Toronto, Canada (April 24, 2017)—In “Eleanor Rigby,” Paul McCartney sang of “Father McKenzie, writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear.” Now a real-life Father McKenzie has had a Bose RoomMatch loudspeaker system installed at Toronto-based Faith Sanctuary, ensuring everyone at a service can hear him.
Senior Pastor Granville McKenzie found that the sanctuary’s hard, reflective surfaces and aging audio system made it difficult for parishioners to hear him, the choir or the seven-piece band that plays during services. Toronto-based AV systems integrator Westbury National arranged for Jason Reynolds, owner of Anjel Music Productions and the church’s Technical Director, to listen to a RoomMatch installation at a Las Vegas show in a space with similar acoustical challenges.
“I needed to hear RoomMatch in action, with a live band playing through it, not prerecorded tracks,” said Reynolds. “It was a proof of concept for us, and RoomMatch did exactly what it said it would do: The clarity was there, even at high SPL.”
The result was that Westbury National installed a Bose system consisting of three hangs of four RoomMatch enclosures each, with four RoomMatch RMS215 subwoofers flown above the center array. Three more RMS218 subs are mounted underneath the stage; six more RoomMatch enclosures provide under-balcony coverage, and two more are used as choir fills. Nine networked PowerMatch PM8500N amplifiers power the entire system.
“We are extremely happy with how the sound has turned out,” said McKenzie. “Every word is completely intelligible, and the music is clear and powerful.”