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Danley helps community centre tame its acoustics

Danley helps community centre tame its acoustics
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Danley helps community centre tame its acoustics


Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas has been serving the community for over 125 years and recently opened an 800-capacity community centre with classrooms and clinics named City Center. Built into a former Kroger grocery store that was adjacent to Immanuel Baptist’s sanctuary, City Center has been equipped with a Danley Sound Labs sound reinforcement system by Paragon 360, a regional integration firm based in Springfield, Missouri.

The Paragon 360 team of Rich Nelms, Mark Coble and Brian Roggow led the design, management, installation and commissioning of City Center’s AVL system. ‘The main venue at City Center is meant to be modular and flexible to accommodate everything from youth concerts and church services to conferences, public talks and parties,’ explained Nelms. ‘The stage can be removed, and seating can be placed around tables or in rows or removed entirely. Air walls allow the larger space to become two or three smaller spaces. The footprint is large and the minimum SPL requirements had to meet concert-level volumes.’

To deal with the former grocery store’s reflective walls, the Paragon 360 team installed a FabriTRAK system of tracks that are filled with acoustically absorbent material and covered with fabric. However, there was nothing it could do about the low ceiling height. ‘We certainly couldn’t put a line array in there,’ said Coble. ‘In addition, they have a giant LED wall, and no one wanted it to be aesthetically compromised by bulky loudspeakers. We needed all of the pattern control we could get from relatively small point source boxes, and Danley was the right choice for those requirements. We considered several of Danley’s loudspeakers to find the perfect fit, and Danley SH50s with DFA down-fills were our choice to give us great pattern control and coverage in a small package that would be easy to keep out of sight.’

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The stage is set against the longer dimension of the room and four Danley SH50s – each with a DFA down-fill attachment – run its length. When the room is divided into three spaces, the larger middle space gets two of the SH50+DFAs and the rooms on each side get one. A pair of flown Danley DBH218 subwoofers round out the low end, especially for high SPL events, and a single Danley SH95HO hangs below them to provide centre-fill.

One four-channel Danley DNA 5k4c and two four-channel Danley DNA 10k4 Pro amplifier/DSPs power the system with 25,000W combined. Roggow used the Danley DNA on-board DSP and presets as starting points when he commissioned the system, tweaking them to match the characteristics of the room. A QSC Q-Sys Core 110 with touchpanel control provides larger system-level routing control, input conditioning and presets. An Allen & Heath dLive s5000 digital console runs the show, with an Allen & Heath ME-1 personal monitoring system for musicians and presenters onstage. A full complement of wired microphones together with Shure wireless microphones and in-ear monitors complete the City Center system.

After running several events at City Center, Immanuel Baptist Church is overjoyed with the quality, impact and intelligibility of the new system.

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