Expansion at The Assembly links Ashly, Yamaha, Shure, Aviom and Behringer with Dante
USA: The Assembly at Warner Robins outgrew its 600-seat sanctuary in central Georgia, forced by necessity to hold multiple services scattered across the weekend. To bring the entire congregation back together under one roof, the church knocked out the back wall of its sanctuary to more than double the available seating with a theatre-style arrangement. In the process of renovation, integration firm MABE Production and Installation of Lakeland, Florida designed and installed up-to-date sound, video and lighting systems.
‘The Assembly has a high-energy, contemporary worship style, and they needed a sound system with a lot of traditional, console-based control,’ explained Richard Vaughan, project engineer and design engineer with MABE. ‘They wanted the ability to do multitrack recording, and since the church’s technical director had a lot of experience with Yamaha consoles, we agreed to install a Yamaha QL-Series console. The console’s Dante capability inspired us to build out the entire system using Dante connectivity. It would make the installation a lot easier; it would make patching a lot easier; and it would make future expansion a lot easier. Moreover, they could simply tap off the Dante network for their multitrack setup.’
MABE specified a complete Dante-networked sound reinforcement system to mate with the Yamaha desk, including Ashly Audio Dante-equipped ne4800 and ne8800 Protea digital matrix processors. A Behringer console, paired with the video recording and playback system, is outfitted with an optional Dante I/O card, and a bevy of new Shure ULX-D wireless microphones are also on Audinate's Dante. An Aviom Dante distribution unit handles all the Dante traffic, most of which is routed through an Ashly ne4800 4x8 matrix processor and an Ashly ne8800 8x8 matrix processor. A self-powered JBL VRX line array system provides principal coverage of the sanctuary, with Ashly KLR-4000 (2,000W at 2-ohms) and KLR-5000 (2,500W at 2-ohms) two-channel amplifiers powering JBL delays and subwoofers, respectively.
‘We’ve been installing Ashly for well over a decade now,’ says Mr Vaughan. ‘I’ve always been impressed with their reliability and their sound quality. Ashly’s sound is very pure and transparent. Ashly processing is straightforward, easy to use and rock solid. Ashly’s Dante implementation is excellent – the setup and digital patching was easy and the cabling was way simpler than it would have been with a conventional system. Just a handful of Cat-6 cables took care of everything.’
The new video system at The Assembly includes 8000 lumens Panasonic projectors for side screens, an 11k lumens Panasonic projector for the centre screen, Blackmagic switchers, a Blackmagic 40x40 SDI router, and Blackmagic converters on all the projectors and screens throughout the facility. In addition, Blackmagic recorders capture video content and camera feeds from the service. The new lighting system uses Chauvet LED fixtures for the stage, and a pathway connect snap panel for analogue control of the LED house fixtures. Leprecon entry stations provide the user interface for the lighting system.