Gulf Breeze, FL (April 4, 2012)—Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, near Pensacola, Florida has installed QSC Audio line arrays, amplifiers and a processor as part of a renovation.
Walthall & Associates, a design-consulting firm located in Pensacola, FL that specializes in acoustics, audio, video and digital technologies, was called in to redesign the system. Founder Chuck Walthall was already familiar with the church, having installed its original sound system over 15 years ago when he was managing a contracting company.
As part of the redesign, Walthall, recommended the removal of the old main system, which over time had undergone modifications that adversely affected its performance. “A single point source was definitely the choice for this room, which is rectangular-shaped with a balcony,” said Walthall. “We went with nine WL2082-i line array elements—four on top for the balcony and five below for the main sanctuary. Now the coverage is great, with maybe 2 dB of variation.”
Michael Evans, vice president of Satsuma, AL-based Alpha Sound & Lighting, the design-build company that installed the system, noted, “We had to stay within a budget. The church had quite a few of the older QSC MX Series amplifiers which were still working, so we left them in place for the monitors. But we replaced the main speaker amps with three PLX2502s and two PLX3102s, and installed an SC28 DSP processor. They were also using some boxes for front fills, which we left in place.”
“We performed a dual FFT tuning, and the ILA system responded with accuracy,” adds Walthall. “The system is compact, it sounds great, the coverage is great and coupled with the controller it does what QSC says it’ll do.” The Sunday after the install, the church used the system for the first time, and Walthall added, “The music minister shot me an email to say it was the best sounding service ever in his tenure there. They’re just loving it.”
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