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Driving growth at Immanuel Nashville

Driving growth at Immanuel Nashville

Driving growth at Immanuel Nashville


Immanuel Nashville recently moved to a larger, 1,000-seat sanctuary due to continuous growth since it was established 10 years ago. Based in the music city, the church holds traditional services, as well as staging a full band, blending traditional hymns with more contemporary music.

After making do with a temporary system when it first moved into its new premises, Immanuel Nashville hired local AV systems integrator Essential Audio to design and install a new permanent sound reinforcement system. Due to the sanctuary’s wide, fan-shaped seating area, Essential Audio chose Danley Sound Labs solutions with their point source loudspeaker pattern control, which provides for three separate zones of left and right stereo imagery, while also functioning as an exploded mono system for speech applications. Danley subwoofers and multichannel amplifiers were also installed.

‘I met Immanuel Nashville’s communications director, Brian Bobel, at a friend’s backyard campfire, and we got to talking about the church’s need for someone to take a big-picture look at their AVL equipment, which had been put together a piece at a time over the last decade,’ recalled Ben Williams, owner of Essential Audio. ‘They were making the best of a tough situation: a pair of loudspeakers on poles meant to cover a very wide, fan-shaped seating area. There were huge variations in the coverage. Some people were getting blasted and some people got almost no direct energy at all. It wasn’t a viable situation even for the most skillful engineer.’

The system Essential Audio installed comprises eight Danley SH69 loudspeakers configured into three clusters and a pair of out-fills, flown across the front of the stage. Six of the loudspeakers form three stereo systems for musical content and two serve as a centre channel for the spoken word. Two Danley TH118 subwoofers hang from the middle of the room for low-end support, while three 10k4 Pro amplifiers provide 12 channels of power for the system. A Symetrix Prism DSP handles all routing and processing for the hybrid ‘zoned stereo’ for music and ‘exploded mono’ (speech) imaging for speech. The Solus outputs Dante to the Danley 10k4 Pro amplifiers.

‘I was able to put the transitions in the aisles, and there are no phase issues between adjacent boxes,’ explained Williams. ‘In addition, the church gets way better feedback control onstage and minimises the diffuse energy throughout the room, but especially at the back. We can often build Danley systems without front-fill or delays because the pattern does such a good job of keeping energy on the seats and not elsewhere. The staff at Immanuel Nashville are really pleased with the power and fidelity of the new system. Their technical director, Jason Cheek, was on hand when I first fired things up before commissioning, which usually makes me a little nervous. But he was blown away by how consistent it was and with the coherence of the stereo image.’

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