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Thunder Audio Installs New Systems Featuring Yamaha & NEXO At Three Cedar Creek Church Locations

“Since Cedar Creek Church is looking to develop several more satellite locations over the next few years, it was necessary to develop a system that could be duplicated successfully." - Tom Hejnicki, Thunder Audio

By PSW Staff November 9, 2009

Perspective of the main sanctuary at Cedar Creek Church in Perrysburg, Ohio, now outfitted with a new sound system headed by Yamaha and NEXO components

Thunder Audio of Taylor, MI, recently installed sound systems at Cedar Creek Church locations in Ohio, beginning with the Perrysburg campus followed by the Whitehouse and Toledo satellite locations, utilizing Yamaha and NEXO components for all three projects.

“Since Cedar Creek Church is looking to develop several more satellite locations over the next few years, it was necessary to develop a system that could be duplicated successfully. The church relies on an excellent resource of volunteer staff, so uniformity between locations is crucial,” states Tom Hejnicki, Project Manager, Thunder Audio/Thunder Production Group, which worked with Prodigy Music of Toledo for the installations at both the Perrysburg and Toledo sites.

“There are always challenges with any installation, the most prevalent two being time and budget,” he continues. “We had 15 calendar days to complete the installation at Perrysburg, for example, making it a point to work around other trades in order to cooperate as a team.”

“The comprehensive product line of Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems including the NEXO line array has allowed us to streamline the installations and deliver high-quality productions at an affordable price point,” says Hejnicki.

The installation at Cedar Creek’s 1,500-seat main sanctuary in Perrysburg, Ohio, three times the size of the satellite locations, is based around a NEXO GEO S805 kube arratswith CD18 subs and PS10 delay, a Yamaha M7CL-48 digital console, and six AD8HR digital signal processors. A LightViper 48 x 24 fiber optic system is used for all signal and data.

“The capability to run 64 bi-directional channels of audio, control data, HD video, DMX, and Ethernet all in the space of a 1-inch trade size conduit was paramount to the installation success at the annex locations,” Hejnicki adds.

The Whitehouse (500 seats) and Toledo (650 seats) satellite locations are essentially the same, both using Yamaha M7CL-32 consoles, 14 Yamaha IF Series Speakers with two IF subs, a LightViper 32 x 8 fiber optic system as well as DME24n digital signal processors, MY8 ADDA-96 I/O card, three Yamaha P7000s and six P2500s power amplifiers, and three AD8HR remote pre-amps similar to the Perrysburg site.

“We try and keep our systems uniform at all campuses,” states Pastor Jason Smithers.” It streamlines the process of training, operating, and programming if we are all on the same page. The NEXO system was chosen for the Perrysburg campus because of the auditorium size. A line array was not necessary at the other two campuses so we chose the IF Series, and we’re extremely happy with our choices for all three locations.”

Hejnicki has personally been working with Cedar Creek Church as a consultant and installer for nearly 10 years with projects that include complete A/V and lighting in four complete new builds, as well as two renovations, a portable ministry, as well as several live events.

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