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Controlling reverb at Our Lady of Good Counsel

Controlling reverb at Our Lady of Good Counsel

Controlling reverb at Our Lady of Good Counsel

Bose solutions provide speech intelligibility within the 19th-century church


Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Moorestown, New Jersey dates back to the 19th century; the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features soaring ceilings supported by tall pillars. These features create high reverberation, which, while pleasing to the ear, can wreak havoc for intelligibility when reinforcing speech. Therefore, when the opportunity presented itself during a building renovation project, the church hired AV systems integrator Whitaker Brothers North to design and install a new sound system.

Bose Professional Panaray MSA12X digital beam-steering loudspeakers form the core of the new sound setup, along with the manufacturer’s FreeSpace speakers and ControlSpace processors, to direct speech directly towards the congregation and away from the reverberant surfaces up high.

Seven MSA12X loudspeakers are mounted on the sanctuary’s columns – six facing the congregation and one on the front column that serves as a monitor for those on the altar. A ControlSpace ESP-1240 processor, controlled via a ControlSpace CC-64 wall-mounted control panel, manages the system.

In addition, the choir loft at the rear of the church has also been equipped with a new sound system. The choir’s own PA system comprises a pair of Bose Panaray 402 Series IV arrays driven by a PowerShare PS602 amplifier. A pair of Bose FreeSpace DS-16 loudspeakers are used as monitors for the choir.

‘Speech intelligibility had been a problem for some time, as had achieving even coverage,’ explained Kevin Whitaker Jr, operations manager at Whitaker Brothers North. ‘The existing sound system was 12 years old, and there were substantial gaps in its coverage, front-to-back and left-to-right.

‘The Panaray MSA12X came along at just the right time — we needed the kind of coverage it could provide but we also had to keep the speakers mounted higher on the columns, for aesthetic reasons. A typical linear array would have had to have been installed at a lower level, which would have interfered with the look they wanted to achieve.’

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