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Danley revitalises Pioneer Memorial Church

Danley revitalises Pioneer Memorial Church

Danley revitalises Pioneer Memorial Church

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Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, hosts over 3,000 students, with over 1,000 of which in seminary, and is the flagship institution in the Seventh-day Adventist school system. Located on the university campus, Pioneer Memorial Church serves a pivotal role in the school’s spiritual and social life. New Era Technology recently revitalised the sound reinforcement in the church with Danley Sound Labs SBH10 and SBH20 columnar loudspeakers, TH212 tapped-horn subwoofers and DNA amplifiers with integrated DSP using Danley model presets.

The New Era Technology team found that the church’s old system was lacking evenness and coverage. ‘It was a cluster of units placed 50 feet up in the air, at the top of the sanctuary’s large A-frame ceiling,’ explained Paul Black, account executive with New Era Technology. ‘Not everyone could clearly hear what was going on and the system lacked overall intelligibility. The frequency response was limited.’ The church needed smooth, even coverage across the pews capable of seating 1,000 people, including a loft section at the back of the sanctuary.

Pioneer Memorial Church’s new system starts with three pairs of Danley SBH-series columnar loudspeakers. The SBH10s on each side of the stage cover the first half of the sanctuary, and a delayed pair halfway back cover the remainder, including under the loft. A pair of SBH20s cover the loft. Two TH212 subwoofers fill out the low end, while a pair of four-channel DNA 10k4 Pro amplifiers power the system with 20,000W combined. New Era Technology ordered the DNA amplifiers with optional Dante connectivity to connect with the church’s existing console.

There were some concerns about how the new loudspeakers would look – the old system was way up at the top of the ceiling, and the proposed system was lower and more in sight. New Era Technology worked closely with the church to coordinate the aesthetic concerns, producing 3D models of the space. ‘The column form of the new loudspeaker system is attractive, and they have been professionally painted to blend in with their surroundings,’ Black said. ‘The church is very happy with the look, and they’re thrilled with the clarity, evenness and intelligibility of their new Danley system.’

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