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The Grove becomes more contemporary

The Grove becomes more contemporary

The Grove becomes more contemporary


The Grove Community Church in Riverside, California built its current worship centre more than 12 years ago. Since then, the church has moved towards more of a contemporary style of music. This led to a decision to explore potential new sound systems and the church turned to CCI Solutions, the systems integrator that installed the worship centre’s original sound system, which recommended L-Acoustics Kara(i) and Kiva II systems.

‘The Grove definitely takes a more contemporary approach to music,’ said CCI Solutions vice president of sales and integration Duke DeJong. ‘Their team is highly creative and dynamic, so they mix it up pretty regularly, going from a traditional worship set with a 25-piece choir and full orchestra one week to a high-energy, modern worship music set the next. They really needed a system that could handle it all and we knew that L-Acoustics would certainly deliver.’

CCI Solutions project lead Mark Pearson used L-Acoustics’ Soundvision 3D real-time acoustical modelling software to trial several designs and produce the final setup, comprising left and right main arrays of 11 Kara(i) enclosures with eight SB18i subs flown in a central horizontal array between them. Outer left and right arrays of six of the smaller Kiva II enclosures ensure coverage for the far left and right seating areas in the wide auditorium. In addition, KS28 subs have been ground-stacked two per side under each end of the stage thrust and a range of coaxial X8 and X12 cabinet are used for various fills. Eight of the French manufacturer’s amplified controllers power the entire system – six LA8 for the Kara, Kiva II and SB18i units, an LA4X for the coaxial fills, and an LA12X for the KS28s.

‘Thanks to the right products and people, this project was a huge success and I would rank it in my top three system designs of my 20-year history at CCI Solutions,’ said Pearson. ‘The Grove has a very unique creative team that pulls out all the stops; it has been such a blessing to work with them for more than a decade. They not only appreciate the use of the right technology but have a huge amount of trust in CCI Solutions as a partner in creating an environment to support their vision and equip them with the tools to minister to their community. They value their investment knowing that the transparency and fullness that comes from L-Acoustics is nothing but the best. This system is a thrill to hear.’

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