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Big Barn fellowship


Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch’s new Big Barn facility has been equipped with an AV system based on a Symetrix Prism 4x4 DSP, designed and installed by Tony Sprando and his team at AV systems integrator Audio Visual Bend, including project manager Jim Zick. Sprando was familiar with the ranch as his wife and children volunteer there. He had previously designed a sound system for its old Upper Barn venue.

Part of Central Oregon’s Ranch Fellowship, the Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch was originally developed from a nine-acre cinder pit as a refuge for abused horses by Troy and Kim Meeder. Over time, it also developed into a refuge for children and families, who wanted to help with the horses. Popularity surged and Crystal Peaks’ ‘cowboy church-style Barn Fellowship’ and other ministry services eventually started attracting more people than could fit inside the Upper Barn facility that hosted them. The organisation therefore chose to remodel and repurpose a defunct dairy barn that sat unused on its land, christening it the Big Barn.

‘The Big Barn has a large main space, a living-room-sized foyer off of the main room, and a community room that's about the same size as the foyer,’ explained Sprando. ‘The Symetrix audio network covers all three spaces and the bathrooms, so we set up four zones in the Prism for those areas. In addition, there's a big lawn area outside that eventually may be used for a summer venue, so we have a fifth zone set up to enable expansion there.’

The system features an Allen & Heath Qu-16 digital mixer, which resides alongside the Prism 4x4 DSP and sends stereo analogue audio to it. Meanwhile, a CatRack 12x12 digital audio snake and backstage floor boxes send digital audio from the Big Barn’s stage to the mixer. Equipped with a Symetrix xOut 12-channel analogue output expander, the Prism 4x4 enables analogue feeds to be sent to all loudspeakers throughout the venue.

The sound system in the main space consists of two QSC K12 2-way active loudspeakers and a QSC K8 centre speaker, as well as pair of QSC KQ181 18-inch subwoofers on each side of the stage. QSC AD-S8T 8-inch AcousticDesign and JBL Control 14C/T loudspeakers distribute audio across the venue.

The barn is also equipped with Avlex ACT-3B UHF wireless microphone systems and a TASCAM SSR250N digital recorder and the Audio Visual Bend team installed a Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel in the AV booth, as well as a video system that included four 65-inch displays and an 85-inch display to act as a confidence monitor, managed using a Kramer VS-44HN video matrix.

‘The Ranch hired a paid AV person to ensure system quality and maintenance, and they did not want to open control of the system to the public, so the AV person has the main controls, including a computer, in the AV booth,’ added Sprando. ‘In addition, we set up a Symetrix ARC-WEB system so the zones can be controlled wirelessly from the foyer and community room using a smartphone or tablet.’

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