First Baptist Church of San Marcos has upgraded its sound system with Danley Sound Labs equipment. Installed by Electro Acoustics, the system includes 4x Danley SH-50 loudspeakers arranged in an exploded arc as mains, with an SH-95 suspended below each as downfill speakers, and two SH-95HO loudspeakers as delays. In addition, 2x TH118 subwoofers were flown as an end-fire subwoofer array. The new installation also features choir monitors, Powersoft amplifiers, a Symetrix Prism DSP and Allen & Heath consoles.
First Baptist Church is a diverse and multi-generational church based in San Marcos, Texas. In 2012, the church reached out to sound designer Curt Taipale of Taipale Media Systems to evaluate and re-tune their existing system. Over the years, the church had considered replacing their sound system, however the situation became urgent after their existing digital signal processor (DSP) started to fail. Following a long relationship with Curt, he was asked in June 2020 to assist in a possible new design of their sound system. The primary goal of the new installation was improved coverage and intelligibility.
“At the time, they considered a handful of companies to design the new system and completed due diligence by listening to some of my projects in Texas,” said Taipale. “They were very pleased with one system in particular that utilised Danley Sound Labs equipment. I asked Kim Comeaux to do a demonstration in their sanctuary of Danley products so that others on the team could hear them in person.”
Following the demonstration, Scott Davis, worship pastor at First Baptist Church of San Marcos, agreed with Curt’s recommendation – “there’s nothing like Danley.”
Robert Bernecker of SEFI Consulting who commissioned and tuned the system, said: “In my opinion, this is a text book case where more conventional technologies like line arrays would have been the absolute wrong solution for the space. The wide horizontal patterns would have caused a lot of reverberation in the room.
“Danley products demonstrate a commitment to elevating point-source technology, and that was exactly what was needed for this space. I particularly love that Danley offers honest EASE data and specs for their products. Also, Danley’s subs are remarkable in their efficiency and sensitivity allowing for a lower box count and their legendary punch.”