Using the Bible as the foundation and final authority for all issues around a life of faith, Christ the King Vineyard Church offers its congregation numerous opportunities to journey closer with Jesus. The church recently completed an extensive renovation and, as part of this, upgraded its sound reinforcement capabilities. To ensure the best possible coverage throughout the space, the decision was made to deploy the combination of a WorxAudio X5i-P powered all-in-one compact line array, an X118i-P powered subwoofer, and WorxAudio Wave Series W-12Ai powered high efficiency loudspeakers. And to complete the system, the existing digital console was replaced with the PreSonus StudioLive 32 Series III console and two PreSonus EarMix 16M personal monitor mixers.
Breeze Stage and Studio LLC of Jensen Beach, FL, an AV design / build firm owned and operated by Jennifer Breeze Timmerman, was contracted to design and deploy the new SR system at Christ the King Vineyard Church. After consultation with church leadership, Jennifer decided to deploy a combination of line array and point source loudspeakers to fill this uniquely-shaped sanctuary. She discussed the project:
“The sanctuary at Christ the King Vineyard Church is very unique,” Jennifer reported, “because it’s a triangle-shaped hall, with each of the three sides of the room measuring approximately 110 feet. The stage spans the majority of one of those three walls and faces the rear corner of the room at a distance of 95 feet. Seating is moveable, with a capacity for approximately 400 worshippers.”
“Services are contemporary in nature,” Jennifer added, “and music plays a very important role in their services. There is a full worship band with drums, multiple guitars, keyboards, bass, and percussion, along with a vocal team. Whereas the original sound system was inadequate for the space, it was crucial that the new system delivers a high level of speech intelligibility and first-rate music reproduction characteristics. This ultimately led us to select the PreSonus WorxAudio product line.”
According to Jennifer, she and her team flew a WorxAudio X5i-P powered all-in-one compact line array, which is attached underneath a single WorxAudio X118i-P powered subwoofer. This combination of loudspeakers is positioned over the front centre area of the stage. For sidefill, there are two suspended WorxAudio Wave Series W-12Ai powered high efficiency point source loudspeakers—one each for the left and right. Working with the centre cluster, these loudspeakers are positioned to provide even coverage to the entire room.
While most of the people on stage during services are outfitted with wireless in-ear monitoring systems, two members of the praise band—the drummer and percussionist—are now each using a PreSonus EarMix 16M 16 x 2 AVB-networked personal monitor mixer. “These new monitor mixers are ideal for those two musicians,” Jennifer reported, “as they provide greater ability to fine-tune what’s important to them while also ensuring plenty of level for their headphones. When wireless IEM isn’t a necessity, the EarMix is an affordable and powerful alternative.”
When asked about those features and attributes that made the PreSonus WorxAudio loudspeakers the ideal choice for this particular project, Jennifer offered the following remarks. “With the old SR system, members of the congregation had been complaining about poor coverage and lack of intelligibility, so the ability to provide even coverage throughout the room was crucial. As the WorxAudio X5i-P has an unusually broad 160-degree horizontal dispersion pattern, this single loudspeaker system was able to cover most of the room’s approximately 180-degree span. By adding the WorxAudio Wave
Series W-12Ai powered loudspeakers for the sides, we were able to comfortably cover the extreme sides of the room—knowing these two loudspeakers would carry the same great sound as the centre cluster. This combination provided the even coverage that was sorely needed while providing great intelligibility and very natural sounding music reproduction. Further, the single WorxAudio X118i-P subwoofer packs plenty of punch and does a great job of filling in the bottom end of the frequency spectrum.”
With many projects of this nature, questions arise, so capable and responsive technical and customer support services are crucial. In this regard, Jennifer was equally enthusiastic about her experience with PreSonus’ Commercial Division. “The PreSonus team is unsurpassed,” she said. “They supported every detail of the project from start to finish. For a small company like Breeze, PreSonus’ commercial team serves as though it’s an extension of our staff.”
The Christ the King Vineyard Church project was initiated and completed in August 2018 and, since that time, the new SR system has performed exceptionally well. “Everyone at the church is very pleased,” Jennifer reported. “The coverage is even and the sound is amazing. No matter where one happens to be seated, the entire congregation can understand the presenters when they speak, which wasn’t the case prior to installation. And the new StudioLive console has given the church more flexibility, with an easier interface, which means their volunteers can maximise their performance as sound engineers! With all these improvements combined, the music sounds better than ever!”