Traditional Shoebox Shaped Church
This system design template describes a typical loudspeaker layout for a long narrow congregation area with tall sloping ceilings, full-width chancel space and extended two-level rear seating.
Though hard interior surfaces and high ceiling heights can enhance choir and instrumental music, the same soaring space can also degrade speech and blur faster tempo music. Highly directional loudspeakers can improve music and speech clarity by limiting the vertical dispersion (and reverberation).
We suggest using distributed column-format E SERIES loudspeakers to focus the sound on the congregational areas. Use of signal delays will allow the listeners to perceive the sound as coming from the platform areas. This example also shows rear balcony seating, but extended seating could also be on the side or as flanking balconies. Smaller column or other directional loudspeakers can cover those areas.
Below is the list of loudspeakers and amplifiers used in this design:
- 4 - Community ENT212 Two-way, Compact Column Array Loudspeaker; 120 Hz to 22 kHz, Nominal Beamwidth (H x V) 140°x 15° (Main seating)
- 4 - Community ENT206 Two-way, Compact Column Array Loudspeaker; 120 Hz to 22 kHz, Nominal Beamwidth (H x V) 140°x 20°(Extended and upper balcony coverage)
- 1 - Community ALC-404D Amplified Loudspeaker Controller: 4 Channels x 400W + DSP and Dante (ENT212/ENT206)
Note: For increased fidelity, single ENT-FR modules can substitute for each of the ENT212 column loudspeakers mentioned above. This will also require a change to an ALC-1604D amplifier.
Amplified Loudspeaker Controllers
Biamp's line of Community Amplified Loudspeaker Controllers (ALC) are the recommended amplifiers for this application. They offer factory-optimized DSP processing, protective limiting and amplification, as well as signal routing, zone switching, and remote monitoring for virtually any Community loudspeaker application.
Standard Ethernet communication protocols allow for fast system design, system control, and remote system monitoring. Analog and Dante® inputs included in each model are assignable per channel in static or failover/backup configuration, supporting quick and easy integration into any new or existing system.
Community-authored loudspeaker presets include equalization, high pass filters, and multi-stage limiters tailored to each model, ensuring consistent sound quality and full loudspeaker protection in every application. Additionally, each Community loudspeaker preset includes loudspeaker power and impedance information, allowing the system configuration software to display the total power and impedance of multiple parallel wired loudspeakers, further reducing the time and effort required to match complete loudspeaker systems with the appropriate ALC models and output channel configurations.
In-depth control and monitoring is accomplished via ArmoníaPlus® system manager software.