Dogwood Church caters to youth

Dogwood Church caters to youth

Published: WORSHIP

WORLD: US house of worship, Dogwood Church in Tyrone, Georgia, has recently completed the construction of a 400-seat youth multipurpose building on its seventy-acre campus. The multipurpose building required audio, video, and lighting systems with Danley Sound Labs DBH-218 subwoofer forming one of the key components.

Chicago-based Advanced Systems & Technologies (AST) was called in to help maximise the impact of the AVL systems on the church’s limited budget. ‘Dogwood Church has a lot going on,’ said Terry McCarthy, partner and systems specialist with AST. ‘They’re a very contemporary church with a focus on students and families, and their worship style is appropriately contemporary and high-tech. We began working with them early in the process and thus had a major role in shaping the acoustics and electrical specifications. That was important because the church had a lot of expectations but a limited budget with which to meet them. We listened carefully to their needs and helped them prioritise so that they would have the very best system for the money.’

Getting the bass right was key to the project. ‘No doubt, the young people connect with low end,’ noted Mr McCarthy. ‘We had to give them plenty of bass! The Danley DBH-218 delivers exceptional low-end content at any price, but it’s very affordable.’

AST built a custom enclosure under the stage for the DBH-218, which allows for the maximum impact from the subwoofer. Powered by a QSC-PLD-4.5 series amplifier, the DBH-218 receives 4,200W of continuous power (7,500W peak). The rest of the system is comprised of self-powered stereo RCF HD 10a line arrays, a Behringer X32 digital console and snake system, Behringer personal mixers, and Juice Goose power sequencing. AST also designed a comprehensive Perdue Acoustics sound control system to minimise reflections and to even out the room’s frequency response.

The facility has two high-quality air walls allowing the room to subdivide for multiple simultaneous smaller events. AST installed three control point locations, which are networked for ease of access, quick changes and minimal set-up time.

Added to this, AST designed and installed an HD/SDI video system with two 7,500 lumen Panasonic projectors firing on a pair of 193-inch Da-Lite screens that flank the stage. In addition, there are six HD camera locations, two 55-inch HD video monitors for stage view, and a 16x16-channel distribution system that sends high-quality video to the foyer TVs and throughout the facility.

Mr McCarthy also designed a 60 circuit stage lighting system which includes: seven lighting bar locations, two Martin Rush movers, 16 Blizzard RokBox LEDs and 12 Leviton 575W spot fixtures. The lighting system also boasts a full dimming compliment with total control of all the house lighting fixtures featuring Doug Fleenor and Lightronics. This coupled with a black wall and ceiling motif give Dogwood Church’s new student building the look and feel of a modern theatre or live music venue.

‘The folks at Dogwood Church couldn’t be happier,’ concluded Mr McCarthy. ‘We came in on budget and gave them a system that will meet all of their technical needs and more. And with the Danley DBH-218 installed, it’s pure Rock ‘n Roll!’

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