Sound from the centre of Oasis
UK: Established in South London during the late 1980s, Trinity Baptist Church now reaches worshippers in Italy, Norway, Denmark, and Ghana, as well as across the UK. Continuing its expansion, the ministry recently converted a large warehouse in its home city to serve as its newest worship facility.
Named Oasis House, the new campus accommodates 900 followers in its main auditorium, which is accompanied by a sports hall, café, meeting and training rooms and children’s’ play areas on site. A sound system combining solutions from Proel and its Axiom brand has been installed throughout the facility by Lagniappe. With so many areas to cover, a 32-zone audio distribution system was ultimately required.
‘We started off with an eight-zone system, and realised very quickly that they needed a lot more,’ says Roddy Maharaj, Lagniappe project manager. ‘We have ended up with a total of 32 zones.’
The church selected the Axiom and Proel solution following a demonstration of an Axiom PA system. Proel’s design team then prepared an EASE simulation that determined the design required for the main auditorium. ‘The shape of the room and the raked seating layout immediately suggested that a single centrally placed source would work well, providing a stable image and optimal arrival times for the whole audience,’ recalls Daniele Massaccesi, export sales engineer at Proel.
The main PA system is formed of eight Axiom AX2065P loudspeakers flown over the centre of the stage in two arrays of four. These reportedly provide sufficient coverage for the entire sanctuary with the 110° horizontal coverage they offer, and are complemented by two pairs of SW215P subwoofers, which are installed under the left and right of the stage. For front-fill, Axiom ED23P cabinets have been built into the risers of the central steps and ED25Ps are fitted into the wrap-around wings of the stage. For monitoring, 10 of the brand's CX15A enclosures can be connected to any 16 stage concealed stage box positions. ‘For a modestly sized system the PA reaches easily up to the back of the main room,’ notes Oasis House's chief sound engineer, Joseph Arthur.
At FOH, a Cadac CDC eight-32 digital mixing console provides control over 16 onstage mic channels and the feeds from the live band. A pair of Axiom QC2.4 two-channel DSP amplifiers and three QC4.4 four-channel versions drive the audio system, networked using Pronet AX software and connected to a laptop for monitoring and making adjustments remotely.
Outside of the main auditorium, a Proel system extends coverage to a 300-seat overflow area behind a glass panel at the rear of the auditorium, as well as throughout the six first floor training rooms and nine on the ground floor, the crèche and children’s play rooms, the café, the sports hall, the pastors’ main suites and training rooms, reception rooms and the main lobby.
At the heart of this system is four Matrix88 zone matrix systems with a PASource CD/MP3/FM tuner, an AMix63 nine-channel mixer, five AUP4125S four-channel and four AUP4250S four-channel amplifiers. Proel XE51CT ceiling speakers are deployed across the training rooms and the main lobby area, while CS30HFT models cover the auditorium’s overspill areas and the café.
‘We are extremely pleased with the result,’ confirms Mr Arthur. ‘We are already looking at developing further projects both here in London and abroad.’