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High energy at South Coast Christian Church

High energy at South Coast Christian Church

High energy at South Coast Christian Church


AV integration firm Tech Arts has designed and installed a new sound reinforcement system for South Coast Christian Church centred on Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers, along with new video and lighting systems. Located in San Juan Capistrano, California, South Coast Christian Church delivers an upbeat, contemporary service to an energetic congregation but its ageing sound reinforcement system was holding the ambitious worship team back.

In conjunction with a larger architectural remodelling, which would remove the soffit that housed the old loudspeakers, the church leaders reached out to Tech Arts to completely revamp their AVL system. “The room seats 500 people and is wider than it is deep,” explained Chuck Mitchell, CEO of Tech Arts. “That ruled out line arrays. We found that models of the Danley SH60 gave us the width we needed to cover the seating from end to end without requiring front-fills. Moreover, Danley’s exceptional pattern control would keep energy off the walls and ceiling.”

Two clusters, each comprised of two Danley SH60s, cover all 500 seats with stereo audio. A pair of flown Danley TH118 subwoofers round out the low end. “Using two Danley TH118s is a little more than we might use normally,” said Jason Vandergrift, designer/programmer at Tech Arts. “We’ve used two TH118s in much larger rooms. Here, it’s like driving a Ferrari at 55mph, there’s so much headroom. The low end feels effortless, like it’s never going to run out of gas.”

Symetrix DSP and Linea amplifiers power the system with a new Allen & Heath dLive console. Tech Arts redesigned the stagebox infrastructure and, at the church’s request, undertook the task of relocating the FOH position. “We spent a lot of time making sure we minimise the number of AD or DA conversions,” added Wallace. “Once signal becomes digital, it stays digital until the amplifier output. Dante throughout makes for a very clean, phase accurate sound system.”

In addition to a new audio system, Tech Arts gave South Coast Christian Church new user control, video and lighting. Extron control systems link audio, video and lighting with selectable presets, depending on the level of technical details required. ETC lighting and lighting control, an Epson laser projector, Panasonic cameras and a full Black Magic production system add the final touches to South Coast Christian Church’s services and events.

“Our previous system was ancient and Tech Arts has brought us into the 21st century,” said Tom Westerfield, lead pastor at South Coast Christian Church. “The new Danley system sounds fantastic. It sounds like we’re in a high-end movie theatre.”

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