Springfield, MO (August 1, 2016)—East Sunshine Christian Church’s 1,500-seat sanctuary recently updated its audio system to aide its vocalists’ trademark four-part harmonies. Key to that effort were Renkus-Heinz ICONYX Gen5 digitally steered array loudspeakers.
As Worship Minister Randy Wray recalls, poor sound and inconsistent coverage had an impact on the congregation before the update: “We rely on people in the congregation being able to hear their part. When it’s muddled and there’s no distinction, it’s very hard to sing and appreciate the four-part harmony.”
The new Renkus-Heinz system was designed and installed by Sensory Integration AV of Springfield, Missouri. “It’s a very wide room, with a 60-foot peak in the middle and a very large rear wall,” Sensory President Darren Smith said. “The previous system really didn’t provide the vocal intelligibility they needed, and coverage was very inconsistent. We’ve actually done multiple demos of different line arrays in this room, and could never really achieve the coverage we needed.”
Wray agrees. “The best way to describe the old system was ‘muffled.’ There was really no intelligibility. It also really mattered where you sat – some people complained they couldn’t hear, and others said it was too loud.”
Sensory Integration’s solution was to create a left-center-right system using a pair of IC Live ICL-FR-N columns to the left and right of the stage and a dual IC2 array with two IC2-FR systems in the center, cut into the top of the proscenium. “The Iconyx beam steering gave us the ability to steer the sound away from the back walls, dramatically reducing reflections and increasing intelligibility. The L-C-R configuration also gave us excellent, consistent coverage – you can sit anywhere in the auditorium and get great sound.”