St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church is equipped with a thoroughly modern Renkus-Heinz IC Live Gen5 digitally steered array loudspeaker system designed and installed by DK Audio Video of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
DK Audio Video CEO Lucas Lafferty explained: “When we first started working with St. Gregory, I arranged a demonstration to show them the differences between loudspeaker systems.
“They were looking for a different approach, a system that looked great and sounded great. Renkus-Heinz ICONYX was what they really needed. Some churches go through two or three systems before they find the right one but I was able to show them that ICONYX was the right system from the start.”
Many traditional-style churches choose the Renkus-Heinz ICONYX Gen5 series but St. Gregory opted for the higher-power IC Live Gen5, which is especially popular in churches with more contemporary programming.
Lucas added: “I gave them a side-by-side comparison between the ICONYX Gen5 IC16-RN and the IC Live ICL-F-DUAL-RN, and they chose the IC Live, it has worked out well. We installed a pair of ICL-F-DUAL-RN arrays, left and right, with Renkus-Heinz CFX18S subwoofers for low-end support, and the sound is excellent.”
The biggest things the church wanted were ease of use and feedback control. Lucas said: “Coverage was very important as well, because the sanctuary is very large, with a capacity of about 750.
“The ICL-F-DUAL-RN can deliver up to eight steerable beams, with definable opening angles and aiming, so we could precisely aim the sound at the congregation and minimise reflections off the hard surfaces. IC Live arrays have wide horizontal dispersion and combined with beam-steering, we could cover the entire room evenly.”
A Mackie DL32R rack-mount digital mixer handles audio mixing and routing. The mixer is wirelessly controlled with an iPad so there’s no need for a mixing station. Lafferty’s team programmed the DL32R to be easy for volunteers to use, providing a few necessary controls, such as level faders, and locking out features that require more expertise. All speaker processing is handled with the loudspeakers’ onboard DSP.
Lucas concluded: “The church is still brand new but so far the congregation is very happy with their Renkus-Heinz sound system, ICONYX is a great product; we’ve loved it for a long time, and we were convinced it was the way to go for St. Gregory. But we gave them choices, and the results prove they made the right one.”