Blessed Teresa of Calcutta gets Bose RoomMatch treatment
WORLD: CCI Solutions and Broderick Architects recently worked together to design and install a Bose RoomMatch sound system into the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta church in Washington. Broderick Architects turned to CCI Solutions as consultant for acoustics and systems integrator for the audio system.
‘The church’s pastor, father Schuster, took a very active role in the design of the facility, and he had specific preferences for the acoustics and audio – as he should,’ said CCI Solutions’ president and CEO Ron Simonson. ‘It was an absolute requirement that the acoustics of the room would need to strongly support congregational worship and their pipe organ. We had to strike a balance in the acoustical program between speech clarity and a reverb time.
‘Also, father Schuster demanded that the speakers be hidden out of sight,’ he added. ‘Another challenge was that the architectural design of the church is a “cruciform”, with transepts on either side – a challenging acoustical layout. The Bose RoomMatch design we created met all of the criteria and ended up as the most cost-effective solution.’
Mr Simonson and his team worked closely with Broderick Architects in defining the acoustic program for the church. ‘We looked at a number of electronically steerable options, but none of them gave us the horizontal dispersion control that we needed,’ said Mr Simonson. ‘Then we looked at the Bose RoomMatch system – and it was clear that it was the right choice.’
The final system comprises two RoomMatch 7040s, one RM9010 and one RM5520 array module, powered by a PowerMatch PM8500 configurable professional power amplifier. ‘Together with Bose technical support, we designed the system with one RM7040 for each of the transepts, and two RoomMatch modules paired in a traditional near-throw/long-throw configuration for the main seating area. We got creative with this, since we had only used the RoomMatch modules deployed in a line array configuration prior to this project. We had to think just a little outside the box – so to speak – to think of the modules as individual speaker boxes that have semi-custom definable coverage.
‘Because of the RoomMatch array module’s wide options for dispersion patterns, we really had a huge amount of control even in the critical midrange frequencies, and we were able to tailor the coverage angle for the needs of the three different seating areas,’ he furthered. ‘We were able to conceal the speakers too. We really succeeded in designing the right system for the space.’
Mr Simonson added that ‘when the system was up and running, everyone was just amazed at how natural the speech sounded. And in the end, not only did the Bose system sound great, it was more cost-effective than the other options, which made the client very happy. The church is just thrilled with the system,’ he enthused.