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MBC makes an investment in sound reinforcement

MBC makes an investment in sound reinforcement
All photos courtesy of Scott Meadows

MBC makes an investment in sound reinforcement


The Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) has recently invested in a Martin Audio WPC system with SXH218 subwoofers. The organisation is formed from 1,900 independent Southern Baptist churches that contribute funds to produce live events in the area. MBC purchased the Martin Audio solutions to equip its events with better quality sound reinforcement.

‘In the last two weeks, we’ve been in vastly different theatres and for meetings, in conference centres that are basically big concrete boxes that obviously sound different than theatres,’ commented Mitch Canote, specialist in media technology and events at MBC. ‘Occasionally we do outdoor events in open spaces like fields, so we needed a very flexible system that could function effectively in a variety of environments, which is what led us to Martin Audio WPC.’

Canote works alongside Chris Brizendine, media, technology and events group leader, to oversee every aspect of production for the live events that MBC stages. ‘We have a Martin Audio WPC/SXH rig as a traveling system for several major events a year that includes conferences, business meetings and summer camps in all kinds of spaces,’ Canote explained.

The traveling system comprises 12 WPC enclosures, configured as six per side, with four SXH218 subs ground-stacked in front of the stage. ‘We like the WPC system’s ability to provide optimised coverage in the vertical axis while maintaining a very even response from right to left,’ said Canote. ‘And the low end is unreal with the SXH218s. With a lot of subs, you can get rumble and a lack of intelligible notes in the lower frequencies, but with these, every single note is intelligible. For the WPC cabinets, we’re using six iK42 amps with two-box resolution for most of the shows, which gives us excellent and even coverage for all the shows.’

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