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Yamaha tech bring 250-year-old German church up to date

The installation was carried out by Klartext AV

A 250-year-old Protestant church in southern Germany, called Stadtkirche Aalen, has had a Yamaha audio system installed by Klartext AV.

Stadtkirche Aalen is built on the site of an earlier church whose tower collapsed in 1765 and is considered unusual for being a Protestant church with a Baroque interior and ceiling frescoes.

The system is based around an MRX7-D open architecture signal processor and XMV4140 four-channel power amplifier. Inputs to the system are from four gooseneck microphones (two on the pulpit), four wireless microphones (two handheld and two headset), with outputs to four loudspeakers and an induction loop system.

With up to eight microphones being mixed at once, the MRX7-D’s onboard Dan Dugan automated mixing was essential to the installation.

Klartext’s Markus Hein said: “The pulpit is located halfway down one of the ‘long’ sides of the church and the Dan Dugan automixing means that the pastor can face any part of the congregation, or speak from anywhere in the church, and the intelligibility is always excellent.”

For more refined control, a wall-mounted DCP4V4S control panel and iPad running ProVisionaire Touch feature on/off and volume controls for the pulpit and altar microphones, the induction loop and overall level of the four wireless microphones.

Hein said: ‘The sound quality is extremely natural and, for the first time in two and a half centuries, the entire congregation can hear the pastor perfectly.”