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EAW Anna arrays and Otto subwoofers are both flown in the new system at Christ Community Church in Alamogordo, NM.

EAW ADAPTive Heads New System At Christ Community Church In New Mexico

Anna loudspeakers joined by Otto subwoofers and more implemented in sound reinforcement upgrade at the church's 800-seat sanctuary in Alamogordo.

A recent sound reinforcement upgrade at the 800-seat worship sanctuary of Christ Community Church in Alamogordo, NM is headed by Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) ADAPTive Anna loudspeakers and Otto subwoofers in a project under the direction of church technical director Jacob Pierce, working with Fresno, CA-based Michael Garrison Associates (MGA).

The new system incorporates two flown Anna arrays each with six modules joined by four Otto subs and eight JF8 2-way loudspeakers for frontfill, spread out evenly from the back of the platform in a trapezoidal pattern. Built in 2000, the sanctuary was originally designed to be very wide but not very deep. This architectural design presented the main acoustical challenge for Pierce: finding a stereo image that would cover the correct areas without blasting the back walls and filling the thrust stage with sound.

“We couldn’t just put up any line array because it wouldn’t cover the room properly,” says Pierce. “We are now playing a lot more contemporary, modern worship songs with louder guitars and drums, and the sound system wasn’t cooperating with us. We had blown drivers, poor coverage and complaints about music being too loud or not loud enough just three seats away from each other. Our church leadership realized it was time to make it better and gave me the go ahead to find our new PA.”

At the outset of the project, Pierce got in touch with MGA to discuss how they could best solve the building’s acoustical challenges. A multi-phase implementation was agreed upon with acoustic treatments being part of phase 1 and the loudspeaker portion falling into phase 2. MGA was directed by Pierce to design a “stereo” loudspeaker system, and given the environment, it was a daunting proposition.

“We prepared multiple loudspeaker design options, looking at multiple brands and array schemes with a range of cost tiers for the church’s consideration,” says Michael Garrison of MGA. “One of the exercises we went through was to compare the percentage of seats where a person could actually perceive realistic spatial imaging – knowing that some of the outside and wraparound seats would unavoidably have a monaural listening experience. The sound level computer modeling confirmed that EAW’s ADAPTive technology achieved the widest and most even coverage, as well as the highest percentage of seats to enjoy ‘stereo’ sound.”

Pierce was invited to Abundant Church in El Paso, TX to hear the new EAW ADAPTive PA that MGA had designed and recently installed. “We didn’t quite realize what we were missing until we heard the Anna system,” Pierce notes. “When we came back and listened to our system, we were blown away on how inferior ours was. It is a night and day difference between what we had and what we have now. With our new EAW system, the ability to have full coverage and not have to worry about the sound bouncing off the back walls is game changing. The amount of array spill onto the stage that we got rid of was amazing. We struggled every week and now we no longer struggle with feedback, ever.

“With our new EAW Anna ADAPTive system, no matter where you’re sitting, you’re getting the same volume and the same mix,” he concludes. “We no longer have blown drivers. In the modeling, we went from a +/- 7.2 dB to a +/- 1.5 dB. That is far better than we could have ever hoped for. Our congregants no longer complain and are very happy. In addition to the team at MGA, I’d really like to acknowledge Jonas Domkus at EAW who did an incredible job tuning our system. Jonas is a phenomenal person who is a master at his craft. We really love our new EAW PA system.”

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