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Golden Gate Cathedral welcomes new Community

Golden Gate Cathedral welcomes new Community

Golden Gate Cathedral welcomes new Community


Golden Gate Cathedral is located in the home of Elvis Presley, Memphis, Tennessee. The church has a following of more than 2,000 people and space in its main sanctuary for 1,350 seated. In addition, the pastor, Bishop Edward Stephens, delivers passionate sermons that require an intelligibility throughout the room. To help achieve this, the church recently enlisted MC2Solutions, which installed a new sound system comprising Community IV6 loudspeakers.

‘Used for a wide range of services and productions, the sound system is required to provide very high-quality speech and full-range music, with the crucial focus being on frequency balance and intelligibility,’ said Carl Woodard II, owner and designer at MC2Solutions. ‘To avoid reflections, we designed the system using wide dispersion line arrays to ensure even coverage of the congregation.’

Explaining why the IV6 systems were chosen, Woodard added: ‘The IV6 modular vertical array is a passive system that delivers a cost-effective combination of acoustic purity and long-term reliability. Its multiple configuration and splay options gave me the tools to design a system with excellent SPL and frequency response consistency and seamless coverage.’

The new system installed is formed from left and right arrays of six IV6-1122 wide-dispersion 12-inch two-way array elements each, with a pair of IV6-118S 18-inch subwoofers extending the low frequency and adding some bass impact. Meanwhile, Community I Series IP6-1122 12-inch two-way point-source, IC6-2082 dual 8-inch compact loudspeakers, and IS6-218 dual 18-inch subwoofers serve as fills and cover the rear stage seating area.

An Allen & Heath dLive digital mixer manages the system, while Lab.gruppen amplifiers provide power and Lake is used for processing. AKG and Sennheiser wired microphones and Shure wireless were chosen to capture voices at the start of the signal chain.

‘The consistency and intelligibility of the new IV6 system is a dramatic improvement for the congregation,’ concluded Woodard. ‘Members can now focus on the content of sermons and productions and the church is very satisfied with the sound quality we have achieved.’

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