VIETNAM: Located in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, the Lam Dong region has become popular with tourists over the years as they gather annually for the Dalet Flower Festival. Nestled in the southern part of Lam Dong is the An Hoa Catholic Church. The area has been served by the original building since the 1960s, but increasing numbers of Catholics coming to the region over the last 50 years has led to the construction of a new and bigger worship facility. This building was promptly installed with new audiovisual systems, but prior to its inauguration, church leaders were concerned about the reverberant nature of the sanctuary. They called upon Ba Hung Technology Co for a solution, which integrated two NST Audio D48 matrix signal processors into the design.
‘We have just finished the installation of an audio system for the Catholic church at An Hoa and we got a great response from the nearly 5,000 people who attended the church’s inauguration – 1,000 inside the church and 4,000 outside, including nearly 100 priests,’ says Ba Hung Technology’s CEO, Tuong Nguyen (James). ‘Prior to the inauguration we tested many DSP processors as part of the same audio system and the D48 won and was ultimately selected. All of our staff are also very satisfied with the clarity, power and sound quality of the D48. I strongly believe that it will satisfy most sound engineers in the community.’
‘I was indeed very worried about the reverb, echo and feedback levels in the church, as our architects have to focus on the worship aesthetic rather than the building’s acoustics,’ adds Father Giuse Nguyen Van Bao. ‘I also understand that buying good products does not necessarily mean the sound will be nice and even having a complete system does not mean it will be run well, but the fantastic final result will come from the good service, knowledge, experience, devotion and responsibility of the integrator. Choosing Ba Hung for this project, especially due to James, was the perfect decision. We have such a wonderful sound system and we are very satisfied.’
In addition to the D48s, signal processing comes from Musicrown MEQ-230 equalisers and TC Electronic M-One XL multi-effects units. Shure, BES and Superlux microphones feed audio into Spirit King-416 16-channel mixers which in turn is output by two-way CES CAL-5300W speakers in the preaching hall and Real Ma-15 cabinets and BW-118B subwoofers in the Choral Society’s sound system.
‘We are very happy with the start James and Ba Hung have made for us in Vietnam and we wish them many more successes in the future,’ concludes NST Audio managing director, Ian McCarthy.