Since opening its Minneapolis campus’ current sanctuary in 1991, the style of worship at Bethlehem Baptist Church has changed dramatically. “Because of the multi-ethnic expressions of our congregation and our focus on blended worship,” Timothy Frederick, Bethlehem’s Director for Media Ministries, explains, “the breadth of music ranges from choir and orchestra, to contemporary and ethnic worship ensembles.”

To speak to those needs, Mark Pearson of CCI Solutions specified two Tannoy VQ 60s, placed in an exploded mono cluster roughly 15’ apart, flanked by one VQ 40 per side, and a VS 218DR sub – flown between the VQ 60s – for LF support. “We needed 210° of coverage because of the shape of the room, but it’s also very shallow on the sides, so we had to have a box that was very directional to fill in those areas and the VQ 40MHs were great for that.”

The choice of Tannoy was driven by the company’s reputation for clear, articulate reinforcement of both speech and music. “I used a pair of Tannoy studio monitors on another job years ago and loved how articulate they were,” Pearson says. “Basically, for Bethlehem, I wanted a bigger version of that.”

“The sanctuary seats over 900 people, has balconies on three sides and a 70-foot peaked ceiling. It’s beautiful, but quite live,” Frederick puts in, “and we felt that a Tannoy system like CCI Solutions recommended was the best choice.”

“Pairing Tannoy with Lab.gruppen amplifiers was a beautiful thing,” he adds, citing the monitoring and control provided by Lab.gruppen’s NLB 60E NomadLink Bridge and Network Controller, the overall headroom available and the Contractor Series’ efficient power usage. In total, one Lab C 10:4X was used to drive the under balcony speakers, one C 16:4 for the VQ 60 mid/high drivers and two C 28:4s for the over-balcony speakers and two Lab C 88:4s for the VQ60 low drivers and the subwoofer. “We can push it as hard as we want without worry. A few weeks after the install, we hosted a concert by Christian artist, Andrew Peterson. He came in with a full band and the sound was fabulous. We walked out of the concert thinking ‘that’s exactly what we wanted; clear, robust, concert quality sound. We’re thrilled!”

Installed in August 2012, the system allows Bethlehem to retain a traditional atmosphere, while providing their multi-ethnic, cross-generational congregation with rock solid sound that will enhance their ability to express their faith in myriad different ways, long term.

Originally posted 2013-03-14 23:15:40.