Pearl City Church connects with d&b’s Y-Series and Avid
INDIA: Music is a critical element in worship at Pearl City Church, located in Film Nagar in the capital of the southern India state of Telangana, Hyderabad. ‘Pearl City Church works to highlight the teachings of God by sharing the message and good news that’s mentioned in the Holy Book, through various forms of praise and worship services in which music is a vital component,’ explains Sukesh Hickson – a veteran pro audio professional who is also a technical director at the Pearl City Church. ‘We’re a church with a strength of over 1800 active members, with our very own full-scale band, who are pretty much the life of the Church. That the entire congregation unanimously participates throughout the service is a testimony to how important music actually is to the church and its congregation.’
When the church leadership determined that a new sound system was needed, Mr Hickson explains, the criteria developed included high quality audio performance, faithful coverage for the entire congregation, with efficiency and ease of operation. Along the course of its search the church delegation met with Ansata – distribution partners for pro audio brands like Avid and d&b Audiotechnik, with Mr Hickson acting as the technical advisor on behalf of the church. After a quick site survey, team Ansata lead by Neil Lean, drew up a comprehensive pro audio system plan for the Pearl City Church leadership, keeping in mind Pearl City Church’s requirements for the space in terms of performance and upkeep, ease of use, aesthetic appeal, economic viability and total value for money. The audio architecture devised by Ansata involved the use of Y-series loudspeaker system from manufacturers d&b Audiotechnik, along with an S3L mixing console solution from Avid.
The loudspeaker solution consists a total of eight Y8, 2-way passive line array elements along with four of the larger format Y12, 2-way passive array cabinets, all powered three D20 power amplifiers. Six actively driven Y-Sub cabinets round out the system.
‘We devised this system keeping in mind the various points that Sukesh and the key members of the church leadership had discussed with us during our meetings,’ says Mr Lean. ‘With all the details in place, we figured that the d&b Y-Series would be the best fit for the project, owing to its compact structure, aesthetically pleasing appearance and of course its massive performance, all of which comes in an easy to use and maintain package. And progressing on the fundamental of “easy to use,” the Avid S3L console system proved to be the perfect icing on the cake, as it completes this most effective, powerful and high-quality audio system that the community members at Pearl City Church needed and deserved. The congregation, much like the leadership, are extremely dynamic and very welcoming in matters of advanced technology. We’re grateful for all the help and support that our team received from Sukesh and all the members of Pearl City Church, which is why the end result is such a magnificent sounding church room.’
Mr Hickson says that the church leadership and congregation are pleased with the work of the Ansata team, and the performance of the upgrades. ‘The new system is absolutely fantastic. It is so easy to use, and the best part is that it delivers crystal clear sound all across the room. Our pastors have mentioned that there’s a distinct vibe of increased quality, creating a better environment to worship.’