Morton, IL (June 19, 2017)—Founded 150 years ago, Morton Apostolic Christian Church in Morton, Illinois recently moved into a modern-day facility, and soon after contracted Ryan M. Winstead of Advanced Audio & Lighting Systems to design and install an audio system. The resulting arrangement includes Powersoft amplifiers supporting Danley and Martin Audio loudspeakers.
The unusual shape of the main sanctuary, which is over 8,000 square feet, presented challenges for Winstead. It features low-slung ceilings on either side with pews underneath, and a taller arched ceiling in the center channel containing more pews as well as the main isle. Winstead specified a Powersoft Duecanali 3904 HD + DSP amplifier powering three Danley SM96 loudspeakers for his primary sound reinforcement. With one suspended from the ceiling in the center at its highest point and the other two just at the edge of the overhangs on either side, Winstead was able to get coverage for the church’s podium-mounted microphone and any of the several wireless microphones that they circulate amongst the crowd during their services.
Meanwhile, 148 Martin 4.8T and 6.8T distributed loudspeakers are installed throughout the facility, so Winstead turned to a pair of Powersoft Ottocanali 4k4 amplifiers with DSP. The Ottocanali amplifiers deliver a combined 16 channels of output divided into eight zones, allowing Winstead to deliver sound to each space, while providing individual level controls in certain rooms.
“It was really helpful to have access to Armonía for individualized tuning in some of these very small spaces,” he explains. “For example, they have some nursing rooms for mothers with speakers in them and they’re very compact, but I was still able to dial in a good sound.”
One of the Ottocanali’s channels also powers a series of speakers in the mezzanine above the sanctuary, which are switched off during services but provide additional intelligibility support for congregational administrative meetings. While worship attendance is distributed throughout numerous services at different time slots, these weeknight meetings are only a single session and are often fully attended. The additional speakers can be activated and deactivated easily by way of a Biamp Tesira SERVER control box located at the tech booth.