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Great Lakes Christian Church advances its sound

Great Lakes Christian Church advances its sound

Great Lakes Christian Church advances its sound


After acknowledging issues with its existing sound system, the Great Lakes Christian Church in Warren, Michigan decided an upgrade was in need. Members of the church installed the new configuration with Advanced Lighting & Sound, a regional AVL integration firm assisting with the design, installation and commissioning.

‘The main speakers were installed in 1980 as part of the original build of the facility. We changed mixing boards three times over the years and added or subtracted other equipment such as equalisers, compressors, and gates to improve the sound,’ explained Terry Scott, facilities manager at Great Lakes Christian Church. ‘It had a lot of hot spots that were too loud and dead spots that were too quiet. Over the years, we attempted to fill in the dead spots with supplemental loudspeakers, but it didn’t work too well.’

Co-owner of Advanced Lighting & Sound, Bob Minchella, added: ‘Given their emphasis on natural reproduction, Danley’s patented Synergy Horn technology seemed like the obvious choice for Great Lakes Christian Church. We did a Danley install at Meadow Brook Theatre, which is associated with Oakland University here in Michigan. It’s part of the music department, and several music professors stopped by while we were tuning the system. They were confused because it sounded like a live orchestral rehearsal. For Great Lakes, we modelled the room using Danley Direct modelling software to choose the ideal Danley boxes given the shape of the room and the best places to hang loudspeakers. That also gave the church trustees confidence in our design.’

The new system consists of two Danley SH96HT loudspeakers which cover the left and right sides of the pews and two SH95HOs at the back of the sanctuary for delays. Three Go2 GCX loudspeakers were installed above the stage that work as monitors and four 6-inch cube Nanos were used as orchestral spot monitors. These are all powered by Crown XT amplifiers. Additionally, the installation also included a new 96kHz Allen & Heath SQ-7 console and new Earthworks microphone and Shure ULX-D wireless microphones.

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