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Slimming sound in Coulommiers

Slimming sound in Coulommiers

Slimming sound in Coulommiers


Eglise Saint-Denis-Sainte-Foy recently hired MDS Audio to improve sound for its Catholic congregation. The systems integrator installed Yamaha VXL series slim line array loudspeakers in an effort to not compromise the historic church’s aesthetics.

‘I initially looked at a solution by another manufacturer, but then I became aware of the Yamaha VXL series,’ explained Pierre Vandekerckhove, technical director at MDS Audio. ‘I realised that the 170° horizontal coverage would make high quality sound in the side aisles possible, helping to deliver an economical solution that would perform very well.’

Eglise Saint-Denis-Sainte-Foy is located 65km east of Paris, in Coulommiers. The vertically directional qualities of the VXL assists in steering sound away from the reflective walls and vaulted ceiling. Vandekerckhove and his team installed a pair of VXL1W-24 and four VXL1W-16 enclosures in three rows of two along the nave. Meanwhile, two VXL1W-8s cover the altar. The entire setup is powered by XMV4280 and P3500S amplifiers, managed by an MTX3 matrix processor and controlled from an DCP1V4S surface-mount unit.

‘With the MTX3’s VXL EQ bank, Dan Dugan auto mixing and the ease of programming delays for each row, we have a well tuned system that has produced much better overall coverage of the church, explained Vandekerckhove. ‘The directivity of the VXL1-8s at the altar has also proved very impressive at preventing feedback. The DCP1V4S makes the system incredibly easy for church staff, but the slim size of the VXL1s make them blend beautifully into the décor.’

The church is said to be very happy with the Yamaha system. ‘The intelligibility for parishioners is so much better, it’s incomparable to the previous system,’ said Vandekerckhove. ‘They will definitely recommend the system and installation to their peers.’

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