Colorado Springs, CO (May 3, 2021)—New Life Church in Colorado Springs recently installed a new Meyer Sound LYON line array reinforcement system in its main worship space, known as The Living Room.
“Over the years, we had learned to work within the limitations of our old system and squeeze good performance out of it,” said technical director Evan Duran, “but with what we’re stepping into now, we don’t have those limits on what we can do…whatever we put into this system, that’s exactly what we hear coming out.”
Built in 2004, The Living Room is a hexagonal structure with a capacity of nearly 8,000 in the round. In the current configuration, with the stage and video screens along one section, maximum occupancy is around 5,000. Each of the five remaining sections is now uniformly covered by a dedicated array of eight LYON line array loudspeakers.
“From the outset, uniform coverage was a primary consideration,” says Duran. “With the old system, you could move 10 feet to one side and hear a different tonal balance. From the moment we fired up the LYON rig, I could walk across a section, from one side to the other, from back to front, and have the exact same experience.”
Each array comprises four LYON-M main loudspeakers on top for the longer throw, with four LYON-W wide coverage models underneath for the closer seating areas. Stage front fills are 10 compact LINA loudspeakers, while 15 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements — flown three per section in cardioid configuration — fill out the deep bass. System drive and optimization is handled by two Galaxy 816 Network Platforms, with monitoring available via the RMS network.
The system was supplied and installed by Second Opinion Audio, a CSD company. Daryl Porter served as lead designer and project manager, with founder Bob Langlois contributing the MAPP 3D system modeling.
New Life Church has a membership of more than 10,000, with eight congregations meeting at multiple locations throughout the Colorado Springs area, and with services held in three languages. The church suspended in-person worship for several months in 2020 during the COVID-19 lockdown, with attendance gradually restored in stages to the current level of approximately 3,000.
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