Faith Sanctuary finds the right match
CANADA: Toronto’s Faith Sanctuary church has occupied its current sanctuary for 15 years. During that time, Senior Pastor Granville McKenzie had been unhappy with the building’s acoustics, as the worship space is a wide, fan-shaped area with stone walls and other reflective surfaces that wreak havoc when trying to achieve consistent coverage, speech intelligibility and musical clarity.
When discussing his church’s audio issues with a representative from another, similarly acoustically plagued church, Pastor McKenzie was recommended the Bose Professional RoomMatch system. The pastor was familiar with the Bose brand on the consumer side, owning the manufacturer’s Wave music systems for personal use.
‘I love the Bose Wave and use it all the time,’ says Pastor McKenzie. ‘It never occurred to me that they had translated their technology to a pro audio system. But based on that reputation and my experience with Bose, I was excited to try the RoomMatch system.’
Bose Professional’s territory manager for Eastern Canada directed the church to local A/V systems integrator Westbury National, which in turn arranged for Faith Sanctuary technical director Jason Reynolds to experience a RoomMatch installation in a space with similar audio challenges in Las Vegas. In addition to his responsibilities at the church, Mr Reynolds is also the president and head audio engineer at Anjel Music Productions.
‘I have a lot of experience as a touring front-of-house mixer, and I understand the science behind RoomMatch, which is totally valid, and I wanted to experience it myself,’ explains Mr Reynolds ‘Faith Sanctuary isn’t your typical church – we have a seven-piece band and it can get pretty loud during services. I needed to hear RoomMatch in action, with a live band playing through it, not pre-recorded tracks. It was a proof of concept for us, and RoomMatch did exactly what it said it would do: the clarity was there even at high SPL.’
With a satisfied church technical director, Westbury National went ahead with the Bose installation, comprising three hangs of four RoomMatch enclosures and four RoomMatch RMS215 subwoofers flown above the centre array. Providing additional lows are three RMS218 subs mounted beneath the stage, while a further six RoomMatch enclosures provide under balcony-fill and another two are used as choir-fills. The setup is powered by nine PowerMatch PM8500N amplifiers and mixing is via a DiGiCo SD9.
‘Everyone loves the way we sound now,’ comments Mr Reynolds. ‘We’ve found the optimum dB level for the room and it’s been fantastic ever since.’
Pastor McKenzie is also impressed. ‘Every word is completely intelligible and the music is clear and powerful,’ he says. ‘We are extremely happy with how the sound has turned out.’
Brock McGinnis, A/V solutions division sales manager at Westbury National, notes that Bose provided excellent support for the project. ‘Their engineering team and tools have been wonderful to work with and, of course, the RoomMatch arrays sound amazing,’ he remarks. ‘Westbury National takes a lot of pride in our ability to provide great systems for great customers and Bose helped us do just that for Pastor McKenzie and his team.’