Wesley United Methodist
This was one of the longest projects in
which Jordan Audio Consultants has had a part. It was over two years in the
making. While completing the engineering and design work for new audio
and video system for the sanctuary, a fire in the balcony brought everything
to a stand still. The fire department pumped 20,000 gallons of water into
the rear corner of the balcony. The water proceeded to flood the
balcony, main floor and basement. The entire building had to be
restored (along with bringing everything up to present codes.)
The building was built in the 1920's and
had only had cosmetic changes made over the years. Some of these
changes had definitely given the facility a tired look. That was then,
now it is a bold, fresh classic space that lends itself well to the worship
of the congregation.
The fire turned into a blessing for the
congregation. It allowed them to refresh the appearance of the facility
while make a few logical modifications. One major change in the
sanctuary was to restore the tin ceiling that had been covered with
acoustical tiles in the 1970's. The 50 year old pipe organ had to be
completely rebuilt and the old console replaced due to water damage. A
new seating arrangement was also put into place for better traffic flow.
The wiring for the audio and video system
were able to be hidden better in the walls and ceilings due to the
reconstruction. Instead of surface mounted speakers, recessed speakers could
be used. The results are remarkable.
The audio system is very straight forward
with an overhead speaker for the main seating area and ceiling speakers for
seats on the sides both in the balcony and under the balcony. A
supplemental speaker is suspended for covering the balcony.
Monitor systems for musicians and the
choir are included. Specialized microphones for the vocal
choirs, bell choirs and piano allow for improved reinforcement but all
The system has inputs and outputs for a
contemporary worship ensemble in the future.
The video system uses large plasma
monitors mounted on articulating arms to provide intense viewing to the
whole audience. The amount of ambient light and the inability to place
a projection screen at a viewable position without blocking the choir loft
led to the decision to use plasma monitors. The results are excellent.
The systems were built by Total Electronic
Contracting from Joplin, Missouri. The church is very happy and are
enjoying their new antique room.
Additional wiring is already in place for
additional video monitors and future cameras for video production purposes.
Chancel and choir loft.
View of balcony showing the control booth and the confidence monitor for
Main overhead speaker, note the restored tin ceiling.
Side view of main speaker showing the rear firing choir monitor.
Amplifier rack with digital system processing.
Audio controls in the AV booth. The video controls are to the left.