EAW Speakers Flourish in New Valley Chapel Sanctuary Space
Line arrays, made up of JFL210 modules, are credited with offering an 'amazing' spread of sound throughout the new space.
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UXBRIDGE, Mass. — For the congregants of Valley Chapel, a Church of the Nazarene, their doors opened to a new sanctuary last October.
As part of that new space, the 32,000-foot church has seating for up to 900 congregants. Over the last 30 years, the church’s congregation has more than quadrupled, to more than 400-plus, with the new, larger space offering plenty of room to grow.
Planning for the construction of the church dated back more than 14 years, with the new church also having space for four large adult classrooms, a prayer room, a children’s wing and even a café, replacing a building that had grown out of a Methodist church in 1908.
When the installation for a sound system began over last summer, the church worked closely with a professional integrator based out of Lowell, Shanahan Sound and Electronics. The Shanahan technicians worked to hang speaker line arrays from Eastern Acoustic Works, or EAW, whose main office is just a couple of miles down the road in Whitinsville.
The proximity of the church to the speaker manufacturer has been beneficial to Valley Chapel, noted Associate Pastor Joshua Howard, who regularly works with the sound system.
Referencing fellow church member and project technical advisor Duff Kirklewski, who recommended the EAW line of speakers to the church, “He works closely with EAW, and knew they are a high-quality speaker,” said Howard. “And it helps if we can say, ‘Can you pop on over?’ as they have come over twice to tweak the system with white noise and pink noise (testing).” Regarding the installation process, Howard added, “They first set the room up with one array, then the second array went up, and they tweaked it again. Working with their computers and microphones, they heard different areas of the sanctuary, to make sure it was balanced and that the coverage was equal.”
The arrays, mounted about 50 feet above the sanctuary seating, is composed of a series of modules, with each JFL210 module featuring two 10-inch woofers, paired with a 3-inch compression driver.
After calibrating the speakers, the Shanahan technicians also completed the install of the system’s other equipment, from AV racks, outboard equipment, a pair of 10,000 lumen HD projectors and the video distribution system.
“They did our projectors, our two 16-foot projection screens, the third-party controls, and the wiring for the stage boxes, all those connections,” explained Howard. “With our brand new construction, they were working in stages.”
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