City Church Tauranga modernises its audio system with Shure ULX-D
NEW ZEALAND: City Church Tauranga in New Zealand has completed a large modernisation project which saw the church’s main 650-capacity auditorium supplied with a Shure ULXD digital wireless system that aims to provide ‘great coverage, clarity and volume, suitable for a youthful and modern church’, and needed to cater equally to both speech and music performance. Completed in 2013, the equipment was installed by Now Sound.
‘Sound quality is very important to a modern house of worship. Every service we have a full ensemble band with a rock sound that requires clarity and responsiveness, multiple speakers who need to be heard clearly and distinctively, and multi-media audio demands,’ said Jene Hamahona, creative art director and facilities manger at the church.
City Church Tauranga also needed to bolster its wireless microphone supplies to cater for lead vocals, backing vocals and a headset for the pastor. The microphones would require great sound quality with frequencies that would be flexible and compatible with the new and pending law changes in the area. Shure’s ULX-D wireless system was chosen for the task primarily because of its ability to perform frequency scans, use many channels in a small bandwidth and with the interchangeable capsules, provide the church with a high level of flexibility and sound quality.
The church settled on six channels of ULXD with one Beta 87A for lead vocals, four Beta 58A’s for the backing vocals and a ULXD1 with a MX153 as the pastors headset. In addition to this, they also invested in the rechargeable batteries and three SBC200 dual chargers, allowing the transmitters to be docked directly into them without removing the batteries.
The installation process went smoothly. Ms Hamahona stated, ‘it only took two days to get the old system down and the new system up and running, which was great when you need to have the system ready for Sunday!’
Daniel Larsen, Now Sound’s technical sales support, commissioned the installed system and ensured the Church was completely satisfied. The local audio install company, Triac Industries, now also provides on-going support to the church.
Ms Hamahona concluded, ‘the system has been in for about three-months now and we are very happy with the results. There have been consistent comments from people in the congregation noting how clear and even the sound is now. Our sound engineers love it!’