Reno, NV (October 2, 2012)—A new 500-seat worship center at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Reno, NV, built to help the church accommodate its growing congregation, has had a pair of Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC Live digitally steered line arrays installed.
"The architect who designed the space has done a number of traditional sanctuaries, and really did a fantastic job," said Scott Schmidt of Reno-based JC Productions. "Most of the walls are not parallel, and there's a sloped ceiling that's about 60 feet at its highest point. The wall behind the choir is angled about five degrees, which really helps with reflectivity."
While the room's acoustics serve to enhance the sound, add amplified music and congregational singing to the mix and things can become problematic. "The band is using all amplified instruments, running through the PA, and they're all using in-ear monitors, so that does help keep the sound under control somewhat," says Schmidt "They're using electronic drums, and there are no amplifiers onstage. But it's still a pretty live space, and they needed a sound system that could steer the acoustical energy away from the walls and into the seating area."
Schmidt opted for a pair of IC Live ICL-FR columns, mounted on either side of the proscenium. An IC215S-FR subwoofer under the stage lip covers low-frequency reinforcement. "We needed a very versatile system, and the IC Live fit the bill," he explains. "Spoken word intelligibility is always the priority, but the system had to provide the full-range musicality needed for a live band as well."