Abu Dhabi, UAE (December 18, 2017)—Many houses of worship are highly reverberant spaces, and St. Paul’s Church in Abu Dhabi is no exception. The large circular hall has marble floors, curved walls, wooden pews and numerous acoustical issues as a result. Having gone through 15 different sound systems over the years as a result, the HOW now has a Renkus-Heinz system as a result of outreach from the church’s congregation itself.
“It was one of the parishioners that got in touch with us,” said Laurane Zeta Johnson, manager of business and operations at Crownstar Technology. “They asked if we could give some advice and possibly rectify the issue.” Soon, the church outlined its needs—music had to be loud but the interior design aesthetics could not be compromised by acoustic treatments.
Faced with the conundrum of how best to approach the facility’s issues, Crownstar Technology’s managing director Sabu John visited the State Mosque of Qatar in Al Khuwair after being told that worship facility had had similar problems. The Mosque had ultimately installed a Renkus-Heinz ICONYX system, so John began researching Renkus-Heinz’s products.
Crownstar installed a main PA comprising two Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC24-16-RN digitally steerable line array loudspeakers, mounted left and right of the proscenium, using its beamsteering technology to cover the congregation. A pair of CF81-2R two-way active loudspeakers are located in front of each of the two pulpits, serving as front fills. The choir, situated at left in front, is served by a pair of CF121M-2 two-way monitors, with an additional unit for the priests.
“It is a beautiful and quality sound system and it reaches all of the people,” enthuses Father Ani Xavier. “We are thankful to Crownstar for their wonderful service and a good job.”