Oxnard, CA (December 8, 2011)—New Life Community Church of Oxnard, California recently moved into a renovated 50,000-square-foot building, and will fill it with the sound of an L-Acoustics KARAi loudspeaker system.
The heart of New Life’s present facility is its sanctuary, which seats just under 1,000 people, making it one of the city’s largest auditoriums. Arrays of four KARAi enclosures flown above the left and right sides of the wide stage deliver the primary house coverage with a single 12XTi per side to address the extreme left and right seating areas.
A total of four SB18i subwoofers built into the front of the stage provide the room’s low-frequency reinforcement. Each sub position is also equipped with a single 8XTi to bring the sound image down to the stage for the first few rows. All of the L-Acoustics loudspeakers are powered and processed by three LA8 and one LA4 amplified controllers housed in a 42-space rack at stage left.
Collaboratively designed by Rutherford and L-Acoustics’ Dan Palmer, the system’s integration was chiefly coordinated by Rutherford Design field technician Andrew Bacon and David Myers, director of installations for Rat Sound Systems, which also provided the sale of the system. Santa Clarita-based Focus Building Solutions served as the general contractor on the project.
“Although everyone loves music, the single most important element of a worship service is the spoken word,” says Richard Rutherford, vice president of Rutherford Design (Northridge, CA). “When designing a sound system, I jokingly tell pastors that I’m not concerned about the people in the front seats because they’ll be here next week no matter what. My goal is to help the pastor deliver his message in an intimate way to what might normally be viewed as the worst seats in the house – the ones at the back and far sides – because those will usually be where first-time visitors will sit. The pastor has to be able to communicate to them as if they’re sitting on the front row; it has to be an excellent experience for them. The L-Acoustics KARAi system very effectively helps New Life achieve that intimacy.
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New Life Community Church