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Jan 18, 2012 1:07 PM, By Carolyn Heinze

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Evangel Church in Kansas City, Mo. wanted to provide its contemporary touring shows with more power, Special Events Services replaced legacy equipment with the Meyer Sound M'elodie line array system.

The Underpowered Touring Venue

Meyer Sound M’elodie

As its programming shifted to incorporate a more contemporary style of worship, an attracted an array of touring praise bands, the leadership at the Evangel Church in Kansas City, Mo., recognized the need to replace a hodge-podge of legacy equipment with a purpose-built system.

Special Event Services—a design and installation firm based in Winston-Salem, N.Carolina—set out to give the 1,200-seat Evangel Church the kind of fidelity and sound-reinforcement that would support high-quality visiting acts.

Evangel Church resembles a concert venue with its flat front floor and rear stadium seating, but with limited power. Greg Slape, director of design-build services at Special Event Services, and a former pastor himself, looked at the physical and a programming factors and specified a Meyer Sound-based system design incorporating powerful stacks of M’elodie line arrays, supported with additional arrays, subs, fill speakers, and monitors.

Three M’elodie line arrays stacked eight high cover the majority of the front floor and stadium seating. Four Meyer 600-HP subwoofers cover the lower frequencies, with two Meyer M1D line arrays for front fills. Two Meyer UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers are used for corner fills, and two UPM-1P loudspeakers provide choir monitoring overhead. A pair of UM-100P stage monitors support an existing in-ear foldback system. The entire system is managed by a Galileo loudspeaker management system, which is connected to an Avid Venue Profile console via a direct AES3 digital connection.

Slape recounts that the system proved the best match for Evangel Church not only due to its fidelity, but also because of its size and power efficiency, which addressed the facility’s power limitations. There was also another practical aspect to Slape’s choice: “There is a large rental supplier of Meyer products in town, and they can use them for other events when they need to augment this system,” he says, adding that the elements that factored into his selection were multi-faceted. “For myself, this is how I approach all of these projects: Not all of our projects are Meyer; not all of them are other brands. They really should—and hopefully do—reflect a comprehensive approach to their needs and requirements.” This means that programming outside of regular Sunday services must also be taken into consideration.

Having been a pastor himself before going into design/build, Slape is a well-placed witness to the evolution of AV in the house of worship market. He relays that the while churches have been integrating audiovisual technology into their facilities for quite some time, there is now an increased awareness of just how important this practice has become. “This has been going on for a long time,” he says, “Congregations are growing older; there are younger people coming in, and music styles are changing, and that will go on as long as the church is vibrant in the world.”

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