It pleases all in attendance young and old
July 23, 2012 When Hillvue Heights Church of Bowling Green, Ky. installed a new Meyer
and music no longer sounded the same.
"Some ladies heard it immediately," recalls Marc Owens, audio coordinator
for the church. "They came up after the eight o'clock service and asked,
'Now, what did you do to the sound? I can understand every word the preacher
is saying now, and I couldn't understand hardly anything before.'"
At the later up-tempo services for younger congregants, intelligibility
couples with sheer power as the new system kicks into high gear. "I can peel
the paint if I want to," admits Owens, whose career in audio includes mixing
for touring country notables and operation of Bowling Green's premier
recording studio. "We're hitting up to 115 dB in here now, but nobody
complains because it doesn't hurt-as often it would with the old boxes."
Bruce Bossert of Nashville-based Mid-Coast & Performance Audio, Inc.,
supplier of the Meyer Sound system, is also pleased by the power handling of
the JM-1P. "It's a rock 'n' roll system in a rock 'n' roll church," says
Bossert. "It hits hard and it still has tons of headroom left." Bossert
facilitated the installation, with Duane Tabinski providing on-site project
At the system's core are left and right arrays of four each JM-1P
loudspeakers, which cover most of the main floor seats in the roughly
1,500-capacity multipurpose auditorium. Solid bass kicks out from four
under-stage 600-HP subwoofers, a down-firing UPA-2P loudspeaker fills in the
center, two UPQ-2P loudspeakers handle out fill, and the wide balcony is
covered by two UPA-2P and four UPA-1P delay loudspeakers. A number of MM-4XP
miniature self-powered loudspeakers are installed, including six for
under-balcony fill and eight for front fill, and two HD-1 monitors sits at
FOH mix. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 616
processors provides system drive and processing.
"This was my first install with the JM-1P, and I was extremely impressed
with its tone quality and power," remarks Tabinski. "It has outstanding
vocal clarity, and it was definitely the right box for the job. When the
system was complete and tuned, the sound in the room was seamless. But then
nothing I've done with Meyer has ever left me wanting. I'm a big fan!"
Marc Owens credits the church's worship pastor, Keith Scarborough, as the
one with the original vision to aim for a Meyer Sound solution. From there,
system design and loudspeaker selection was a collaborative effort on the
part of Owens, Bossert, and Tabinski in consultation with Meyer Sound Design
Services. Final tuning was accomplished using the SIM® 3 audio analyzer.
The new system takes on a full plate of duties. In addition to the Sunday
and Wednesday church services, the auditorium hosts community meetings,
graduations, children's shows, and concerts-TobyMac was one of the first to
perform using the new system.
ABOUT MEYER SOUND
Family owned and operated since 1979, Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc. designs
and manufactures high-quality, self-powered sound reinforcement
loudspeakers, digital audio systems, active acoustic systems, cinema sound
systems, and sound measurement tools for the professional audio industry.
Founded by John and Helen Meyer, the company has grown to become a leading
worldwide supplier of systems for theatres, arenas, stadiums, theme parks,
convention centers, houses of worship, and touring concert sound rental
operations. Meyer Sound's main office and manufacturing facility are located
in Berkeley, California, with field offices and authorized distributors
located throughout the USA and around the world.