"After West Coast installed the new McCauley MONARC MLA3 line arrays and subs, the new amplifiers and new speaker management system, we don’t have any more noise problems in our sanctuary. The sound is even, really clean and smooth. The last two weeks we’ve gotten good feed back and compliments like ‘the new system sounds a million times better and it’s easier to hear."
Calvary Temple Worship Center
The Calvary Temple Worship Center, located in Modesto California, recently upgraded their in house sound reinforcement system, based on the MONARC MLA3 line array platform. Installed by West Coast Sound and Light, the new system supports the center’s weekend worship services as well as weekday activities and the congregation.
Calvary’s head sound engineer, Justin Jones, could not be happier. “Our congregation is between 2,900 to 3,700,” said Jones. “After West Coast installed the new McCauley MONARC MLA3 line arrays and subs, the new amplifiers and new speaker management system, we don’t have any more noise problems in our sanctuary. The sound is even, really clean and smooth. The last two weeks we’ve gotten good feed back and compliments like ‘the new system sounds a million times better and it’s easier to hear.”
System designer and West Coast Sound and Light general manager Matt Cross oversaw the installation from conceptualization to installation to troubleshooting and fine tuning. He elected to install 18 MLA3s in a left center right configuration, each of the three hangs with 6 modules.
“We replaced a very old system,” Cross began. “It was about thirty years old. Calvary Temple Worship Center is very music oriented and has a very progressive pastor who expects a lot out of multi media sound so we installed a left center right system of three clusters of six cabinets as well as Crest pro series 9200 amplifiers and a dbx drive rack speaker management system. We also installed four McCauley SM 72-2 stage monitors
around the pulpit.”
Cross worked with electricians and general contractors to redesign the installation of audio distribution wiring systems throughout the sanctuary and into the spill over room.
How important is it to work with outside electrical contractors? There is a sad Associated Press news story posted on West Coast Sound and Light’s web site that illustrates the need for professional installation. The story describes how a Pastor was electrocuted after he grabbed mic during a Sunday morning baptism before a congregation of 800.
“Sometimes people get systems that are out of the box from a store based on the recommendations of someone like the church’s guitar player,” Cross explained. “Many times in cases like this, things aren’t installed professionally and tragic accidents like this can happen.” The installation project consisted of replacing the house loudspeakers with a state of the art line array system, speaker management systems, house amplifiers, patch boxes and monitors. They also had to retrofit existing conduit and re-map old wiring schemes throughout the sanctuary. The 100 by 60 foot stage needed audio support for theatrical productions as well as choir performances.
“On any given Sunday, a full drum cage, horns, guitars, a Hammond B3 organ and six to eight individually miced choir vocals are fed into 48 inputs,” Cross explained. “The old system could not reproduce the sound or provide accurate audio so we totally upgraded everything.” A new house snake was put up front with a monitor split that feeds the video editing room. An Aviom engineering monitoring system was installed along with a new 48 channel Soundcraft GB8 console to control the stage.
“We knew the line array technology could eliminate the problems of hotspots and dead spots,” Cross continued. “We wanted a wall of sound that would hit everyone in the face so we decided to go with the same McCauley technology that was chosen and installed at the Athens Olympic Stadium.”
“West Coast Sound and Light owns a full rig of MLA3 line array modules for our own production company and we use them in our installations because they are transparent and don’t color the sound. Since the music ministry at Calvary puts good stuff in, they want great sound back out and that is what they have in the newly installed system.”
“The difference is like night and day,” Cross concluded. “The sound system compliments the video system we installed. We installed two built in Sanyo XS35 projection systems as well as both theatrical and architectural lighting. Now Calvary Temple can support their Music Ministry and all other programs without worrying about what their productions will sound like or look like on the new screens.”