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Danley provides clarity at Great Bridge Baptist Church

Danley provides clarity at Great Bridge Baptist Church

Danley provides clarity at Great Bridge Baptist Church


Great Bridge Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Virginia has received a big-impact, small-footprint sound reinforcement system from Danley Sound Labs, designed and installed by Richmond-based RTW Media. The church’s contemporary-style services lift spirits with music provided by an orchestra, a choir and a praise band. However, until recently, all of that effort only partially connected with the congregants because the existing sound reinforcement system for 1,500+ seats was far from ideal. Following the update, the new system gives Great Bridge Baptist Church even coverage from front to back and from side to side, in the balconies, under the balconies and even on the stage and in the orchestra pit.

“The sound system at Great Bridge Baptist Church was old and tired,” said Zack Guida, operations manager at RTW Media. “The coverage was lacking, the timing was off and it really didn’t do justice to the amazing services they are putting on. The church’s vision included a video and camera system overhaul as well, so we had to be mindful of the overall budget.”

The new system is centred on a single Danley J3-94 Jericho Horn. A Danley BC415 subwoofer flies above it for the bass response and a pair of Danley SH46 loudspeakers flank it to cover the balconies that run the length of the sanctuary on either side. Four Danley SHmini loudspeakers bring up the articulation under the balconies, and four more SHmini loudspeakers span the stage to provide directionality for those seated near the front. Three Danley DNA 20k4 Pro and two Danley DNA 10k4 Pro amplifiers deliver a combined 80,000W distributed across 20 amplifier channels with on-board DSP and model-specific presets. The musicians and speakers benefit from four Danley FLX12 loudspeakers that can move around the stage as needed, with two additional FLX12s mounted on poles for the choir. Six Danley Nano loudspeakers distribute coverage throughout the orchestra pit. A 3,000W, eight-channel Danley DNA 3k8 amplifier powers the monitor system and eight channels of Shure PSM deliver wireless, in-ear monitoring.

An Allen & Heath S7000 dLive console with a DM64 64-channel I/O and two DX168 auxiliary boxes serves at FOH. An Allen & Heath C3500 console with an associated DMO engine serves in the studio, with Dante serving as the backbone for networked audio throughout the building. Four Panasonic PTZ cameras feed a Blackmagic broadcast multi-format switcher with a Panasonic PTZ camera control as interface. Two Panasonic 12,000 lumens WUXGA projectors, a 98-inch display and a 110-inch videowall handle the visual needs of the congregation, choir and welcome area.

“The Danley performance is unbelievable and every seat gets perfect coverage,” Guida added. “The sound is crisp and clear. They were astounded to achieve the sound quality and impact they wanted with so few boxes, a much cleaner aesthetic and 40% of the cost.”

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