Renovation at Calvary Fellowship Church, Dowingtown, PA due to weather conditions has resulted in a change of the physical design of the space.
Pastor Lee explained: “Money was an issue but we all felt we still needed to offer our congregation the best possible worship experience, especially the level of quality of the audio production that delivers our sermons”.
Professional sound reinforcement support company Clair Brothers were faced with a range of challenges to deliver a full-frequency PA sound system for the church.
Josh Said, Chief Design Engineer at Clair Brothers said: “Our toughest challenge was figuring out how to overcome the washed up sound common in many churches, where the audio waves underneath the low balcony ceiling get lost, it’s not enjoyable for the people sitting in those seats.”
The Clair Brothers team decided the best equipment to meet the challenge was to install three of its signature i218s per side as the main PA, which would act as the left/right PA and transmit the low-end sound of a subwoofer. Two kiTCurve12 cabinets were installed at the centre cluster, performing as front fills to attain the most effective vocal imaging in the front
The system only consists of i218s and kiTCurve12s. Rob Barr, Production Coordinator at Calvary Fellowship explained: “This new arrangement works on every level. It covers the entire space with full-frequency range. Another great benefit is that this speaker system is designed to grow as our church grows.”
Pastor Lee added: “We knew Clair Brothers could pull it off, and they did. If there’s a silver lining to the catastrophic roof collapse it’s that our church is now better than ever, and what Clair Brothers achieved is spectacular. Other churches would be wise to give them a call when the time comes for a new PA system.”
Clair Brothers have figured out that depending on the number of speaker components per foot of height, they can achieve much higher power densities and much cleaner acoustical solutions because all of the sounds is coming from one source. Within the parameters of new church designs, where the path of sound, depending on where you’re sitting, reaches different parts of the space at different times because of distance. The result is a much more coherent sound.