WINDSOR ROAD CHRISTIAN CHURCH
The Windsor Road Christian Church of
Champaign, IL was in need of more seating during their worship assemblies.
The solution they decided on was to remove several classroom that surrounded the
auditorium and enlarge the room by about 35 percent. The primary
concern was the change in acoustics and how it would effect the use of
technology in the room.
While making modifications to the
room, it was decided to maximize the space and solve a few lingering
problems. The room and the original system was less than 9 years
old. For all of those years the band has had difficulty hearing in their
little side stage "pit".
The main problem was the tight space and
lots of sheet rock. We specified heavy weight theatrical drapes in
the area to absorb excessive sound and minimize early reflections.
Additional heavy weight drapery was also
added to an overhead clearstory area above the front of the stage and the first
rows of the seating area. This was to minimize excessive reflections that
had been "blurring" the sound of the drums and piano (percussive
sounds) in the seating area. Several hundred square feet of 1" thick
acoustic absorbers were added around the perimeter of the room for improved
The modifications to the audio system
included reworking the main speaker array, rewiring the amplifier rack and
adding sub woofers. The original cluster was a group of high quality
components that had been installed poorly and did not meet the need of the room
or of the congregation's music program. We reused the high frequency
drivers on new horns in new enclosures along with new 12"
woofers. The two 15" woofer from the original cluster were
installed into new sub woofer enclosures almost visible on the rear of the stage
(picture with trees). The three new overhead speakers and the two stage
level sub woofer enclosures were built to Jordan Audio's specifications by Concert
Systems LLC of South Bend, Indiana.
The existing amp rack was reused with two
new Crown amplifier and a new digital system processor (dbx 260).
The existing Crown amp was reassigned to horns. The new amps power
woofers and subs. The existing Mackie amps are still working with the four
Future enhancements to the system include
upgrade the mixing console and the monitor system processing and stage monitor
The ceiling above the band
pit was "softened" to eliminate an annoying reflection on the
opposite side of the seating area. It also includes the clarity of the
floor monitor system for the band.