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Martin Audio enrols at Silver Lake College chapel

Martin Audio enrols at Silver Lake College chapel

Martin Audio enrols at Silver Lake College chapel


A Martin Audio CDD system has been installed inside the chapel at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Design and installation was carried out by DP Design.

‘[The college] has a beautiful old chapel and we upgraded the PA because the original system was old and very much showing its age,’ explained DP Design’s David Price. ‘They couldn’t hear anything or anyone other than the pipe organ with the original sound system. The chapel is a very reverberant space and there was no intelligibility whatsoever, not unusual for that type of venue – lots of hard surfaces with nothing to absorb the sound. They wanted it to feel like a church in terms of sound but they needed an intelligible system that provided consistent coverage evenly from front to back.’

The DP Design team hung a pair of Martin Audio CDD10 speakers, painted white to match the chapel ceiling, above the space in front of the stage. For delays, they used a further two CDD10s approximately halfway down the 30m-long chapel. All of the speakers were flown horizontally for aesthetic purposes.

In addition, a BSS processor was provided, offering the priests control via an iPad. Voices are captured through a combination of DPA lapel microphones and Shure QLX-D wireless systems.

‘The CDDs were the perfect choice because of their wide coverage pattern towards the bottom, narrowing towards the top which does provide a longer throw with more consistent frequency response and SPL from front to back and side to side,’ added Mr Price. ‘The organ isn’t amplified, but they do plug in other instruments like electric piano, violin or cello from time to time for special occasions in what is a formal, liturgical space.’

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