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Old Barn Audio rejuvenates an old chapel

Old Barn Audio rejuvenates an old chapel

Old Barn Audio rejuvenates an old chapel

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St Joseph’s College Chapel in the Suffolk county town of Ipswich recently underwent a refurbishment costing £750,000, having fallen into disrepair and being forced to close for three years. As part of the chapel’s rejuvenation, a new sound system was installed by Old Barn Audio (OBA).

OBA was approached by St Joseph’s College, an independent school that owns the chapel, based on a recommendation it received. When OBA project manager Phil Clark first visited, the building revealed no internal walls, and therefore no fixing points, and a 60m-high pitch. In coming up with a solution, Clark chose to install three clusters of three Martin Audio CDD8 loudspeakers, angled carefully to meet the dispersion needs of the sanctuary. Two additional CDD8s were positioned on each side of the nave, while a SX210 slimline subwoofer was compact enough be recessed beneath the stage.

‘The space is 50m across and 50m deep, with arches separating three sides of the pyramid,’ explained Clark. ‘A standard wall or column mounting scenario was not available, so the only option was to mount the clusters on the underside of the arches to serve the venue.’

Clark used AFMG’s EASE acoustic simulation software to put together his sound system design. ‘We designed the space into eight zones in order to time align the speakers with SMAART [audio analysis software] and to ensure each zone had linearity of sound,’ he said. ‘We could then control them individually and run these clusters at a lower level to avoid as little echo as possible in the venue.’

The sound system is used for a range of applications within the chapel, including the reinforcement of musical ensembles at the college, from string quartets to full classical orchestras. The setup was completed with the inclusion of 12-inch tablets that OBA programmed to control the sound system over an internal network.

‘Old Barn Audio has designed and supplied a fantastic system for us,’ said a satisfied Keiron Orris, IT network manager at St Joseph’s College. ‘They listened to our needs and, even though it is a challenging building, they were able to deliver exactly the end result we desired. Their advice to use the Martin Audio CDD range was perfect; it supplies a warm and professional sound throughout the whole chapel.’

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