The new 60,000-square-foot campus of Faith Family Church in Baytown, TX, which includes a 1.400-seat sanctuary that opened this past March, is equipped with integrated audio systems across several spaces that utilize Electro-Voice and Dynacord components in a project directed by worship AV specialists Ellis Pro Media.
“This was a design-build, and great client to work with,” states Austin Hess of Ellis Pro Media, a Continuant company that also handled the video and lighting systems for the campus. “We knew that Electro-Voice would be a great solution, especially paired with the new Dynacord IPX series amplifiers. It’s a product we wholeheartedly believe in, to the point where many of the designers and staff at Ellis Pro Media have EV products in the churches we attend.”
The EV loudspeakers, including X-Line Advance X2-212 line arrays and X12-128 subwoofers, are powered by Dynacord IPX amplifiers configured as a centralized Dante/OCA audio/control network and operated by SONICUE sound system software. “This is the first X2 rig we’ve deployed using SONICUE for processing,” Hess says. “It allowed us to be up and running more efficiently than in the past, and both our team and the client appreciated that.”
The main system in the sanctuary consists of twin X2 arrays, six with 90-degree horizontal dispersion above two 120-degree models. These are augmented by two EVF-1122D/126 loudspeakers for front fill and three EVH-1152/96 horn-loaded models as rear delay fills. Eight X12-128 dual 18-inch subs provide low-frequency support. Five IPX20:4 amplifiers power the mains and subs; a single IPX10:8 drives the fills.
“These subs give you everything you want in terms of output and tonality, with such a small footprint,” Hess adds. “Add the way they maintain musicality at high output, and in my opinion they perform as well – if not better than – any other premium sub on the market.”
Meanwhile the Children’s Auditorium is equipped with s left-right pair of EVF-1122D/126 loudspeakers with a single flown EVF-2151D sub, while coverage in the Pre-School Auditorium is provided by two EVU-2082/95 compact units. The multipurpose Next Steps Room uses two EVC-1122/95 compact loudspeakers as mains paired with EVC-1181S flown subwoofers. One IPX10:4 and one IPX5:4 provide the power and processing to these systems. A pair of EVC-1122/64 loudspeakers powered by a separate Dynacord C3600FDi amplifier handle a fifth/sixth grade classroom. Four EKX-12P portable powered loudspeakers are available for stage monitor use.
The new system debuted when Faith Family Church held its first live-attendance services since closing due to the pandemic. “They’re grateful to be getting back to live worship in the new sanctuary,” Hess concludes. “I’d almost forgotten how great the X-Line Advance system sounds – everyone agreed it was an amazing experience.”