Hairel Enterprises Revamp Sound System at First Baptist Church, Canyon Lake, TX

Forty miles north of San Antonio on the shores of the lake for which it’s named, lies the town of Canyon Lake, Texas. Long a fixture in this community, First Baptist Church recently celebrated the unveiling of their newly revamped sound system.

As the church’s style of worship has evolved over the years, becoming progressively more contemporary, it became clear that the existing vocal reinforcement system could no longer deliver the performance they now require. The church approached systems integrator Hairel Enterprises to discuss their options.

Bruce Simmons, Senior Systems Designer at Hairel explained further: “The existing sound system was more than 15 years old, and although it covered the room adequately, they were really in need of a more powerful modern system designed for full-range music reproduction. The sanctuary is a relatively long and narrow space, and their need for a high quality, well-controlled system that would also keep us within budget made the selection of Fulcrum loudspeakers and Linea Research amplifiers a logical choice.”

For the main centre and delay loudspeakers Bruce chose Fulcrum CX1226 12-inch coaxial enclosures, adding another for choir monitor and a SUB218 double 18-inch subwoofer for low frequency support. Power was provided by a single Linea Research 44M10 four channel amplifier complete with a Dante input module.

This system maximises the budget of the church and that was key according to Bruce who also commented the following: “We selected the Linea Research amplifier because of its built-in networked DSP to provide our system processing. With the addition of a Dante input module and a Dante equipped mixing console we were able to keep equipment and cabling to a minimum, reducing both hardware and installation costs. Programming the amp via their software application was quick and simple, and the sound quality is outstanding.”

First Baptist’s Youth and Missions Pastor, Brian Gunter, remarked the following: “We couldn’t be happier with the results. Hairel Enterprises did a great job of bringing in the right system for our needs, and their service and support has been excellent.”