New Albany, IN (February 5, 2013)—When installing a new sound system in the 700-seat sanctuary of the Church of Greater Faith in New Albany, Jason Ryder, General Manager of Lake Charles, LA-based Porche Advance Systems had to find a way to best accommodate the sanctuary’s metal A-frame structure.
“Their original system was poorly designed and underpowered to begin with, and they spent the next 11 years trying to fix it,” says Ryder. “The end result was a patchwork of mis-wired, out-of-phase components, and a room with dead spots and really poor, uneven coverage everywhere.”
To solve this, the company chose to install a Renkus-Heinz Varia system. It comprises left and right arrays, each with three Varia cabinets. “The top box has a 90 by 7 degree horn pattern, the middle cabinet has the transitional horn that goes from 90 to 120 degrees wide by 15 degrees vertical, and the bottom unit covers 22 degrees vertical by 120 degrees wide,” said Porche Advance Systems owner Jacob Porche. “That tapered approach enabled us to cover the entire space without resorting to EQ and processing, and to achieve a remarkably flat response from left to right. There is not a single dead spot in the entire sanctuary now.”
Porche said the church had planned to replace the entire sound system, but were reluctant because they wanted to move to a larger location to accommodate the church’s growing congregation.
“With Varia, we were able to design an expandable, flexible system that would work for them now, and become part of their new system later. When they build the new sanctuary, these three cabinets will become the bottom three cabinets in a larger, eight-cabinet array. The fact that this was an investment that could grow with them was a huge plus.”