Nestled in the middle of the Scottish town of Lenzie, six miles north of Glasgow, is the Lenzie Union Church of Scotland. It is a traditional church building with a long and tall main sanctuary that houses a balcony to the rear. This can of course make intelligibility a challenge and so to ensure clarity for the music and spoken word during its services, the church turned to systems integrator Toasty Audio for a new PA setup.
‘To deliver a consistent and distributed volume, we chose HK Audio Elements E 435 mini line arrays for mid/highs throughout,’ recalls Toasty Audio owner and engineer Alaistair Deacon. ‘Three pairs of E 435s are mounted along each length of the sanctuary with an additional pair as side-fill in the transept area. The excellent directivity spreads the sound evenly throughout the area, while minimising reflections from the ceilings and floors, providing the clarity required.’
Bass is handled by a pair of HK Audio’s E 210 Sub AS subwoofers located on the floor in front of the main organ pipes. The manufacturer’s Premium PR:0 10 XD monitors serve the band area. A PreSonus StudioLive Series III console and three Lab.gruppen E 8:2 Class D installation amplifiers provide control and power for the entire setup. The StudioLive desk is programmed with multiple matrix outputs with associated EQ and delays to drive the E 8:2s directly and it can deliver sermon recordings direct to SD card. Delays were set up throughout the system to minimise the reverberant effects within the long room.
‘We were delighted with the way the team from Toasty Audio worked closely with us and the Church of Scotland's Committee on Church Art and Architecture to ensure that the installation met all the architecture guidelines, with the speakers being very discrete and all the cabling hidden within the wall,’ comments Margaret McCartney, convener of the church’s communications team.
‘I was so impressed with the sound of the HK Audio speakers when they were demonstrated,’ adds Reverend Dan Carmichael. ‘I didn’t know that different speakers would have such an impact on the sound quality.’