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Martin Audio’s TORUS provides medium-throw solution for Kentucky church

Martin Audio’s TORUS provides medium-throw solution for Kentucky church

Martin Audio’s TORUS provides medium-throw solution for Kentucky church


Kentucky-based JCA Media has utilised Martin Audio’s TORUS for a sound system at First United Methodist Church, also in Kentucky. Ever since the release of Martin Audio’s CDD series, according to project manager Alex Peake, JCA Media has become a convert to the British brand.

With HOW as one of JCA Media’s core installation segments, Peake said: “We have since used CDD of all sizes, including the weatherised versions. With their asymmetric pattern, they sound awesome – smooth and warm.”

The company then discovered Martin Audio’s Blackline X8, and finally, TORUS, which coincided nicely with First United Methodist Church’s installation. “The church first reached out in November 2019 after seeing our work on Facebook, but then Covid-19 intervened,” said Peake. “In fact, I was quoting this installation six or eight months before TORUS came out and had a different brand specified.

“But with a throw distance of around 70ft, the client was reluctant to have another delay system – they wanted the new system tucked in and tidy and didn’t want anything visible on the floor.” In demoing other single point source systems, Peake found he was losing volume at the back of the room, but TORUS was said to have changed all of that.

“I knew TORUS would be perfect for a medium throw application such as this and it was also minimally obtrusive.” The project manager’s design to create even coverage over the 300 congregants – in both service modes ­– was based around a three-box hang, driven in one-box resolution from an iKON iK81 process control amplifier.

A single T1230 at the base gives full 90° coverage, with the top two T1215s running at 60°. “This was to keep the sound off the ceiling and walls, and it enabled us to control the horizontal dispersion. The horizontal waveguide would tighten up the sound disappearing up into the vaulted all-wood ceiling and at the same time would eliminate the need for a front fill. So, it all came into play perfectly and provided multiple solutions.”

The church wanted a “blended” service to compliment its traditional mass, which is when the cardioid SXCF118 sub came in, flown behind the hang. “The SXCF118 blew our minds,” said Peake. “That vaulted ceiling almost served like a natural horn, with the single 18-inch vibrating off the ceiling.”

The wedge monitors are in the shape of four Blackline X8. However, there was still a place for CDD in the installation. Downstairs is a smaller, separate area for a more contemporary service and, as with upstairs, an ancient sound system was ripped out to be replaced with a CDD6 L/C/R set up, underpinned by an SX112 sub tucked away on a semi-portable stage.

The Church’s technical director, Aaron Denney, said: “The Martin Audio array and amps are amazing,” he enthused. “They provide targeted coverage in every row of the pews. They have more than met project goals and greatly exceeded our expectations. One staff member referred to it as a ‘300 times improvement’ for a space that has many complicated issues when it comes to live sound. All in all, a job well done.”

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