A team project for a 108 year old
building. Although it is not a museum it has been kept as original as
possible and has the feel of a classic antique space. Jordan Audio was
brought to the project to make sure that this new sound reinforcement system fit
the space both acoustically and aesthetically. The previous system was now
over 20 years old and looked like a it had been wired on a Saturday night
just in time for the 9:00 am Sunday service.
The new system removed all the exposed wiring
that ran along the floor and hung from beneath the balcony (all in plain view.)
Jordan Audio Consultants' responsibility was
to evaluate the situation and prepare design documents for competitive bidding.
Total Electronics Concepts of Joplin were awarded the project by the trustee
board. While the system was being installed JAC monitored the progress to ensure
complete satisfaction on the part of the congregation. When the system was completed, JAC
calibrated and commissioned the system and trained the volunteer technicians.
In a recent visit to the church office, both
the choir director and organist were singing praises for the new system and how
well everyone could hear including the choir, which had never been able to hear
The church was very committed to investing in quality. They
did not want to have to go through this process again for another 20 years. The
winning bid was well with in the anticipated budget, and then the trustees
expanded the scope, prior to awarding the project to facilitate adding
several additional features. Everything was complete from the first Sunday the
system was used.
Each 10:30 Sunday service is broadcast live
over a local AM radio station. This feed had always been a tap off the
main system and never a prepared mix. It was time for improving this
arrangement as well as begin recording services on CD for further
distribution. A dedicated output from the mixing console now feed
through a limiter prior to feed through the phone lines to the radio
Some microphones have been added to allow
signals for the broadcast that are not used for sound reinforcement. This
allows for the choir, organ, and bells to be broadcast much more clearly.
(Previously they just left the puplit mic on and hoped for some type of signal.)
A new control booth was built and assembled in
the rear of the balcony. It easily accommodates two technicians: audio,
and adequate space for future video presentation controls. Every action at
the chancel and in the choir loft can be viewed clearly. (Previously the
controls were squeezed behind the back pew beneath the balcony in the main entry
aisle way. The cable mess was both unsightly and made servicing the system
The new overhead array is assembled from
modules of the JBL constant curvature line array system. The three segment
biamplified array provides
excellent coverage for the majority of the main floor (250 seats) and the center
of the balcony and tech booth (100 seats.)
TEC took the JBL array modules to a
professional paint shop and had them sprayed to complement the color of
the wooden beams in the sanctuary. Fabric grill cloth was added over the
woofers to further improve the appearance. The results are very pleasing
and has received high praise from the congregation.
Small JBL two way surface mount speakers were
added to ceiling beam to further reinforce the east and west balcony areas (175
seats.) Small customized JBL two way ceiling speakers were added the seats
at the far left and right seats at the front of the main floor. It was not
possible to recess the speakers into the underside of the balcony.
Custom built hexagons were made by Concert Systems LLC to hold the wide
dispersion JBL ceiling speakers. These were then mounted on the
ceiling and spaced to complement the hexagon lighting fixtures.
Dbx digital processing controls the main array,
and two stage monitor systems. A simple 1/3 octave graphic equalizer
provides voicing control for existing monitor speakers of the choir loft and
Crown CTs series amplifier provide the
horsepower to the system.
108 year old seating arrangement, these are the original pews.
1900's pipe organ facade, behind is a 1940's Wicks and 2000' Quimby
organ (all pipe.)
Well painted JBL constant curvature line array.
Custom built control desk, modeled after the wood work in the room.
Control booth with room for future video controls.
The amp rack is in the choir room beside the control booth.
Balcony Fill speakers
Under balcony Fill speakers
Close up of Hexagon shaped under balcony fill speaker