Newly opened worship center had its sound system design integrated into the architectural planning
Framingham, Massachusetts – Many houses of worship install speaker systems with coverage patterns that do not match the room’s seating areas and put excess energy on the walls. But The Rock Miami church – founded in 1974 in the southwest area of Miami-Dade County, FL – got it right from the start. The church knew that achieving good sound requires including audio system design right from the beginning, during architectural planning and design stages. When the planning began for its new worship center, Pensacola, FL-based consultants Walthall & Associates focused on keeping the sound system as an integral part of the overall design process. To assure that the sound would be excellent, they specified a RoomMatch® loudspeaker system from Bose® Professional.
As installed by AV systems integrator Pro Sound & Video, The Rock Miami’s new sound system for its new 900-seat space consists of two main left-right arrays consisting of two RM12020 modules and an RM9020 module each. Three RM9020 modules are deployed as delay speakers about halfway down the house, left, center and right, near the FOH position. All speakers are powered by six Bose PowerMatch® amplifiers and controlled by Bose ControlSpace® DSP.
“Brother, this system is amazing,” comments Roman Benedit, the Technical Director for the church, who also oversees its three-camera video system and the live-streaming of its Sunday services. “Our worship music covers a wide range, from quiet acoustic guitars to pretty loud rock bands. The RoomMatch system handles all of it well.”
Benedit credits the consultants for keeping the sound system on a par with other considerations during the extended period the new worship facility took to design and build. “We wanted to pay attention to the quality of the sound early on, because good sound in a church is critical for getting the message across,” he explains. But as important was the choice of sound system. “The RoomMatch system is excellent at keeping the sound energy off the walls and on the audience, which provides excellent intelligibility for speech while at the same time keeping the music warm and natural sounding. Churches can make a smart choice by addressing their sound system needs as early in the design process as they can, and they can make a smart decision by choosing Bose RoomMatch loudspeakers for their system.”