Philadelphia, PA (November 20, 2015)—Monte Brothers Sound Systems (Ardsley, NY) recently renovated the audio system inside The National Shrine of St. John Neumann, located in the lower church of St. Peter the Apostle Church in Philadelphia. The upgrade was part of preparations for the World Meeting of Families events at the church, held during the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September. Key to the effort was the addition of new microphones, both wired and RF, from Audio-Technica.
The facility uses a selection of Engineered Sound microphones, including ES915ML MicroLine condenser gooseneck mics, ES961 cardioid condenser boundary mics, ES935ML cardioid condenser gooseneck mics, and a 3000 Series UHF wireless system. “These A-T microphones will be used for all aspects of the liturgy, from the pulpit to the lectern, the organist, the choir and soloists,” said Steve Minozzi, co-director of Monte Brothers.
Minozzi has plenty of experience working with house of worship sound, owing to working with the late John Cardinal O’Connor, archbishop of the Diocese of New York in the late 20th century. In the 1980s, Minozzi collaborated with the late Ken Reichel, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of Audio-Technica at the time, to develop the ML capsule. “The ML had a very tight polar pattern that was incredibly useful in reverberant environments like churches, because it rejected ambient sound and had no proximity effect,” Minozzi explains. “It’s the best house-of-worship microphone element in the world, and if it could meet Cardinal O’Connor’s expectations, it can meet anyone’s.”