Integration specialist MC2Solutions (Collierville, TN) has completed the design and installation of a new sound system headed by Community loudspeakers that’s serving the 4,000-capacity, in-the-round sanctuary of the World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church in Memphis, TN.
Carl Woodard II, owner and designer of MC2Solutions, explains, “The system was required to provide very high quality speech and full-range music, with intelligibility being key. With such a large space, more akin to a theater than a traditional church, we designed a system based on wide dispersion column line arrays with under-balcony fill, to ensure absolute coverage with no dead spots.
“I chose Community based on previous experience and the new IV6 modular vertical array was the ideal solution,” he continues. “I prefer passive loudspeakers for their cost-effective combination of acoustic purity and long-term system reliability. The multiple IV6 configurations available, with splay options and built-in passive acoustic optimization settings, allowed me to design the arrays to provide excellent SPL and frequency response consistency with seamless coverage.”
Flown with IV6 GlidePoint array frames, the system has three arrays, each comprising seven IV6-1122 wide-dispersion 12-inch two-way array elements. Four IV6-118S 18-inch subwoofers extend the low frequency and add bass impact.
Controlled by an Allen & Heath digital mixer with personal monitoring, the loudspeakers are driven with Lab Gruppen amplification as well as a Lake LM26 providing DSP. Other primary components include an Allen & Heath digital mixer and Shure ULX wireless microphone systems.
“The Pastor wanted no dead spots in the congregation seating and is extremely impressed with the results,” Woodward concludes. “The church had an old component sound system prior to this install and the full sound and intelligibility, even at low SPL, is a dramatic improvement to the listening experience in the room.
“The loudspeakers are pleasing to the eye as well as the ears. I was initially concerned the system would now be visible, but they are pleased with the appearance and how well it complements the interior aesthetics.”