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Oak Valley Church renovates warehouse with Fulcrum

Oak Valley Church renovates warehouse with Fulcrum

Oak Valley Church renovates warehouse with Fulcrum


Following 20 years of growth, Oak Valley Church has recently purchased and renovated an old warehouse and transformed it with loudspeakers from Fulcrum Acoustic. Oak Valley is a mid-sized, family-run community church located in the foothills of southern California. Its new facilities, comprising offices, classrooms, ministries and the main sanctuary, were built from the ground up with a focus on tech-forward features including integrated stage and house lighting, a 32 foot x 21 foot LED videowall onstage, broadcast facilities and a new sound system.

Designed and installed by Bowls Engineering Sound & Acoustics (BESA), the wide sanctuary presented a challenge in obtaining smooth, even coverage. The concave back wall was also focusing amplified sound on the LED videowall onstage, creating echoes and focusing at the pulpit position, while the reflective parallel side walls and back corners were causing echoes throughout.

Darren Bowls from BESA chose Fulcrum Acoustic’s FH1596 full-range coaxial horn loudspeakers to minimise sound hitting the reflective and focusing surfaces. The speaker system was installed in an L-C-R configuration to cover the wide seating area and with enough output to accommodate modern rock worship music. Sub218L direct-radiating subwoofers were installed in pockets beneath the stage, providing a more spectrally balanced single-source sound.

Bowls also chose Fulcrum's DX896 dual coaxial loudspeakers as front-fills to maintain the spectral balance and supplement coverage for the first few rows beneath and between the FH1596 mains. FW15 coaxial cardioid stage monitors, using Fulcrum’s Passive Cardioid Technology, were deployed for frontline musicians onstage to minimise low-frequency leakage from spilling into the front rows.

“I first installed Fulcrum’s FH loudspeakers at a high school gymnasium last year. Between the speakers and the acoustical treatments, this is one of the best listening environments we have created to date,” said Bowls. “Knowing Oak Valley's sanctuary was near the same size as the gym, I knew the FH15s would be a perfect fit for that room. The speakers sound brilliant. The system as designed distributes sound exactly how and where we want it.”

Zack Tuttle, the driving force behind Oak Valley Church's technology vision adds: “There is a unique smoothness and clarity that you get from Fulcrum speakers. It is such an enjoyable sound. Even when you push the system hard, you just get more out of that same great sound.”

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