C3 San Diego gets permanent S10
USA: An Adamson S10 sound system has been installed at the C3 Church Central Campus Worship Centre in San Diego, California. The church is one of more than 400 spread across 64 countries that form the C3 Global Group. Since moving into the venue, church leaders had been renting out sound reinforcement solutions before deciding on a permanent solution. Designed and installed by Sound Image, the S10 system was selected following a ‘rigorous’ tender procedure, pitting it against other well-known brands.
‘When they bought the building they opted to rent a system to get a better handle on what worked best in the space,’ explains Brandon Rinas, sales engineer for Sound Image. ‘The room is very wide, not very deep and has a low ceiling, so they definitely needed something that could provide focused energy. At the same time the church was interested in stereo coverage with every seat getting the same audio experience.’
The church leaders evaluated a range of alternative systems before settling on the S10, however its technical director, James Hurley, was already familiar with the system from his time spent with Hillsong Church.
The system has been configured in four main hangs, with five S10 elements per-side forming the wide arrays and six S10 enclosures the central left-right hangs. The mix is created in stereo with the far left array receiving the right array feed and the far right array receiving the left array feed
‘It’s an amazing sounding box,’ adds Mr Rinas. ‘Because the room is so wide, we opted to install four line arrays far-left, left, right and far-right, in order to provide the consistency the church required. Dropping the far arrays by one box eliminated any issues with sound bouncing off the side walls. It was important to keep the sound as focused as possible for vocal intelligibility purposes.’
For the low-end, it had been decided that hanging a centre cluster over the stage would bury the people on stage in bass. Instead, the solution was to create two four-box cardioid end firing arrays, each made up of four S119 subwoofers. Each flown cluster is placed between the far left and left arrays and the far right and right arrays, with the front box positioned over the front row of seats.
‘Adamson has a beautifully created preset for using subs set up this way,’ concludes Mr Rinas. ‘It is amazing how terrific it sounds. The install team at Sound Image – headed up by Dave Paviol and Bob Delson – did a fantastic job with this project. The church is beyond happy with the end result.’