The largest Russian Orthodox church in the Republic of Bashkortostan, situated in the Volga federal district, has been equipped with an Electro-Voice sound system.
Recently renovated, the century-old HoW has been installed with a new audio system devised to improve intelligibility (RT60 beneath the central dome extends to several seconds) and relay services to the open area in front of the building. The system also had to be aesthetically discreet and easy to operate.
With these requirements in hand, Ufa-based First Install Company and E-V’s Russian partner, Ruton S, began work on a specification that, ultimately, was based around a carefully tuned blend of Electro-Voice EVID and ZX1i loudspeakers, all governed by a NetMax N8000 controller.
The reinforcement solution involved placing two Electro-Voice ZX1i-90 loudspeakers in front of the altar and pairs of EV S-40 loudspeakers in the areas above and below the balcony, with EVID 4.2 loudspeakers providing coverage in the nave. Outside the historic building, two ZX3-90PI W loudspeakers take up the relay, allowing the overspill congregation to participate in the service. A NetMax N8000 digital audio controller provides loudspeaker control, both individually and in groups, using IRIS-Net software.
E-V microphones have also been located at strategic locations throughout the building, including two RE20 microphones on floor stands to capture the choir, two PolarChoice XLR gooseneck microphones with RE-2 body-pack transmitters for the deacons and readers of the lesson, an RE92H hanging microphone in the icon vault, an RE92 Lavalier microphone (plus RE-2 body-pack) for the patriarch, and two OLM10 Lavalier microphones (also with RE-2 transmitters) for the other priests. The participation of the congregation outside the church is also captured by use of an RE410 premium condenser cardioid.
To enable easy overseeing of the system, First Install Company opted for PWS-6 Programmable Wall Stations, which offer push-button remote control of the NetMax system including all DSP parameters. Reflecting the varying congregation sizes, engineers have programmed four presets, for 100, 300, 500 and 1,000 worshippers.