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A Sound Reinforcement Update

Jan 9, 2013 4:49 PM

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St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church in Des Peres, Mo., relies on a well-functioning sound reinforcement system to serve its more than 5,000 parishioners. When the old sound system started failing, the church called on local AV integrator Tech Electronics. Tech Electronics installed a new Ashly Audio headend.

“The church had last updated its equipment over a dozen years ago,” explains Tony Badamo, systems specialist at Tech Electronics. “They don’t modify their setup very often, so when they do, they want to choose an integrator and equipment that will provide a stable system to carry them far into the future. The automixers in the old system were starting to fail, as were some of the amplifiers.”

All of the loudspeakers—which are arranged as a center cluster with a left-right complement—were in good shape and left in place. Only the rack equipment needed to be replaced. To accommodate the church’s CD player input and its many microphone inputs, he outfitted an Ashly ne24.24M processor with 12 analog inputs. Eight outputs handle all of the existing loudspeakers, including a 70V system for hallways and other areas outside the sanctuary, as well as a listening assistance system. Badamo configured one of the three Ashly KLR 3200 amplifier channels to power system. The remaining channels power the house system.

An Ashly FR-16 network fader remote control provides a bank of 16 faders plus a master that communicates with any Ashly processor via a simple network connection. Each fader’s effect is fully customizable, and Badamo gave the church simple volume control of each input, along with master volume control. “I love that the volume knobs on the Ashly KLR amplifiers can be locked out,” Badamo says. “Especially in systems like this with multiple outputs, giving the user access to the volume knobs is a recipe for blown-up speakers.”


The 16-channel FR-16 network remote fader is built for facilities that use amateur operators for occasional live performances. The FR-16 can be mixed with other network remotes in a single installation via a standard Cat-5 cable. Each slider can be programmed for the right amount of volume control. The LED button at the top of each slider can be programmed as a mute or A/B source select. The FR’s can be used as either tabletop or wallmount mixers and an optional rack-mount kit is available.

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