South Coast Christian Church in San Juan Capistrano, CA was recently outfitted with a sound reinforcement upgrade in its sanctuary headed by Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers to deliver upbeat, contemporary worship services.
In coordination with a larger renovation, local AV integration firm Tech Arts designed and installed the new audio system along with new video and lighting systems. “Our original sound reinforcement system was decades old and worn out,” says Jeff Wallace, technical director at South Coast Christian Church. “We were running at 25 percent of capacity.”
In conjunction with architectural remodeling that would remove the soffit that housed the loudspeakers anyway, church leaders reached out to Tech Arts to completely revamp its AVL systems. Working in phases, the Tech Arts team had the new Danley sound reinforcement system installed in time for Christmas celebrations and many weeks of Sunday services before COVID-19 shut things down.
“The room seats 500 people and is wider than it is deep,” explains Chuck Mitchell, CEO of Tech Arts. “That ruled out line arrays. We found that models of the Danley SH60 gave us the width we needed to cover the seating from end to end without requiring front fills. Moreover, Danley’s exceptional pattern control would keep energy off the walls and ceiling.”
The new system is designed to be straightforward and benefits sonically from simplicity. Two clusters, each comprised of two Danley SH60s, cover all 500 seats in stereo, with a pair of flown Danley TH118 subwoofers rounding out the low end. “Using two Danley TH118s is a little more than we might use normally,” says Jason Vandergrift, designer/programmer at Tech Arts. “We’ve used two TH118s in much larger rooms. Here, it’s like driving a Ferrari at 55 mph, there’s so much headroom. The low end feels effortless, like it’s never going to run out of gas.”
Symetrix DSP and Linea amplifiers power the system, with a new Allen & Heath dLive console. Tech Arts redid the stage box infrastructure and, at the church’s request, undertook the task of relocating the FOH position. “We spent a lot of time making sure we minimize the number of A/D or D/A conversions,” Wallace says. “Once signal becomes digital, it stays digital until the amplifier output. Dante throughout makes for a very clean, phase accurate sound system. Even though we’re dealing with top-end digital equipment and converters, you can still hear a noticeable difference when we A/B the analog failsafe backup.”