A Martin Audio OmniLine micro array PA system has been installed by integrator Rea Sound in the 450-capacity Donaghcloney Presbyterian Church, Northern Ireland.
The church’s previous system, which was installed in the early 1980’s, had reached the end of its life and the sound quality had deteriorated dramatically. Seeking a solution that would take them far into the future, the church also simultaneously commissioned a complete visual display system, with PTZ cameras, projectors and screens.
Cookstown-based Rea Sound won the contract to replace the existing PA system on the strength of their knowledge, product and adaptability.
The new system encompasses two separate PA hangs, with eight OmniLine modules in each, along with Martin Audio’s equally unobtrusive AQ5 for under-balcony fills — all powered by a single Martin Audio MA2.8Q power amp.
The OmniLine optimisation was implemented by Rea Sound’s own in-house engineer, whose software calculations ensured even coverage throughout the Church. By utilising a complement of unique drivers and mechanical alignment techniques, simple EQ and limiting is the only processing required, while the powerful software application provides accurate inter-cabinet and array angles, in order to optimise coverage over a predefined area
OmniLine has also needed to show its versatility, since a mixture of source inputs are routed through the system. These include fixed pulpit and lectern mics, two computer feeds (one at the mix position at the rear of the balcony and one in the pulpit), CD Player, iPod connection and two vocal singing mics. According to Rea Sound's project manager, Roger McMullan: "the system is set up to grow with them in that they have the option to connect up the live praise band as and when they need to.”