|The main sound reinforcement system in the nave comprises two DYNACORD TS 400 vertical arrays|
The success of Jordanian DYNACORD and Electro-Voice partner Advanced Solutions continues apace, the latest instance being an installation in a newly built house of worship in Aqaba. The Stella Maris church in the coastal resort on the Red Sea has been fully equipped by Advanced Solutions with sound reinforcement systems from DYNACORD and Electro-Voice. Two years in the construction, the church was dedicated by the Patriarch of Jerusalem in mid-December.
The nerve centre of the multi-zone installation in the Stella Maris church is an Electro-Voice NetMax N8000 controller that can be controlled remotely from a TPI-5 touch panel. Using IRIS-Net software, twelve different channels can be supervised and controlled individually and remotely. By this means, the loudspeakers in the hall and on the balcony as well as near the main and rear entrances can be turned on and off and their volume controlled independently. “The advantage of having different zones is that it gives you greater flexibility,” says Sami Janho, general manager of Advanced Solutions. “During normal church services, only the loudspeakers in the nave and on the balcony are used. On major festival days, on the other hand, every pew is often taken and it becomes necessary then to provide sound reinforcement also to the exterior.”
The main sound reinforcement system in the nave comprises two DYNACORD TS 400 vertical arrays with different angles of tilt on each side of the altar. These are mounted discreetly on the wall and powered by a four-channel Electro-Voice CPS 4.10 power amplifier. “With its very even reproduction of the entire frequency range, the TS 400 is ideal for rooms with difficult acoustics. The tight focus and high sound pressure levels you can achieve with this system and the outstanding control of the vertical dispersion guarantee a high level of intelligibility.”
Sound reinforcement in the balcony is provided by ultra-compact EVU-1062/95 loudspeakers from the Electro-Voice EV-Innovation family, whilst the exteriors adjacent to the front and rear entrances are covered by weatherproof Electro-Voice ZX1i systems. Two additional ZX1 monitors are positioned near the altar. These loudspeakers are driven by an eight-channel CPS 8.5 power amplifier.
Despite the considerable size of the church and the low sound absorption of the façade, Advanced Solutions has succeeded in mastering the acoustic challenge superbly. And, thanks to the FIR filter presets of the Electro-Voice N8000 digital matrix controller, the intelligibility is truly convincing. “We are particularly grateful to the architect, Osama Twal of Contour for Engineering, without whose commitment to the quality of the sound we would have been unable to achieve such convincing results in what is an extremely reverberant building,” says Janho.