Los Angeles, CA (March 28, 2017)—The First Baptist Church of Los Angeles is 90 years old, and reflects the time when it was built, sporting 60-foot ceilings within the echoing space. Today, it’s used by multiple congregations and also is often rented for TV and movie shoots as well. Recently, CCI Solutions updated the facility’s audio system to better accommodate all those entities, using Kiva and X Series enclosures from L-Acoustics.
CCI Solutions’ Duke DeJong recalled, ”When we took on the job, there were multiple sound systems cobbled together to cover the range of uses. The goal was to have one good, clean system that could handle anything they threw at it. And given the movie and TV uses, it had to be low profile. L-Acoustics’ Kiva fit the bill perfectly.”
The system is centered on a single center-hung, seven-enclosure Kiva array supplemented by two flown SB15 and SB28 subs on the floor, plus X8 coaxial enclosures filling in a couple of areas that the main array doesn’t effectively reach.
At first, the system’s diminutive size looked like it might prove to be an issue with some of the audiences. “The home congregation was fine, but the others were more skeptical when they saw the size of the array,” Gathany recalls. “But you could actually see the attitude change as they began to push the system. They kept asking our people if they could turn it up more until they got it to a point where they said they didn’t want to go any louder for their services. When they were assured that they still had plenty of headroom and the system was not being pushed, they were as sold as we are on Kiva.”
First Baptist Church of Los Angeles