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Yamaha MTX3 solves division dilemma at Reading church

A Yamaha MTX32 matrix processor has enabled a church in Reading to use two separate spaces for its services.

Built in 1920, the former cinema and snooker hall was converted into Lifespring Church in 2013, with a close layout to the original.

The downstairs auditorium was used as the main space for three years, but in 2016 the church added an extension on the balcony to provide extra capacity and to have the option of using two separate spaces, or one big one. This raised the issue of how to manage the sound reinforcement.

Reading-based SFL Group had provided Lifespring’s audio system in 2013, adding further equipment to the balcony area in 2016. As part of this, SFL was asked to solve the problem of splitting or combining the sound reinforcement, according to how the updated venue was being used.

“A full width drape wall can be pulled across the front of the balcony to separate the two spaces,” said SFL project engineer Pat Smith. “Lifespring needed a means of distributing audio throughout the twin systems that enabled easy switching between split and combined venue configurations.”

Now, all audio signals are routed through the Yamaha MTX3. When the space is divided, each ‘half’ of the audio system operates independently, including the feeds from separate mixing consoles and other sources. In the combined configuration, the main auditorium console mixes the full system.

In combined mode, the MTX3 also handles additional level management and delays for the extension area, aligning and balancing the two halves of the audio system.

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