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2009 Best House of Worship AV Project (Under $250K)

The 1,500-seat sanctuary of the Cathedral of Christ the Light is the centerpiece of the Diocese of Oakland, Calif.?s Cathedral Center. It?s an architectural landmark and an acoustical challenge.

AV Consultant: Shen Milsom & Wilke, San Francisco

Shen Milsom and Wilke came up with creative acoustical solutions for the Cathedral of Christ the Light, including wood canopies over the choir and opposite the altar. Speakers in the canopies help provide sound coverage.

Shen Milsom & Wilke came up with creative acoustical solutions for the Cathedral of Christ the Light, including wood canopies over the choir and opposite the altar. Speakers in the canopies help provide sound coverage.

Credit: Dennis A. Paoletti

The 1,500-seat sanctuary of the Cathedral of Christ the Light is the centerpiece of the Diocese of Oakland, Calif.’s Cathedral Center. It’s an architectural landmark and an acoustical challenge. Moreover, the audio systems were clearly meant to be heard, not seen. For example, the SLS Audio loudspeaker system for speech sound reinforcement, designed to direct sound energy only on the seating area, was integrated behind a pair of slotted openings in the concrete reliquary wall on either side of the altar, as well as around the baptistery at the rear of the Cathedral (see photos).

The church employs a variety of wireless technologies, including Countryman mics, Shure antenna systems, and Listen Technologies assistive listening devices. Audio signals are routed digitally via a ClearOne 12x12 Converge Pro SR1212 matrix mixer and everything is controlled using an AMX NetLinx NI-2100 controller with auto presets.

The Equipment

Following is a partial list if the manufacturers whose products were used in this 2009 PRO AV Spotlight Award-winning project.

Credit: Dennis A. Paoletti

Credit: Dennis A. Paoletti

AMX
ClearOne
Countryman
Crown
Da-Lite
JBL
Listen Technologies
Middle Atlantic
Radio Design Labs
Sharp
Shure
SurgeX



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