Adamson brings consistent audio to Church Unlimited
NEW ZEALAND: With an original campus in West Auckland, Church Unlimited has spread to three additional sites over the past 30 years, with campuses in Central Auckland, Whangarei and Kaitaia. The multipurpose auditorium at the original campus, however, has recently been outfitted with an Adamson sound reinforcement system to provide ‘consistent tone and volume’ throughout the space. Supported by the manufacturer’s New Zealand distributor, Direct Imports NZ, the new solution was designed and installed by Auckland-based Intec Systems.
‘The auditorium at Church Unlimited is very wide with seats wrapping close to 180-degrees around the stage,’ explained Mike Hughes, director of Intec Systems. ‘Our recommendation was two-fold – first was to employ an acoustic consultant to deal with some acoustic issues that could not be resolved with a new loudspeaker system. Second was to design a system that would provide consistent tone and volume throughout the space – something the existing system was not accomplishing.’
After modelling the room with Adamson Blueprint AV and EASE, Mr Hughes specified left/right arrays each comprising four Metrix-I and two Metrix-I W cabinets. Outfill is from two more arrays consisting of two Metrix-I and two Metrix-I W enclosures, while balcony delays are catered to by two clusters of a single Metrix-I and singe Metrix-I W. The subwoofers have been flown in a cardioid array of two Spektrix subs in the centre of the room, while a further two E219 subs have been integrated into the stage structure at ground level.
‘The system installation and commissioning had to be completed between Sunday services, so careful forward planning was required to ensure there were no surprises,’ continued Mr Hughes. ‘Removal of the old system and cabling began early on Monday and we were ready for the arrival of the Adamson product on site on Wednesday, with the system installed and commissioned ready for a Saturday practice with the church band.’
‘The difference to our services has been overwhelming,’ added Church Unlimited executive pastor Sam Tolley. ‘The clarity over the entire audio spectrum has been astounding from the definitive punch of the lower frequencies when live music is being played all the way through to the crystal clear diction being heard when people are speaking. Our musicians are amazed at the dramatic improvement in the on-stage monitoring and our congregation are truly noticing the difference. The system delivers all that was promised and more.’