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St Mark’s Belfast upgrades with O-Line

St Mark’s Belfast upgrades with O-Line

St Mark’s Belfast upgrades with O-Line

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Martin Audio partner, Rea Sound, has installed a discreet O-Line software-optimised micro line array into St Mark’s Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Situated in the Dundela district of the city and designed by celebrated Gothic architect, William Butterfield, in 1876, the church has strong links with the author CS Lewis, whose grandfather was the first rector of the parish.

Rea Sound introduced O-Line to the Irish church market as soon as it was introduced back in 2007 and, wherever budgets have permitted, it has continued to specify the solution. “Nine out of 10 people don’t believe it will deliver such clarity of voice reproduction until we demonstrate it,” recalled Rea Sound’s project manager, Roger McMullan. The Grade A-listed Church of Ireland establishment wanted an effective sound system that would provide clarity from front to back of the long, rectangular shape.

“The previous PA was an old 100V line system and people in the centre and rear of the church couldn’t hear,” noted McMullan. “They had spoken to other sound companies, who had wanted to put speakers on pillars, which they didn’t approve of.” Dividing the building into five sound zones (including three O-Line zones), Rea Sound’s solution was to have two hangs of eight O-Line elements left and right and two hangs of 12 in the centre to provide even coverage along the length of the rectangle, with a 6m trim height. In addition, a pair of Martin Audio CDD5s provide choir stall coverage behind the pulpit, via an Allen & Heath Qu-16 digital mixer. A third CDD5 takes the feed into the newly built crèche.

“We have delivered exactly what was requested, including a digital wireless system,” he summarised. “In fact, they can now hire it out so that bands can play through O-Line as a full-range system, without the need for additional subwoofers.”

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