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Renkus-Heinz adds clarity to Santo Eccehomo Cathedral

Renkus-Heinz adds clarity to Santo Eccehomo Cathedral

Renkus-Heinz adds clarity to Santo Eccehomo Cathedral


Since its completion in 2017, Santo Eccehomo Cathedral has welcomed over 4,000 people looking to worship within Valledupar. Since its beginning, plans were made to add technology to the cathedral. Schallertech was chosen to set up this up, including sound systems from Renkus-Heinz.

‘Catholic churches in Colombia clearly show the influence of the country's time as a Spanish colony, but there have not been many large churches built in recent generations,’ said Freddy Sampayo, Schallertech’s CTO. ‘Despite being an example of modernity that breaks with the colonial tradition, Santo Ecchehomo still presents the same acoustic challenges as the ancient temples.’

The main priority for this project was making sure that spoken words could be heard, even with a choir or band accompanying them. Sampayo commented: ‘We use Renkus-Heinz products when we have challenging spaces and since acoustic conditioning was not part of the project, the Renkus-Heinz products were essential for attaining intelligibility, which was the main concern of all the project's stakeholders.’

For this project, Schallertech installed Renkus-Heinz Iconyx Gen5 IC32-RN digtitally steerable speakers as well as IC8-RN line array loudspeakers for either side of the altar. For the audience area, two of the speakers were angled out 45° horizontally, while the other two remained on the axis. Two Renkus-Heinz PN212S-RD dual 12-inch subwoofers were also installed in order to supply the low frequencies for the music. The cathedral system consisted of microphones and analogue mixers, with the speakers connected to Renkus-Heinz’s Rhaon software, which enabled monitoring, DSP control as well as real-time adjustments.

‘The Iconyx series products were chosen both because their digital steerable array technology ensured good intelligibility and because of their low-profile appearance,’ Sampayo explained. ‘Having a line array hanging over the altar was something that no one would even consider because of the aesthetics of the place.’

Sampayo concluded that the project was a success. ‘The system is fully operational, and the archdiocese is very happy with it. Priests from other churches were amazed by the results and now are asking for consulting on how to improve the sound in their parishes.’

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