EAW Qx500 Installation Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, CO.
EAW Qx500 Installation
With Pike’s Peak large in the distance, The Village Seven Presbyterian Church is northeast of Colorado Springs in the neighborhood known as Village Seven.
The church (www.v7pc.org) has grown from meeting in a local school to its present sanctuary, with balcony, capable of combined seating in excess of 1600 worshipers. Completed in 1992, the worship space had a sound system designed primarily for speech amplification causing major challenges for more dynamic musical programming.
FOH Engineer, John Doryk, knew the system needed help. As an award winning composer and sound designer for both film and television (www.johndoryk.com), he became convinced that it was time to stop adding fixes to a system that was long overdue for an upgrade. For the design solution he called on Zebedee Systems (www.zbd.us) of Pompano Beach, Florida.
In a process that took several months, an early design called for 18 cabinets, three line arrays of 6 boxes each in a center spread configuration. This design was sensitive to the entire space including the difficult above and below balcony spaces. But during the process, EAW introduced the new Qx500 series and the design features caught the attention of Sandy Arnold, VP Design & Engineering for Zebedee Systems.
He explained, “The new cabinet from EAW uses modular line array technology that allows it to be tuned for the space in both vertical and horizontal directions.”
This allowed the design to be simplified so that the total number of cabinets went from 18 to just 6. Referring to the new EAW Qx Series, Arn
old shared, “We found it does three times the work of its predecessors and we achieved a 30% reduction in the overall system cost for the church.”
As an additional benefit, the church discovered that almost all the proposals for acoustic treatment they thought would be needed (with price tags from $50k – $125k) became unnecessary. “We were simply amazed by the difference these speakers made to our room!” beamed Richard Hunt, the Music Director at the church. Besides dreading the expense of the work, the music department was afraid it would also overly dampen the room’s acoustics and harm the sound of the organ, orchestra, and choir which are very important elements for the churches large traditional service.
The Contemporary Worship Leader at the church, Mark Tedder, wasn’t the only one impressed with the detail that could be achieved in the mix. Without seeing them up close, technicians could actually tell the bass guitarist was using round wound versus flat wound strings and the drummer had a plastic shaker. Incredible. Doryk reflected that the “detail is similar to my studio monitors.”
It should be noted that Doryk had already been upgrading the microphone inventory to Neumann and Shure KSM microphones and also recently installed a new Allen & Heath T-112 digital mixer. For the detail lovers, the paired arrays utilize the Qx564i on top to cover the balcony and a Qx596i for the main floor seating and achieved a consistency within 2db across any seat in the house.
For more information contact:
John Doryk, Village Seven Presbyterian Church, www.v7pc.org
Sandy Arnold, Zebedee Systems, www.zbd.us