Winnebago, IL (July 9, 2020)—While it might seem fitting that a church based in Winnebago, IL might move from venue to venue, the day Crossroads Community Church was able to purchase its own building was a thrill for the growing congregation. It meant that the church now had a place to call home, but for its audio team, the new space also meant the church’s portable PA could finally be retired, to be replaced with a permanent system. That system turned out to be a QSC active line array, chosen with the help of events specialists White Train Entertainment.
“The capacity is just under 200 people, so it was a big jump for Crossroads to move to a professionally installed line array as opposed to a couple of mobile loudspeakers,” says Jeremy Rollefson, co-owner of White Train. “As a systems integrator, I’ve been a QSC customer since 2010 and have multiple certifications in live sound and a background as a touring engineer. This helped me view the church as a blank canvas that needed a custom solution instead of a one-size-fits-all approach.”
White Train flew four KLA12 cabinets on either side of the church’s stage, tucked a pair of KS212C active cardioid subwoofers underneath, placed two K8.2 active loudspeakers onstage as monitors and hid two more as front fills.
To arrive at the decision to use a KLA12 line array, Rollefson balanced multiple considerations. “In a house of worship, one of those is aesthetics,” he explains. “A flown line array looks a lot cleaner than multiple loudspeakers on poles or in a stack. Next I thought about coverage and phasing. The low ceiling and lack of acoustical dampening made a line array ideal for covering the entire space without any frequency scoop-outs.”
Turning to bass, Rollefson says, “The church wanted the subwoofers under the stage, again for visual reasons. I had about 20 inches of clearance, and this is where the KS212C came into play. They have a 3,600-watt amp, their frequency response reaches down to 44 Hz, and the dual-12-inch setup is comparable to a good 18-inch sub in terms of output.”
When all was installed and tuned, Crossroads Community Church was beyond pleased with the results. “At the first service I engineered, I received many compliments about how the system exceeded everyone’s expectations and the attendees finally felt at home in their new church,” says Rollefson. “A vast demographic attends Crossroads at Winnebago, and the young people were engaged and excited while the senior folks could hear clearly and were comfortable with the volume.”
White Train Entertainment • www.whitetrainent.com
Crossroads Community Church, Winnebago Campus • https://crossroadscn.com/all-campuses/winnebago-campus
QSC • www.qsc.com