At King Street Church in Chambersburg, PA, three service styles are held each Sunday: traditional, contemporary, and a blended service. The contemporary and blended services have anywhere from six to ten musicians and vocalists as part of the praise band. The church has a congregation of around 2,000, with 550 seats in the sanctuary and 725 in a separate contemporary worship space. As it is with many established churches, the traditional architecture at King Street, combined with the diverse worship styles presented some interesting challenges. “Having a system that has a high level of performance, especially with vocal clarity, was crucial. The system also has to be volunteer friendly,” states Tyler Roberts, Media and Production Coordinator at King Street Church.
Tasked with the project was Morris Light & Sound of Nashville, who recommended a NEXO GEO S12 line array consisting of five GEO S12s per side and two RS18 Ray Subs flown in the center. “The tech team had heard the NEXO and Yamaha systems at many conferences and training sessions, states John Petrarca (Audio Install Project Coordinator, King Street Church). Since the church is made up mostly of volunteers and house audio duties are shared, we needed a system that was up to date and able to make transitions from one service style to the next. The system also allows for future growth, from video production to multi-site possibilities.”
A Yamaha CL5 digital audio console at front of house, and two Rio 3224-D input/output located in an amp rack behind the stage were also part of the upgrade. According to Danny Rosenbalm, Vice President – Integration for Morris, “We needed to provide a system that was not only aesthetically pleasing but also met performance requirements for the various services at the church. The NEXO GEOS12s were a great choice for this application as they provide exceptional coverage and strong full range music reproduction, all while keeping the spoken word and vocal clarity of paramount importance.”
Rosenbalm added that the Yamaha CL5 was a natural choice for the FOH console since church engineers were already familiar with the CentraLogic platform on the M7CL. “The console provides them the ability to mix twice the number of channels, adds new dynamics and EQ plug-ins via the Premium Rack, and employs Dante protocol for device connectivity. Utilizing Dante networking significantly cleaned up the signal path from the existing traditional copper snake. It also gave the church the ability to connect multiple venues on campus as well as provide broadcast with new recording possibilities. Overall, we are extremely pleased with the results from Yamaha/NEXO system.”