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Meyer Sound Boosts Church Satellite Launch

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"Everybody was blown away by the sound. Right from the first weekend, I heard people say it was the best sound they'd heard at any of our campuses."

- Matt Wheeler
Audio Manager, Fellowship Church

How does a church grow larger without building a larger church? Increasingly, AV technology holds the answer to this perplexing riddle. To cope with mushrooming growth, Fellowship Church of Grapevine, Texas, in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, has launched associated satellite campuses in nearby communities, currently totaling six buildings on four campuses. To some extent each has its own identity, yet Fellowship Church as a whole fosters a common sense of mission by linking new locations to the main campus with technology. Every week, for example, the message from senior pastor Ed Young, Jr. is presented to the outlying locations as "virtually live," thanks to high definition video and pristine audio as reproduced through Meyer Sound curvilinear array loudspeakers.

The first permanent satellite campus of Fellowship Church is housed in a former Fujitsu warehouse in Plano. The worship center portion of the complex is an essentially square space with a maximum seating capacity of about 1,200. A generous stage area accommodates the praise band and singers, while behind the stage two standard definition video screens provide visuals and image magnification. A large center screen drops down and covers the entire stage area for the message from Pastor Young, presented slightly larger-than-life as a single camera, lock-down, high definition image.

Design and implementation of the video facilities and the accompanying Meyer Sound audio systems were contracted to Clark ProMedia of Alpharetta, Ga., Clark ProMedia's chief engineer, George Clark, developed the sound system design in close consultation with Mike Walker, production director for Fellowship Church, and Matt Wheeler, audio manager responsible for all church sound facilities.

Even before Clark was brought on board, Wheeler was tilting toward a Meyer Sound line array solution. "When I first looked at the room, I knew I wanted to cover it all from the main clusters, with no rear delays," comments Wheeler. "That's always my preference. I suggested to George that we try the M1Ds, and then he ran the numbers in MAPP (Meyer Sound MAPP Online acoustical prediction software) to come up with an appropriate design."

Adds Clark, "The line array solution worked very well in this case because we had a trim height of over 40 feet. We had plenty of room to hang systems that would work the way a line array is supposed to."

As installed, the system employs left and right main arrays of M1D ultra-compact curvilinear loudspeakers, 11 per side, with deep bass supplied by four 700-HP ultrahigh-power subwoofers. Two UPA-2P compact narrow coverage loudspeakers fill in the far outside corners. An LD-3 compensating line driver provides processing and system drive.

Due to the fast-track building schedule, the church opened for its first services before Clark's planned acoustical treatments had been completed. To Wheeler's relief, he found the precise directivity of the M1D arrays kept the sound well controlled. "Everybody was blown away by the sound. Right from the first weekend, I heard people say it was the best sound they'd heard at any of our campuses. After the treatment went in, the imaging tightened up and the sound was even more impressive."

The Plano campus is not the church's first experience with Meyer Sound, in fact, several of the campuses have Meyer Sound installations. Given previous successes with those systems, there is little surprise that the Plano satellite system, according to Wheeler, is performing at or beyond expectations, and has proven well worth the investment. "Before we started working with Clark ProMedia, we found most installation contractors would shy away from Meyer systems, calling them too esoteric or too expensive. But when you look at what it costs to build an amp room, wire up racks of amplifiers, and pay for a lot of extra processing, Meyer's self-powered speakers fall in the same ballpark. Also, you save time because the Meyer speaker sounds good right out of the cardboard box."

August, 2005

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