soundcraft Si Expression 3 has a MADI card installed and provides 32 inputs from the floor as well as local inputs at front of house for playback from various audio sources. A Soundcraft Stagebox is located at the front of the pulpit/stage area, linked to the console via a Harman BLU-Link card. Two dbx PMC16 Personal Monitor Controllers connected to the front of house via Cat 6 cable enable the drummer and guitar/bass player to control and balance their own individual monitor levels, which Kenagy notes helps to keep the overall stage volume lower and easier to mix.
The Si Expression 3 handles the front of house and all monitor mixes. “The church volunteer staff had to make the move from its old analog console to digital,” noted Kenagy. “Although they’re not audio professionals, the board’s straightforward control layout and ability to store and recall snapshots made it easy for them.”
A trio of JBL VRX 932LA-1 Constant Curvature loudspeakers and two VRX918S subwoofers are hung as the main center cluster, while two VRX928LA loudspeakers are used for balcony fill, and three AC18/26 loudspeakers are employed for under-balcony fill. A pair of AC18/95 loudspeakers are used for front sidefill where the seating wraps around the front corners of the stage. In addition, an AC26 compact loudspeaker is mounted on stage and aimed back at the choir area. The loudspeakers are powered by a total of five Crown XTi 6002, XTi 4002 and XTi 1002 amplifiers.