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Ashly communes in San Lazzaro

Ashly communes in San Lazzaro

Ashly communes in San Lazzaro


Parrocchia di San Lazzaro – the parish of San Lazzaro di Savena – is the largest church in its namesake commune, attracting around 300 congregants to an average service and serving as a local hub for community functions and events. The church was rebuilt after being destroyed during World War II and, following the architecture of that era, features high ceilings and reflective walls with marble floors and glass windows that wreak havoc for intelligibility. To fix this, the church recently turned to Etabeta Electronics for help, leading to the installation of a new sound system comprising solutions from Ashly Audio and Pan Acoustics.

‘When we first spoke with the church, we heard that many people could not listen to mass because of a lack of intelligibility,’ explained Daniele Santini, CEO of Etabeta Electronics. ‘Using steerable loudspeakers and an intensive digital signal processor architecture, powered by Ashly Audio, allowed us to minimise redundant open microphones and limit modal frequencies.’

Santini and the Etabeta Electronics team installed an Ashly ne8800mm digital signal processor, MX-206 six-channel stereo microphone mixer and TRA-4150 4-channel power amplifier. The speaker setup is formed exclusively from the Pan Acoustics catalogue.

‘Ashly is the perfect choice for an installation like this because of their extensive DSP capabilities,’ noted Santini. ‘In every highly reverberant environment I work in, I appreciate the total lack of noise and the speed Ashly provides on mic inputs. That helps to cut off the microphone a fraction of second after it stops being used. I also love the ease of use of their auto-leveller. This is very important when there are new readers and speakers sharing the same microphone during the different parts of the mass.’

The ability to use Ashly software on an iPad has also provided a new level of control for the church. Santini programmes the presets for the sound system for different types of events, allowing the church to make the change easily.

‘The church has been very happy,’ Santini concluded. ‘I know that because the priest has been promoting how good it sounds to the other churches in the neighbourhood.’

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