Early last year, CMC initially commissioned Parkway Electric and Communications to design a discrete loudspeaker setup to provide sound reinforcement for its 180-voice choir and orchestra, both of which perform from the far left side of the sanctuary. After evaluating at a number of systems, Parkway specified a compact LA4-powered system comprised of four KIVA elements arrayed beneath a KILO low-frequency extension cabinet, with two additional KIVA down-firing behind the array to provide monitoring for the choir.
Pleased with the new choir/orchestra system, the church began to move forward with plans to replace the 1,700-seat fan-shaped room's aging house system with two larger KIVA/KILO arrays -- and then the stock market crashed.
As the house system was being fired up for the first time, CMC Worship Leader Gary Matthews came into the room. "Normally a client walking in before we have had a chance to even set up the test gear is a huge concern," says Parkway Sales and Marketing Manager Gary Zandstra. "However, in this case, right out of the box the system sounded great -- even better than I was expecting. Gary Matthews brought in a bunch of CDs and started playing them through the system. After listening for a while, he told us that he was absolutely astounded with the sound quality and coverage emanating from this tiny coaxial system that had initially been viewed as somewhat of a compromise before it went in."
"In fact, the chance of us putting a KIVA system in there in the next couple of years went way down because they're really happy with how the 115XT HiQs are performing," adds VandeHoef. "However, the beauty of this design is that if they do eventually decide to install KIVA, the coaxials will simply be repurposed as stage monitors. So this system allowed the church to move forward and install a system that they truly needed, but without the worry that they would be wasting money on equipment that would be used perhaps only for a short time."
L-ACOUSTICS is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Known around the globe for pioneering and championing the modern line array loudspeaker concept with V-DOSC, the company has received numerous accolades for its K1, KUDO, KIVA, ARCS, XT coaxial loudspeaker systems and SB line of subwoofer enclosures, all powered and processed with the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers in fulfillment of a "total system approach." L-ACOUSTICS products for the North American market are manufactured and distributed by L-ACOUSTICS US of Oxnard, California.
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