Located in the north-west suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee, Temple Church is a striking, angular building where music features heavily in worship services. Featuring a gospel choir, full band, soloists and enthusiastic participation from the congregation, a high-quality sound reinforcement system was needed, but one which could seamlessly fill the large fan-shaped nave of this modern church. Finding the right system was difficult, but once the church staff heard Alcons Audio’s pro-ribbon technology, they knew it was the right solution.
Eddy Hobby of Nashville-based Prosonic AVL maintains the church AV systems and was looking for a high quality, powerful system, which could be precisely aligned but which was also visually discreet.
“Being in Nashville, the church has a lot of talented musicians and singers. The musical director has very high standards and quality bass was also really important,” he says. “They wanted great sound, but it was also important that there were no sightline issues between the congregation and the video screens.”
Eddy was introduced to Alcons Audio systems by company representative Scott Hough of Griffith Sales. Eddy was impressed enough to ask the company’s North America Sales Manager David Rahn to demonstrate an Alcons system.
As the church’s band and choir do a full rehearsal on Thursday evenings, David chose that time to demonstrate the system. He set up a rig based on two arrays of the LR16 compact line-array module, which not only showcased the audio quality of the system, but also how it could be aligned to seamlessly cover the large, triangular space.
“The room is around 160º wide, so getting the coverage right was crucial. At the same time, they still wanted a really big, immersive sound,” he says. “Due to architectural and rigging challenges, the left and right arrays had to be flown close together, almost as a dual central cluster. Mitigating the interference between the two line arrays was also challenging. However, due to the precise accuracy of the cylindrical wavefront along, with a centrally deployed RR12 point source array module, the transitions were incredibly smooth, and the achieved coverage was optimal and precise.”
The demo was a complete success, with the church so impressed that it chose a system that was almost identical to the rig that David had presented.
The installed system comprises six LR16 compact line-array modules and one LR16B compact line-array bass module per side, flown close to each other above the front center of the stage, but angled outwards to cover the whole congregation. A single RR12 point-source array module is flown between them, angled down for front fill, with a BQ211 compact high-output subwoofer floor-mounted each side of the stage. The whole system is powered and controlled by three Sentinel10 amplified loudspeaker controllers.
“We were all floored by the demo,” says Carlos Jarrett, Temple Church’s chief sound engineer. “We had never experienced anything like that quality and coverage before. When the band and choir are in full voice there is a lot of sound coming from the stage, but the gain before feedback of the Alcons system was exceptional. We had no hesitation in specifying it for the church.”
The ‘out of the box’ usability of Alcons systems meant that, once the system was set up, it was straightforward to tune, meaning the church could quickly start to enjoy its benefits.
“Our services feature a range of music styles. Some are very ‘full on’, whereas others are more subtle,” says Carlos. “Of course, speech is also incredibly important for worship and the Alcons systems copes equally well with absolutely everything we do. It has been a fantastic addition.”
“I was very impressed by the musical talent and energy in Temple Church and their enthusiasm for high quality sound,” adds David. “I am really pleased that they chose Alcons to be a part of their worship. They really appreciate the quality of what our pro-ribbon technology delivers.”