Tannoy solution for Royal Oak church
WORLD: Tennessee-based audio designer and installer KD Forsha recently specified a Tannoy VLS solution for the Royal Oak Presbyterian Church, one of the oldest congregations in the US.
Pastor Alan Gray stated that the church’s history and the traditions associated with it are an integral part of its worship ceremonies. ‘We’re trying to merge our traditional services with new expressions of worship that are meaningful for the intergenerational nature of our congregation,’ he explained.
To meet this requirement, KD Forsha specified a system comprised of Tannoy’s VLS passive column speaker arrays and VS 10BP subs, thereby addressing the sonic challenges of the highly reverberant, 450-capacity sanctuary.
The existing church was built in 1923, and as such the acoustic challenges of the space were substantial – partly due to a combination of 9m high peaked ceilings, plaster walls and a large amount of reflective, custom woodwork. However, the audio designer believed that the Tannoy solution was most suited to the Royal Oak’s needs – and budget.
In total, KD Forsha deployed four Tannoy VLS 15s – two to cover the balcony and two for the main floor – and mounted a pair of VS 10BP subwoofers discreetly on steps leading up to the pulpit for LF support throughout. ‘The VS 10BPs can sit sideways or long-ways, so I could mount them where they wouldn’t be in anybody’s way – visually or physically.’
The compact profile of the VLS 15s and their ability to offer focused coverage in each of the upper and lower sanctuary zones also appealed to KD Forsha. ‘Like the VS 10s, they can fit in a lot of places and they completely blend in with the wood-stained posts they’re mounted on. Also, the FOH position is in the balcony, so it was important the two zones equalled out, but I was able to use the free, EASE Focus software Tannoy had on their website to help determine ideal locations for the VLS 15s.’
KD Forsha notes that the combination of the VLS 15s and VS 10BPs provide ‘substantial benefits’ for both listeners and those who are most often behind the microphones. ‘The only acoustic treatment they have is what I call “standard, southern church acoustic treatment” – people,’ said KD Forsha. ‘Plus, the system needed very little EQ and I don’t have any issues with open mics. The preacher can actually walk right by them with his headset microphone on and we don’t have a problem.
‘I’ve used Tannoy many times in all kinds of commercial venues, and I’ve been impressed with every speaker, every time.’