Sound in the Glass Thorncrown Chapel, Part 2
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Thorncrown Chapel is a huge glass building out in the Arkansas Ozarks and they haven’t had very good luck with their sound reinforcement. That all changed when they called in FBP Systems with a Bose Panaray MA12EX system. Robert Coggins and Mark LaBouff are back to finish telling us about how it all worked out. That’s coming right up on the SVC Podcast.
Robert Coggins and Mark LaBouff from FBP Systems and the Thorncrown Chapel, an amazing place that’s almost all glass. You put in a Bose Panaray system for a solution to their sound problems. I know they had had problems in there. How long did this job take? Did you have to take out the previous sound system to get started on this one?
Robert: Yes we did. We had to take out the old system and also alter the insides of those enclosures to accommodate the MA’s. And I’d say that was probably – the first day was probably the tear out and it took two more days to install it, making sure that we did not alter that – the exterior of that architectural feature. [Timestamp: 1:30]
I know people are impressed when they first see this place, but now I figure they can also be impressed with the sound once they turn the system on. The reverberant nature of the chapel isn’t the only problem. Where are the speaker modules located in relation to the pulpit mics?
Robert: They are right behind the pulpit mic.
Okay, well if you’re going to make it difficult you might as well go all the way.
Robert: Exactly. And that really was probably the thing that really blew us away and the customer away, was the fact that he could get under that microphone and it would go all the way back to the back of the church and there was no feedback; not even a hint of feedback. [Timestamp: 2:09]
Did the solution require some substantial EQ that sort of thins out the response of the system pretty much?
Robert: No. Actually it didn’t require that much. There were a few bands that we had to address, but it was only because they had to be placed inside, you know, right up to those enclosures. And there was a little bit of resonance that I needed to address, but other than that, no, and it did not sound artificial. It didn’t sound like it was scooped out. It was very – it was natural. Very natural. [Timestamp: 2:38]
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