Lake Wales, FL (November 6, 2017)—The First United Methodist Church of Lake Wales recently upgraded the audio system in its near-70 year old building with a new Renkus-Heinz PA designed and installed by Lakeland, FL AV systems integrator MABE.
The First Unified Methodist Church’s sanctuary seats 300 to 400 in a cathedral-style space, with columns and an arched ceiling that rises to about 25 feet. “The space isn’t bad acoustically,” said lead engineer Richard Vaughan. “The ceiling was not a problem. The major challenge is a 14-foot-high, flat back wall in front of the balcony that runs the entire width of the rear of the sanctuary. We put parabolic diffusor panels on the back wall, and the rear sides of the diffusors have absorptive properties, so they’re both absorbing and diffusing. The sound booth is in the balcony, which also has a flat wall in the back.”
MABE installed a pair of Renkus-Heinz IC16-RN digitally steerable line arrays on either side of the altar, but because of an ornate piece on the columns where they were mounted, the boxes are unusually low—the bottoms are less than five feet off the ground. “The only way we could make this work was with Renkus-Heinz steerable column arrays, which let us raise the acoustic center of the beams high enough to shoot over the top of the front row and cover all the way to the back of the room, without blowing out the front row,” said Vaughn. A pair of Renkus-Heinz CF12S-5R self-powered, high-performance subwoofers sit on the ground below the IC16-RN arrays.
The balcony is covered by a pair of Renkus-Heinz TRX62H two-way Complex Conic point-source speakers for the balcony fills, and two Renkus-Heinz TRX81 point-source speakers are now used stage monitors for the choir. Also, an adjacent sanctuary is covered by a pair of Renkus-Heinz TRX82s. A QSC Q-SYS Core 110f DSP distributes the audio signals but all speaker processing is done with Renkus-Heinz RHAON II software. MABE also provided a system for the hearing impaired, wireless microphones, and a Yamaha digital console.