KV2 brings Potters House Christian Fellowship back to life
WORLD: A KV2 Audio sound system has been installed at The Potters House Christian Fellowship in Leyton, East London. The church is housed inside a former cinema and bingo hall and members of the congregation were struggling to distinguish the worship message as a result of the poor dynamic output achieved by the existing system. Following a reconnaissance trip to the Plasa trade show in London and several subsequent site visits from the manufacturer, Jason Campbell, sound technician at The Potters House, selected KV2 Audio ES system for the upgrade.
‘The process was a lengthy one from our side, with budgetary constraints and other concerns to consider. We undertook acoustic testing in the hall and consulted a few companies for their thoughts,’ explained Mr Campbell. ‘We invited a number of loudspeaker manufacturers to come in and bid for the gig and once we heard what KV2 Audio’s range of speakers sounded like in a real life scenario we knew we were on to a winner.’
Several considerations were made when choosing the system, including the need for additional under balcony coverage. The initial brief therefore specified a main FOH system that could be flown, although with a ceiling height in excess of 10m, the speakers would need to be dropped to successfully reach underneath the balcony. A pair of ES2.6 dual 15-inch subwoofers were positioned inside the large decorative alcoves that flank the stage, along with dedicated EPAK 2500 amplification and control units. The main wall-mounted speakers comprised ES1.0 3-way cabinets on either side of the stage.
‘After the demo we consulted our installation team and the clever idea of using the alcoves was suggested. This ticked a number of boxes as Pastor Brown was very particular about it not being visually obtrusive and for no wires to be visible,’ Mr Campbell added.
With such a large balcony section, under and over balcony delays were also deployed and time aligned to ensure even coverage and accurate HF content. Four passive ESD6 2-way 6-inch speakers were installed under the balcony and finished in white to blend in with the ceiling in that section. This area was deemed a key part of the project as during some previous large church conferences, whilst operating at full capacity the audio from the previous front of house system had just got lost. For the upstairs balcony area, a pair of ESD15s were deployed to bolster coverage.
‘Installation took three days and we worked closely with the installation team and representatives of KV2 who were present to commission the project. All members of the church community who were present commented on how pleasant, knowledgeable and professional everyone was.’ he continued. ‘It was a pleasure for me to see the project come to fruition from start to finish and to give my church a sound system that matches the grandeur of the venue and offers so much warmth and clarity.’
‘The difference is night and day,’ summarised senior pastor Nigel Brown. ‘The sound and clarity we now experience has had a huge impact on our services and musical events. From the initial consultations with KV2 through to the install process what was promised has definitely been delivered.’