Christ Center Church in West Columbia, SC has a new sound reinforcement system in its sanctuary implemented by Gattis Pro Audio (Lexington, SC) that’s headed by Danley Sound Labs SM100B and Nano point source loudspeakers.
The upgrade came as the church sought a system with modern punch and intelligibility. “Christ Center Church had been using the same gear for a long time,” explains Sid Gattis, owner of Gattis Pro Audio. “It functioned, sure, but it lacked low end and the coverage patterns of the old loudspeakers blew straight into the drywall that encloses the place. They had a revival coming up in September, and they wanted to up their game with better speech coverage, greater fidelity, and the kind of musical impact that you can really feel.
“We’ve had a lot of recent success with Danley loudspeakers and subs, and I knew that their sound quality and pattern control would do a lot for the church, especially given its acoustics.”
The sanctuary has a beautiful wood ceiling, with church officials wanting the color of the new loudspeakers to match. Gattis took advantage of Danley’s custom-painting program whereby contractors can select a Sherwin-Williams paint number and Danley will deliver boxes with that custom paint color.
“It keeps us from having to stain or paint boxes, which is a huge pain,” Gattis says. “It’s super affordable, much less than it would cost us to do it, and the results are a lot better than we’d be able to deliver. Christ Center Church chose ‘Kenyan Kopper,’ and it looks great/”
A stereo pair of Danley SM100B loudspeakers cover all of the seats in the sanctuary from their mounts above either side of the stage. “They have wider horizontal coverage than they did before and tighter vertical coverage,” Gattis notes. “Unlike most Danley Synergy Horn boxes, the SM100B is wrapped in a Tapped Horn subwoofer. It has four 8-inch drivers, which always causes anyone who knows anything about audio to ask, ‘Really? 8-inch drivers?’ To which I respond, ‘Hey… just listen to it. The bass is phenomenal – fast, articulate, tight, and punchy.’”
Three Danley Nano boxes provide fill for the choir. “The Danley Nano is one of the most revolutionary boxes I’ve seen in a long time,” Gattis concludes. “It’s tiny so it hides well. And in this context, we really don’t want a ton of low end, but we do want a lot of intelligibility. The fidelity and sparkle out of a Nano is crazy.” A BSS Soundweb London DSP provides input and loudspeaker conditioning, and Yamaha amplifiers power the system.