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Taking a Church from a Temporary Setup to a Permanent Install, Part 2

Mar 21, 2013 11:50 AM, With Bennett Liles

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First Church of the Nazarene in Marion, Ohio set up in a gymnasium for a year while their new sanctuary was being built next door. Now they’re in the new place and using much of the same AV gear, outfitted by Elite Multimedia of Memphis, Tenn. Wade Russell is here to give us the story on how they handled acoustics, sound, and video, up next on the SVC Podcast.

Wade Russell, with Elite Multimedia in Memphis, Tenn. Thanks for being back for part two and the First Church of the Nazarene in Marion, Ohio. Big job you did for them there. You had to move them out and into a gymnasium for a whole year while their new sanctuary was being built. In part one we talked about the temporary system you had set up in the gym, pretty much mobile, to make room for other events. Then you outfitted the whole new facility once it was finished. Now did you do anything in the way of acoustic treatment for the new worship center there?

Yes. We were able to design the acoustics for the new worship center using Purdue Acoustics panels, and we designed the layout and did the install for that and it really turned out to be a great sounding room. We used 1in. and 2in. absorption panels and they’re throughout the whole room, really. And it’s kind of a fan-shaped room and that means with the balcony on the sides, kind of gallery seating and then the main floor as well there. [Timestamp: 1:47]

I would think that after having services in a gymnasium for a year, they were really impressed with the acoustics in the new place.

Yeah, it was definitely a huge change going from a gym to a designed and well-thought-out building and install that had many, many planning meetings and a bunch of different implementation thought of to be able to achieve the acoustics that we wanted in that facility. And so it was a huge, huge difference for them. I mean we heard lots of good comments, definitely, the first Sunday that they were in there. [Timestamp: 2:22]

And this was all new construction. The whole building was brand new. Yes, sir. They built the facility on their grounds at which they actually had their old worship center on. They had to take that worship center down and then build where it used to be. And so they built that from scratch—just built it up—and we were fortunate enough to be involved early in the game and be able to make notes onto the drawings and communicate with contractors and architects and the builder and all that fun stuff. So it was a good project to be involved in the early stage. [Timestamp: 2:58]

A huge advantage being able to get in on the planning and the construction. So you got them moved into the new facility. Tell me about the sound system you put in for them there.

We utilized Electro-Voice to cover all of the main auditorium. We put in two dual 18in. subwoofers. All the Electro-Voice speakers are powered with EV CPS amps under the control of NetMax DSP. It really turned out to be a good solution and very pleased with the versatility of the system. It’s got plenty of gas behind it as well as the quality is there, and the client is very, very pleased with how it sounds. So Electro-Voice really came through on this project for us. [Timestamp: 3:40]

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