Q-SYS Brings Audio to Life at Ely Cathedral via Shure UK Installation

The Shure UK Systems Group provided RG Jones with product and technical support for upgrades to the audio infrastructure at the historic Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire including a QSC Q-Sys audio network installation.

Shure Systems Group’s Q-Sys experts collaborated with RG Jones Project Engineer Jake Miller in the development of the bespoke Q-Sys infrastructure. Combining a Core 250i, I/O frame and QSC ISA300Ti amplifiers, the Cathedral’s Q-Sys system is separated into 10 zones to address the requirements of the various and diverse worship services, ceremonial events and meetings held daily throughout the 167-metre long cathedral.

Q-LAN — the audio-over IP audio networking component of Q-Sys — is used to combine the elements that handle the audio andvcontrol the system separately over a straightforward Layer 3 network utilising standard network.

In addition to providing the Cathedral with flexible audio networking, the Q-Sys upgrades have significantly enhanced the performance of the audio infrastructure, bringing the sound in the Cathedral to life and eliminating excess noise to such an extent that the client has described it as extremely clean. Q-Sys is now providing full control of the original audio system, which was installed by RG Jones over 25 years ago.

RG Jones designed a custom-built User Control Interface to control Q-Sys; a touchscreen featuring a graphical representation of the Cathedral providing simple fingertip control and audio pre-sets for each zone. The Cathedral’s staff can turn zones on and off and activate presets quickly and intuitively without any technical knowledge of the system.

Jake Miller worked with Shure Applications Engineer Tom Colman to address the finer details of the installation. Jake provided the following comments: “I have worked with Tom and Shure several times in the past and they have always provided great support. I can ring them anytime with a complicated request or requirement and they are always more than happy to help.”

Ely Cathedral Technical Manager Richard Clover also gave his comments about the mass benefits of the installation: “To the non-technical person, Q- Sys is both informative and very easy to use. It provides us with complete control of all microphones and speaker zones in the Cathedral and we are already planning the next phase of the installation, which will allow us to record directly within the system and play pre-recorded visitor messages over the PA system at set times throughout the day – I can’t recommend it enough. I love the design element of Q-Sys because it allowed me to upload an image of the Cathedral and program Q-Sys, so that the members of the church can simply touch and augment the audio in any area. Jake Miller says. It is always impressive to provide the customer with a bespoke system that does exactly what they want.”