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Meyer Sound M'elodie is Music to the Ears at Church of God Glenmachan
From humble beginnings, Belfast's Church of God Glenmachan has seen its congregation expand steadily over the years. Recently the church undertook a major step in constructing its own sanctuary, after outgrowing its previous location at a converted nursing home. Now, Church of God Glenmachan boasts high ceilings, ample natural light, and a powerful Meyer Sound M'elodie line array loudspeaker system to provide optimum sound quality for both hymn singing and the pastor's words of lessons from the Gospel.
The new 900-seat sanctuary has been recognized with Northern Ireland's Construction Excellence Award for Best Construction, Social/Community. The project's contracting firm is Limavady-based McCloskey & O'Kane Building Company and the architect is R. Robinson & Sons, located in Ballymoney. According to Brian O'Neill of Moonlighting, Dromore-based lighting and sound specialist, the venue nevertheless presented a few acoustical challenges. "The sanctuary is beautiful to behold, but it's got a very reverberant quality to the room," says O'Neill. "The Meyer Sound system's very tight focus has made a significant improvement."
The system provided by Moonlighting comprises a center array of six M'elodie line array loudspeakers, with four more M'elodie loudspeakers along the stage lip for fill. Three UPA-2P loudspeakers and a pair of CQ-1 loudspeakers supply additional sidefill for the wide room, with four UM-1P stage monitors covering the choir and musicians. Two 700-HP subwoofers handle the low end, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system furnishes system drive and processing.
The sanctuary's great sound has led to its increasing popularity in the community as a multipurpose venue, hosting local concerts and events. "Moonlighting provides sound for the Ulster Orchestra, and they've now begun using the church for their rehearsals and performances while their own venue is closed for renovation," says O'Neill. "The Meyer Sound system has proven to be quite versatile."
The church's FOH engineer, Martin McCory, shares O'Neill's sentiments: "The M'elodie system gives us the freedom to put on a large concert, and still whisper a prayer in your ear."