Gateway Fellowship first HOW to install Meyer Sound Leopard

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Gateway Fellowship first HOW to install Meyer Sound Leopard

USA: The worship arts ministry at Gateway Fellowship, seeking an adaptable and powerful system to meet the diverse musical styles incorporated in worship at the church, has become the first house of worship to install Meyer Sound’s new Leopard line array.

‘Leopard was a perfect fit across the board as soon as it was introduced,’ reported Chad Rose, the church’s worship arts pastor, who cited spoken-word clarity, power, coverage, size, weight and budget as factors guiding the system search. ‘I was amazed by the clarity and intelligibility.’

Leopard, dubbed a ‘compact linear sound reinforcement system’ by Meyer Sound, is the smallest member of the Meyer Leo family. ‘Our church has difficult acoustics, and our worship services cover everything from pipe organ to contemporary band music,’ Mr Rose said, in describing the multi-generational Washington state church. ‘On all counts, Leopard has met or exceeded our expectations. The only thing I can compare it to is listening to studio monitors, or a premium hi-fi system. It doesn’t sound like your typical PA.’

Gateway Fellowship’s new system deploys twin arrays of eight Leopard line array loudspeakers each, supported by three under-stage 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements. Six UPM-1XP loudspeakers supply front fill, and a Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system with one Galileo Callisto 616 array processor takes the signals from a Yamaha CL5 digital console. The system was designed and supplied by Lake Forest, Illinois-based TC Furlong Inc, a professional audio company specialising in sound system design and equipment rentals and sales.

The church’s senior pastor, Tom Duchemin, tested the new system by speaking through his DPA headworn microphone. ‘We had no feedback correction EQ on the console, yet we could turn him up far louder than we would ever need to on Sunday, even when he walked out to the middle of the seating,’ reported Mr Rose.

The Leopard solution was recommended by TC Furlong. ‘I’ve been working with Meyer Sound for 25 years, and I knew I could rely on the MAPP XT system design tool and SIM 3 audio analyser which guaranteed that predicted performance would be realised on site,’ said Mr Furlong. ‘I’m extremely pleased with the results at Gateway, and will recommend Leopard again in a heartbeat.’

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