Sound in the Glass Thorncrown Chapel, Part 2
And what’s the sort of control philosophy in Thorncrown Chapel? Do they want to have a live operator? I think they have a little bit of live music in there. Or do they want to just put everything in a closet and have it all be automatic?
Robert: They do adjust it a little bit, but there aren’t that many permutations, so it really – they can get back there and adjust it quickly because it’s just right around the corner from the pulpit. But for the most part they kind of set it and forget it. Once it’s dialed in, it’s there, but if they need to plug something in they can. It’s fairly small as far as how many channels they’ve got, but they really don’t have the great need. It’s just mainly the challenge of location and acoustics. [Timestamp: 3:20]
Just a few simple things but just to be sure that those work. I think those amplifiers, let’s see, those are the Bose PowerMatch PM8500N amps.
Robert: Yes. Yes.
And they have onboard DSP?
Robert: Yes. I was able to use and do everything that I needed to do with the DSP that’s onboard the 8500N. And we experienced that on other installs that we’ve used that amplifier on. It’s fantastic. [Timestamp: 3:46]
And those have some remote control capability. Isn’t there an option for that?
Robert: Well, it is an option. In fact there’s the option to network that amplifier with other amplifiers and see that in your control space software. And then you can also add a card to link all those with the PM link and jump those amplifiers with an optical cable. At first I was a little reluctant because we were using optical cables, but it’s fantastic and I’ve used it ever since on every single install that we do, and we use the 8500’s. Typically we use 8500N’s with that link. [Timestamp: 4:28]
And technology marches on. There’s no telling what may be added later. And I think there’s an input expansion slot on there just in case they come up with something new for a source.
Robert: Well, yes you do and on the DSP side of it, using the Bose DSP, we just recently completed a project where we used a Dante input card and we were able to interface via the Dante network to the DSP unit. [Timestamp: 4:58]
Seeing a lot of that now and more to come, I’m sure. We talked a little about this in part one but what are they doing with this system? What kind of services have they got going on in Thorncrown Chapel? I believe you said they have a little bit of music involved.
Robert: It’s a traditional service; not really high impact. However, it does – they do have playback tracks and they have a piano and acoustic guitar. So it does need to provide musicality and speech. [Timestamp: 5:26]
Okay. Well, nothing like upping the degree of difficulty in that acoustic environment. But you guys got in there and how did things go when you rang it all out and tested it?
Robert: It was really good. The front to back was remarkable. In the immediate area around the pulpit, because of those enclosures, there was a little resonance. It was a little bit of a 500 thing that I didn’t really have to adjust too much, but just enough to – I was hearing it and we could see it a little bit, and just took that out and for the most part the rest of it was just – it was easy. It really didn’t require that much. [Timestamp: 6:02]
And in the show notes we’ll have some links to some very impressive pictures from just about every angle on their website. So you’ve got this one done now. What’s coming up next for FBP Systems?
Robert: We’re really excited. We just added a new office in Elgin, Illinois, so now we have three offices. And we’ve also got – we’ve got some church projects, we’ve got some training facility projects, we’ve got casinos, just a lot of things going on right now. We’re really excited about that new office that we just put in Illinois. [Timestamp: 6:35]
Keeping busy with more projects. Robert Coggins and Mark LaBouff. Mark was hiding in the background there. So we’re glad to have you on the SVC Podcast with the amazing Thorncrown Chapel. Thanks for being here.
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