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First Martin Audio WPS system in the US for the Springs Church

First Martin Audio WPS system in the US for the Springs Church

First Martin Audio WPS system in the US for the Springs Church


The Springs Church in Colorado Springs, CO has become the first recipient of a Martin Audio WPS system in the US, courtesy of Sight and Sound Technologies. Springs is a modern church with a contemporary worship service featuring an electric band and several vocalists. The sanctuary is a 2,000-seat room that gets wider from the stage towards the back corners of the room. According to Sight and Sound’s COO, Kris Johnson, the widening shape of the space ‘made it a bit of a challenge in terms of getting the coverage we needed in the back. We wanted to be sure we had enough power, [so this is] why we chose WPS’.

The HOW had an ageing LCR line array system that was described as ‘overkill’ for its needs, plus problems were emerging with the speakers. As part of the upgrade, Sight and Sound was able to take down the old speakers, test them and re-install some of them in another room.

‘We had already installed Martin Audio’s WPM system on multiple occasions and really liked it,’ continued Johnson. ‘Then we got to hear the new WPS system at a trade show and it was like the WPM with more beef because of the 8-inch drivers so we decided to look at those for the sanctuary. When we ran the projections, the system looked amazing, so we moved forward with it.’

The system consists of six WPS enclosures a side, flown off an I-beam with six CDD8 for front-fill mounted across the front lip of the stage, all powered by an iK81 amp with one-box resolution for optimum coverage, impact and the extra control.

‘The two I-beams that run left and right from front to back in the room drop pretty low so we had to be under those beams otherwise we’d hit them with the top speakers,’ stated Johnson. ‘So, we went ahead and mounted them under the beams. I like where the speakers ended up in the room and, in a perfect world, I’d have loved to put the system about two feet higher, but we accomplished our goal: great coverage front to back with very little dB difference.

‘Being able to hear what is said and sung in terms of the message is the key to any good worship service. We’ve heard systems that might do one or the other, but WPS absolutely does both speech and music incredibly well. Bottom line, the church is ecstatic, both the staff and the congregants, which is the most important thing.’

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