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The music plays on at Coral Hill Baptist Church

The music plays on at Coral Hill Baptist Church

The music plays on at Coral Hill Baptist Church


When steady growth made its old, traditional sanctuary too cramped, Coral Hill Baptist Church in Glasgow, Kentucky, made plans for a new sanctuary adjacent to the existing one with seating for 300 worshippers. Local AV integration firm Red Ranger Media worked with the church to design and install a Danley Sound Labs sound reinforcement system that would support the HOW’s wide variety of musical styles and deliver crystal-clear intelligibility, despite an abundance of reflective concrete and dry wall surfaces.

“In moving from their old sanctuary to a new sanctuary of their own design, Coral Hill Baptist Church wanted to decrease the distance to the back row to make the services as intimate as the senior pastor of 32 years had always wanted them to be,” explained Allen Cothran, owner of Red Ranger Media. “The new sanctuary is very wide with a short throw – no more than 12m to the back row of seating. The floor is concrete and the walls are dry wall, so good pattern control was essential. On top of that, Coral Hill’s services might include everything from traditional hymns to a high-energy praise band. There might be pedal steel one week and no guitars at all the next week.”

Given their reflective nature, the subject of acoustical treatments for the walls came up repeatedly throughout the process. “Since they were on a tight budget, I suggested we could achieve the goals of the sound reinforcement system without acoustical treatments if we went with Danley’s patented point source technology,” Cothran added. “Danley boxes are well controlled and, with the right models in place, keep energy on people and off of the walls and ceiling.”

Cothran used Danley Direct modelling software to perfect his design. “I started with an L-R design using Danley SM96s, but it was clear I’d be missing the edges,” he said. “But when I swapped them out for SM60Fs and added an SM96 in the centre, everything came together beautifully. I ran the model past the engineers at Danley, and they made a few small tweaks. We installed the system as designed and then had to pull our scaffolding down immediately so that carpet could be installed on the stage. We fired the system up and were relieved to find that the coverage was perfect and exactly as the model had predicted. From previous Danley installations and this latest experience at Coral Hill, I have come to appreciate Danley’s predictability.”

Since the Danley SM60Fs already include extended low end to 66Hz and since the church didn’t need concert-level slamming kicks, a simple Danley THmini15 flown above the centre SM96 fills out the sonic picture perfectly. An Ashly nXp 1.54 powers the system with on-board DSP for modest input and loudspeaker conditioning, and an Allen & Heath SQ-6 digital mixer gives church tech volunteers control of the system. A custom 6m x 2.4m Draper Onyx screen illuminated by two edge-blended NEC PA-series laser projectors give Coral Hill visual impact to match with the new sanctuary’s sound quality.

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