WORSHIP CENTER SOUND
The Fairfield Christian Church of Oakford,
IN (just south of Kokomo) was needing more seating during their worship
assemblies. The solution they decided on in 2004 was to turn 90
degrees in their current gym and rework the room for a long and narrow
arrangement. This allowed approximately 12 percent more seating.
The room also received a facelift: new
paint, new carpet, and a new rear stage wall. The technical plan
includes a new sound system (using several components from the previous
system), an entirely new stage lighting system and modifications to the
existing video projection system.
This happened to be our second project
with FCC. We had design and oversaw the installation of the system in their
old auditorium in 1991, working with a local sound contractor. That system
was reworked in 2005 because of changes made to the room.
The video system included a new electric
screen and a telephoto lens for the existing Epson high output data
projector. The screen is 12' wide and 9' high.
The previous "almost" portable
sound system was a compilation of parts from a local music store. It was the
work of a member of the congregation. The system was just over seven years
old and several features had been abandoned due to component failures. The
quality of sound from the main speakers was disappointing. Everyone
responded quite positively when they were first able to hear the new custom
The custom built speakers shown before and
after the finisheing touches were applied The grills are perforated metal
covered in acoustically transparent fabric. The fabric is for
appearances. The metal grill is for protection from flying
balls. These are a LDAC design from Concert
Systems LLC of South Bend, Indiana. There are two of these
dual 10" woofer boxes each with a 2" throat compression driver on
bi-radial horns. Two additional single bi-radial horn boxes are used for
Because this room will also be used for
volley ball and basket ball, the speakers are suspended with welded
chain so it will just swing when hit by flying balls, and then return to the
The mobile control desk is from the
previous system. It didn't take much to incorporate the new console
and support equipment. The desk is connected to the system with two
snake cables and a power cable that route into the storage room the houses
the amplifier rack. This amp rack provides 2500 watts of audio power
controlled by three dbx Drive Rack digital processors. The system includes a
mono main speakers system, four on stage monitor systems and a corner loaded
sub woofer system.
The system was built by with volunteer
labor from the congregation. Special mention needs to be made for Dave
Walters a volunteer from the congregation. He worked more hours than anyone
else to make this project a possibility.
The acoustics of the room were calmed with
the application of more absorbing panels. Many already were in
place. We also added the velour curtains behind the stage to help
absorb excessive sound from the stage monitors (the band likes it loud!)
WORSHIP CENTER LIGHTING
The new stage lighting system was built by
volunteers of the congregation with assistance from a local electrical
contractor. To protect the lighting instruments from flying balls,
most of the fixtures were tucked away in the upper corners of the rooms
behind the structural wood beams. Two 12 channel rack mounting dimmers
were added to provide twenty four 1200 watts dimmer channels. A simple
memory fader controller provides both preset scenes and active control of
all stage lighting.
The chapel sound system was reworked (in
one day) to better accommodate a major change to the room. A new rear
wall was built halfway into the room. This creates a very nice and cozy
space for small group meetings, weddings, and prayer meetings.