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Bonn’s CLW Church upgrades with Martin Audio

Bonn’s CLW Church upgrades with Martin Audio

Bonn’s CLW Church upgrades with Martin Audio

Germany:

With an increased focus on live music over recent years, CLW Church in Bonn-Bad Godesberg recognised that an upgrade to its sound system was necessary. The protestant free church has an adjoining kindergarten and focuses on the Living Word in its services.

"We have been working on a new sound reinforcement solution to meet our many requirements for a while,” explained Julian Betker, trainee pastor and vicar at the CLW. “On the one hand, we wanted to use our existing technology, including mixing consoles, microphones and subwoofers. Our church lives through, and with, live music, which could be heard with our old system outside the church building as well. However, the positioning of the loudspeakers meant that there was always a risk of feedback. The last important point was to stay within budget. We are a donation-financed institution and have to pay particular attention to expenditure.”

Klein Beschallungs- und Kirchentechnik from Cologne, together with Audio-Technica, created a concept with loudspeakers and power amplifiers from Martin Audio. Owner Paul Klein added: “We have been working with Audio-Technica’s products for a long time and for the first time we’ve been able to offer Martin Audio loudspeakers. The quality of the CDD series convinced us. Combined with VIA series power amplifiers and the DX0.5 system controller, we were able to create a convincing argument. In addition, we were able to use the Adorn loudspeakers to provide sound in adjoining rooms at a reasonable price, yet still offering high quality.”

After comparative listening, the decision was finally made in favour of Martin Audio. Since the church building is a rotunda with a gallery, the sound system was divided into sections. The area in front of the stage is the largest area to be covered (with two CDD12s). The upper tier, which uses a glass pane as a parapet, was covered with two CDD10 loudspeakers. The difficulty was to hit the glass surfaces as little as possible, in order to avoid reflections. CDD6 loudspeakers were used below the gallery and A55 speakers from the Adorn series were used inside the rooms. Everything is driven by VIA5002 and VIA5004 power amplifiers, optimised by presets provided by the DX0.5 system controller.

Betker continued: “We are very happy to work with our new sound system. Our live music sounds more vivid than ever, at every seat. We are positively surprised that the integration of our existing technology worked so smoothly. Once again a big compliment to Paul Klein and his team – the cooperation was great.”



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