A Church with a VUE

The First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN recently replaced its aged audio system after a solid 25 years of service. In its place is a new system, designed and installed by Technical Innovation of Nashville, TN.
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Hendersonville, TN (April 15, 2016)—The First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN recently replaced its aged audio system after a solid 25 years of service. In its place is a new system, designed and installed by Technical Innovation of Nashville, TN.

The new system is based around six VUE Audiotechnik V6-i and two V4-i VUE V Series System Engines. Additionally, a newly installed Soundcraft vi3000 Digital Live Sound Console provides both front-of-house and monitor mixes.

All that feeds two loudspeaker arrays on either side of the sanctuary, each consisting of ten al-8 boxes and three al-8SB flyable subwoofers flown in a cardioid configuration, for coverage of the main congregation area in the 2,200-capacity room. A total of eight VUE al-4 subcompact line array boxes were placed on the floor at the lip of the stage, to serve as front fills without interfering with sightlines. A half-dozen VUE a-8 compact speakers are used as monitors.

“We had an old mono center cluster system, and at the time of its installation, it was intended for use with a vocal mic and a piano,” says Ben Swaby, director of Communications and Information Technology at the church. “Since that system was installed, we’ve grown to the point where we have 170 choir members, a 60-person orchestra and our modern praise band every week. We also host a lot of events, such as the Southern Baptist Convention. We needed an audio system that would help us leap forward. The people at VUE and Technical Innovation were the only ones confident enough to say ‘we can do this whole thing by creating a system that produces a stereo image.’ That was one of the biggest selling points right up front, because we wanted that stereo image due to how much fuller and richer it would sound.”

 “If you come in to worship and what you hear is unpleasant to your ears, then you close up as a person,” said Swaby. “We don’t want people shutting down and leaving exhausted because the sound is unpleasant. Many people came to me after the install and said, ‘I can’t recall the last time I remembered a sermon a week later. I don’t know what you have done but it has been great. I am retaining the Word and the gospel.’ As a church, that is what we want to do.”

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