Musical worship in Greenville’s new sanctuary
USA: Music plays a vital role at the Unity Free Will Baptist Church in Greenville, North Carolina. Two main groups make up the music ministry, the Celebration Choir and the Musician Team, as they work together to provide musical worship through psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. The church recognises the importance of audio quality as a means of engaging and motivating the congregation, and needed an audio solution that provided clear feedback to any space in its facility.
With a new church sanctuary completed recently, a suitable audio solution was required. Church management at the site selected Hi-Tech Electronics, a local A/V design and build firm, to design and install the various systems needed. Company owner David Williams and his team chose a variety of loudspeakers from PreSonus Audio Electronics division, WorxAudio. The solutions were from the company’s TrueLine and UltraMax product lines.
In the sanctuary, a total of 16 WorxAudio XL1i-P compact line array enclosures were placed, each with dual eight-inch LF transducers coupled with a 1.4-inch exit HF driver. These were flown in two loudspeaker clusters to the left and right of the stage area and consist of eight modules each. In addition, five white V5T-P line array elements are positioned over the centre of the stage, while a single XL1M-P loudspeaker enclosure is mounted on the rear of the centre cluster and faces down onto the stage, serving as a monitor system for the choir. Two Wave Series 8M-P floor monitors complete the loudspeaker assortment.
For low frequency support, the crew deployed two WorxAudio UW118S-P subwoofers, finished in black and residing on the floor in front of the stage. These are powered sub bass systems, utilising a single 18-inch transducer housed in a Baltic birch enclosure.
‘While the new sanctuary was the largest part of this project, there are also loudspeaker systems in several secondary rooms that provide the church with numerous options,’ says Mr Williams. ‘The V5T-P line offers a 120-degree horizontal dispersion pattern, while the XL1i-P array offers 160-degree horizontal dispersion. This is an unusually broad dispersion pattern for any line array system and provides even coverage throughout the sanctuary.’
In addition to the sanctuary, the Hi-Tech Electronics team also placed a ceiling mounted WorxAudio V5M-P line array loudspeaker in the choir’s rehearsal room and a ceiling mounted X1Mi-P dual eight-inch monitor system in the youth activities room. A ceiling mounted X3i-P three-element compact line array is also deployed in the Fellowship mall, the main entrance to the sanctuary. Meanwhile, the family life centre also has an X3i-P line array system. Lastly, two WorxAudio I/O-4 small format surface mount loudspeaker systems are deployed in each of the three classrooms.
Kevin Justice, the church’s pastor of worship and administration, celebrates the final solution. ‘After working with David Williams on several small projects, and then listening to a full sound system he installed at another area church, I was convinced he was the person to coordinate and install our new setup. I have not been disappointed. Numerous people in our congregation have remarked that they are able to hear both the music and spoken word with great clarity.’