Tannoy and Lab.gruppen bring clarity to Sacred Heart Church
WORLD: Morgan Sound Inc recently specified a Tannoy VX solution for the Sacred Heart Church’s sound system in Bellevue, Washington. The 750-capacity sanctuary previously suffered from issues of reverberation and unintelligibility, prompting the church to invest in a new sound system.
‘Previously, they had no real high-end in the room,’ said Morgan Sound A/V consultant, Stephen Weeks. ‘There was no intelligibility. The room sounded muffled and speech was indistinct, so the priest always felt like he wasn’t loud enough. Tannoy’s dual concentric technology is very helpful for keeping things coherent. The speakers are very clear, clean and warm in the low end and there were no smear issues like you might experience with a more traditional box, which was critical.’
The sanctuary is modern in design, which ‘although impressive, is also very reverberant,’ Mr Weeks continued. ‘It has high ceilings, a lot of marble, concrete, and lots of windows. Instead of a traditional altar at the front of the church with seats facing it, the altar platform is extended, so the seating surrounds it by 270 degrees. There are also some areas with low ceilings surrounding the platform that account for 50 per cent of the seating capacity.’
The team deducted that there was no way to cover the entire room effectively and discreetly from a single location, so along with company founder Charlie Morgan, Mr Weeks specified one Tannoy VX 15Q for the main seating area. These were flanked with five-time delayed VX 5.2s per-side, pointed out and down towards each section with the low ceilings to localise the sound to the stage. Additionally, five Tannoy IS 52s are built into the stairs of each facet of the octagonal platform for front-fill. Meanwhile, two Tannoy VX 6s and a pair of DVS 4s provide a feed from the priest’s podium/headset microphones for Sacred Heart’s choir – which performs from behind the octagonal platform – and for the church’s organist, respectively.
Mr Weeks also specified Lab.gruppen amplifiers, comprising a pair of channels mono-bridged from a C 16:4 for the central VX speaker, two Lab C 20:8 amplifiers for the VX 5.2s and IS 52s, and a pre-existing third party amp to drive the stage monitors. ‘The amps took up very little rack space, but provided the channel count we needed,’ he explained.
‘The result is night and day,’ Mr Weeks enthused. ‘Since the install of the Tannoy loudspeakers and Lab.gruppen amplifiers we’ve had nothing but high praise for the entire system and the sound overall.’