Achieving clarity by-the-Sea
USA: St. Andrews by-the-Sea United Methodist in San Clemente, California is a multi-generational church with a wide range of ministries designed to appeal to its varied congregation. The church welcomes people from all walks of life. To better serve its diverse membership, PS Audio Video of San Diego, CA, an A/V integration firm with a focus on the worship market, was contracted to handle the installation of a new loudspeaker system for the church. After meeting with church officials to determine their objectives PS Audio Video owner, designer and installation coordinator, Paul Svenson, ultimately elected to install two WorxAudio TrueLine X3i-P powered all-in-one compact line arrays and a TrueLine X118i-P/D subwoofer.
‘St. Andrews by-the-Sea United Methodist’s sanctuary is a wide, somewhat fan-shaped space,’ Mr Svenson explained. ‘With a 30-foot [9.1m] stage that faces into the width of the room, there is a distance of 65 feet [19.8m] to the rear wall, which spans an area of 92 feet [28m]. The space incorporates a balcony and there remain two to three rows of pews under the balcony overhang. Seating is fixed pews, with carpeted aisles and a front floor area. They have both traditional and contemporary services, so music reproduction capabilities were every bit as important as clear speech intelligibility.’
‘The X3’s wide horizontal dispersion and well defined vertical throw enabled us to cover this space with just the two enclosures,’ Mr Svenson shared. ‘I’ve also been very impressed by the sound quality and construction of the equipment. Equally important, the WorxAudio Minibeam and pipe-oriented rigging hardware made installing these loudspeakers very smooth and easy. I’m also a big fan of PreSonus—WorxAudio’s parent company. We used a PreSonus StudioLive AVB48AI mixing console on this job and being able to coordinate all this through a single company was yet another benefit. The WorxAudio people were very helpful assisting us with EASE drawings based on the room as well as making the necessary adjustments until we arrived at an optimal installation plan.’
The two X3i-P enclosures were custom finished to match the church’s interior and they were then positioned on the left and right rear wall of the stage area adjacent to the video monitors. Each box was hung from a single point via a custom rigging frame Mr Svenson designed. The X118 subwoofer is positioned on-stage against the rear wall.
St. Andrews by-the-Sea United Methodist’s new loudspeaker system was installed in early August. ‘Since the installation’s completion, the congregation has been very pleased and impressed with the sound and appearance of the system,” Mr Svenson said. “The band leader and other musicians were also extremely happy with the way the system performed. When I asked if they wanted to run the service as loud as the rehearsal, the band leader said, “We’ve never been able to run it loud before without distortion, feedback, and problems.” The bottom line is that the new loudspeaker system is meeting – and exceeding – everyone’s expectations.’