Manley goes Danley
USA: Manley Baptist Church in Tennessee recently moved to a new 2,000-seat fan-shaped sanctuary and simultaneously switched to a contemporary service format. One of the ways it looked to acvhieve this was by implementing a modern sound reinforcement system. However, as is often the case, budgets were a concern.
‘Manley Baptist came to us with aspirations for a first-rate sound reinforcement system, but since they were also building the entire sanctuary from the ground up, the budget for sound reinforcement was pretty tight,’ recalls Jon Giles, national sales manager for All Pro Sound, the A/V integration firm that was approached to design and install a solution. ‘We went back and forth to work out a solution that would meet their high expectations within budget. They started out with the not-uncommon misconception that line arrays are the beginning and end of a modern sound system. We showed them that Danley’s point source solutions offer superior fidelity and great pattern control for less money than even an inexpensive line array system.’
This led to the installation of five Danley SH-50 loudspeakers, which provide main left, centre and right coverage, three SH-95s used for down-fill and another six to cover the upper balcony. A pair of SM-60s serve as monitors for the choir. Supporting the low-end are two TH-115 subwoofers below the stage combined with two DBH-218 subwoofers flown above with the main loudspeakers.
‘Pattern control was key at Manley Baptist,’ says Bobby Taylor, vice president of business development at All Pro Sound. ‘Danley’s unique designs control frequencies that are octaves lower than conventional boxes can manage, which allowed us to concentrate the sound on the seating while minimising intelligibility-killing reflections from the walls and ceiling.’
Mr Giles reflects on the project: ‘The sound at Manley Baptist is fantastic and put them right where they wanted to be. Manley’s contemporary services have all of the impact you would expect from a high-quality concert – exactly what they were hoping for – and we managed it for a fraction of the cost of a line array.’