Ginghamsburg Church gets even coverage with Bose and Live!
USA: When United Methodist congregation Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City, Ohio, decided it needed a major overhaul of its A/V system, the needs were enhanced and consistent intelligibility along with even coverage in an asymmetrical space that includes a balcony, according to Chris Benge, the church’s technical and sound engineer. Speech and music had to be supported.
Ginghamsburg turned to Columbus-based firm Live! Technologies for the full package – consulting, vending, installation and service. In performing between 150 and 200 installations a year, Live! Technologies has developed what it professes to be a strong relationship with Bose Professional as well as an appreciation for Bose products. For the Ginghamsburg Church installation, Live! specified Bose RoomMatch loudspeakers and PowerMatch amplifiers as a centrepiece of the new system.
Bose personnel worked with Live! to demo and configure the system, specifically focusing on tuning the low end, as the church’s worship style involves contemporary styles of music and dance, and ‘getting the low frequency aligned can make a difference between a thud or click from a bass drum and a more musical percussive sound,’ notes Dave Mead, Live! Technologies founder and strategic sales executive. The system installed includes 12 RoomMatch loudspeakers as the mains, four RoomMatch RMS215 subwoofers (flown) and three RoomMatch RMS218 subs (below the stage), two RoomMatch Utility RMU208 loudspeakers as front fills, 10 PowerMatch amplifiers with Dante cards and Dante card-fitted Bose ControlSpace ESP-00 DSP.
Cody Ramey, Live!’s account executive for Ginghamsburg Church, stated, ‘There are so many different amp and cabinet configurations available with the Bose RoomMatch system that it is easy to create a specific system for this application. It was also appealing to us because of the excellent craftsmanship and reliability that the product line is known for.’
Mr Mead points out that the installation followed a growing trend in A/V integration: the implementation of Audinate’s Dante protocol. He elaborates, ‘The entire system is run on Dante. They have their video production suite on the third floor of the building, so being able to do audio-over-IP was quite handy to get all the different locations we had in the room back to the console, and into the Bose ControlSpace processing. The Dante cards offered by Bose make that interoperability very straightforward.’
Mr Benge and the Ginghamsburg team say the installation has had excellent results, which he credits to the Live! team’s focused design process. Mr Benge notes, ‘We didn’t even start talking about what equipment we would put in; we talked about "what do I want it to do?" Live! Technologies took it from there. We are very happy with the results.’