Sainte-Ode Catholic Church reopens with Mipro
TAIWAN: Situated in Chiayi, in the south western plains of Taiwan, Sainte-Ode Catholic Church is a 55-year old mosaic architectural style church, the first of its kind in Taiwan and widely considered one of the most beautiful in Southern Taiwan. Due to the reduced number of priests in the area the church has been closed for more than 10 years. In 2015 that changed when Father Pu Ying Hsiung was ordained and assigned to Sainte-Ode by the area bishop. Now reopened, the building required an upgraded sound system to increase coverage and intelligibility throughout the sanctuary. With the church located less than 10 minutes from portable PA manufacturer Mipro’s headquarters, the manufacturer’s applications consultant Daniel Ku conducted a site visit and designed a new solution to meet the congregation’s needs.
Mr Ku felt that the acoustics posed a challenge, as the sanctuary was highly reverberant. Working to a limited budget, the main concern was that the sound system installation would not interfere with the church’s aesthetics with large or medium-sized speakers. Also, unsightly cable runs would blemish the aesthetics of its 'historical and sacred' environment. Mr Ku suggested the Mipro MA-303 PA system as a solution that was compact, and thanks to its wireless capability, would negate the need for long cable runs.
The installed system comprised four MA-303S single-channel PA speakers, with two positioned on either side of the altar and two more extending coverage to the rear of the chapel. ACT-312B and ACT-312BT receivers draw signals from four ACT-32H handheld transmitter mics, two ACT-32T bodypacks and two MU-53HN head worn microphones. An AD-707a four-channel antenna divider and MT-90A wireless interlinking transmitter complete the system.
‘This is an unparalleled totally wireless solution utilising the MA-303 PA Systems,’ explained Mr Ku. ‘Besides the tremendous time and initial cost savings there are very low-maintenance requirements and the system is easily expandable by adding more MA-303s with built in receivers to cover more areas in the church. Since Mipro wireless PA systems can be powered by either AC or rechargeable battery, the MA-303 systems offer the ability to place remote speakers where other active speakers cannot be easily added or installed.’
Having used the new system at several Sunday masses, Father Pu commented: ‘The seamless integration of the speakers into the décor was completed beautifully, which was a major concern before the actual installation. The powerful yet clear sound quality and reduced feedback were clearly noticeable and pleasing to the congregation during masses.’