Working closely on the project with business partner Invisible Audio (an authorized DAS Audio dealer also located in Jacksonville), BDH Technical Systems formulated a new loudspeaker system design that incorporates DAS Event208-AW 3-way powered line array enclosures and with DAS Event218-A sub bass enclosures.
“Taylor Church offers a unique blend of both contemporary and traditional worship,” explains Craig Bruce, a partner at BDH who served as the primary designer on the project. “For the most part, services are contemporary and include the use of a sizeable praise band that is supported by an 8-member vocal team. The sanctuary itself has a good sized stage area facing the congregation, which is accommodated by fixed seating.
“The new sound system setup encompasses three line array clusters for a total of nine DAS Event208-AW loudspeakers, flown in a left-center-right configuration at a height of 14 feet, with each hang comprised of three boxes,” he continues. “For low frequency support, these three clusters are augmented by a pair of DAS Event218-A powered subwoofers, which are positioned on stage at the left and right sides.”
Bruce adds that given the very little height clearance in the room, compact, full-range loudspeakers capable of delivering the necessary SPL was a necessity. “The sanctuary is quite wide, so we realized early on that a center hang would be required. We liked the self-powered nature of the Event208-AW, as there was no space for a separate amp room,” he says. “I was quite impressed with the overall sound quality of the Event208-AW’s compact form factor. The gain before feedback with a lapel microphone on the pastor is like night and day compared to the previous system, so the pastor can now walkout into the room and sound close to the congregation.”
The new system this past June (2020) and was placed into service immediately afterward. Since that time, Bruce reports his client is very pleased, “This was a rewarding project for everyone involved. Pastor Mark Woods has been very complimentary of the system’s high level of speech intelligibility and its full, rich sound for music reproduction—with the result being that the congregation is more engaged than previously,” he concludes. “I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Andrew Douglas at Invisible Audio for helping us secure the equipment, along with lead audio tech Phillip Allison and the Jacksonville local union install crew from IATSE Stagehands Union Local 115. Together, we had an incredible group of people come together and create a sound system that is without parallel in this area.”