Dogwood Church in Tyrone, GA, pays added attention to the younger members of its congregation, exemplified by the construction of a new 400-seat multipurpose youth building.
The church sought out Chicago-based Advanced Systems & Technologies (AST) to help maximize the impact of the facility’s audio, video, and lighting systems on a limited budget, with AST responding for an audio system highlighting the deep fundamentals of a Danley Sound Labs DBH-218 subwoofer.
“Dogwood Church has a lot going on,” says Terry McCarthy, partner and systems specialist with AST. “They’re a very contemporary church with a focus on students and families, and their worship style is appropriately contemporary and high-tech. We began working with them early in the process and thus had a major role in shaping the acoustics and electrical specifications.
“That was important because the church had a lot of expectations but a limited budget with which to meet them,” he continues. “We listened carefully to their needs and helped them prioritize so that they would have the very best system for the money.”
High on the priority list was the kind of deep bass that takes your breath away and reframes music as a physical experience. “No doubt, the young people connect with low end,” McCarthy states. “We had to give them plenty of bass. The Danley DBH-218 delivers exceptional low-end content at any price, but it’s very affordable.”
The DBH-218 is Tom Danley’s take on conventional subwoofer design, providing punchy, impactful bass, with just a single unit needed for this project. AST built a custom enclosure under the stage for the DBH-218 to further its impact. It’s efficiently powered by a QSC-PLD-4.5 amplifier that delivers 4,200 watts of continuous power (7,500 watts peak).
The rest of the system is comprised of self-powered stereo RCF HD 10a line arrays, a Behringer X32 digital console and snake system, Behringer personal mixers, and Juice Goose power sequencing. AST also designed a comprehensive Perdue Acoustics sound control system to minimize reflections and to even out the room’s frequency response.
The room is outfiited two high-quality air walls for subdividing into multiple spaces for smaller events. Three control point locations, networked for ease of access, foster quick changes and minimal set-up time.
AST also designed and installed a comprehensive HD/SDI video system with two 7500-lumen Panasonic video projectors firing on a pair of 193-inch Da-Lite screens that flank the stage. In addition, there are six HD camera locations, two – 55-inch HD video monitors for stage view, and a 16 x 16-channel distribution system that sends high-quality video to the foyer TVs and throughout the facility.
A 60-circuit stage lighting system includes seven Lighting Bar locations, two Martin Rush movers, 16 Blizzard RokBox LEDs and 12 Leviton 575-watt spot fixtures. The lighting system also offers a full dimming compliment with total control of all the house lighting fixtures, featuring Doug Fleenor and Lightronics. This coupled with a black wall and ceiling motif give Dogwood Church’s new student building the look and feel of a live music venue or a modern theater.
“The folks at Dogwood Church couldn’t be happier,” concludes McCarthy. “We came in on budget and gave them a system that will meet all of their technical needs and more. And with the Danley DBH-218 installed, it’s pure rock ‘n’ roll.”