Great Falls, MT (December 1, 2011)—Harvest Springs Community Church in Great Falls, MT recently moved into a new building and had a new audio system installed based around Mackie HAD loudspeakers.
Rod Chaon of Rod’s Music & Sound, a local supplier of audio equipment and musical instruments, completed the primary design work for HSCC’s new system. Chaon recommended a ceiling-mounted cluster of three Mackie HDA High Definition Arrayable Powered Loudspeakers with two Mackie sub-woofers directly below the cluster.
“Rod walked through the facility and recommended the Mackie high definition arrays,” explains Pastor Engel. “He worked directly with Mackie, using EAW Resolution software to determine where and how high the arrays needed to be mounted and how many speakers were needed to get superior room coverage.”
Audio engineer Matt Johnson of Fourth Avenue Studios, also in Great Falls, consulted with Chaon and Pastor Engel on the final system design. According to Johnson, musicality and speech intelligibility were both crucial aspects of the selection process.
“The need for both focused vocal intelligibility and full-range musical performance meant we had to consider a system that was versatile enough to handle both tasks,” he explains. “In addition, aesthetics was also a concern. They had spent a considerable amount of time and money on an extensive remodeling of the sanctuary, and wanted a system that would work well with the new décor.”
With the audio installation completed and acoustical treatment added to the walls, the improved sound quality of the new Mackie HDA system has been very noticeable to most everyone in the congregation. According to Pastor Engel, “The Mackie HDAs puts out a vocal quality that is comparable to anything I’ve heard in a live setting. We’re extremely impressed with the results.”