St. Patrick’s Catholic Church located in suburban Washington, D.C. has upgraded its sound system with the project also marking the first time Renkus-Heinz Iconyx Gen5 arrays have been installed.
Gene Ingham of integrators RCI Systems, explained the issues with the previous system: “The sanctuary has an A-frame architecture with 35ft ceilings and lots of windows. The altar area is in the centre, the choir is on one side with the organ and piano, and most of the congregation sits directly in front. The original sound system did not project far enough, so it was like a cloud of sound coming out of the sky, lacking clarity and intelligibility.”
Ingham specified a pair of Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC16-RN digitally steered arrays, which is the first installation of Renkus-Heinz Iconyx Gen5, the fifth generation of the company’s Iconyx steered beam technology. Gen5 versions of Iconyx are setup and controlled via RHAON II System Designer, the company’s latest version of its software control and beam steering application.
“RCI Systems uses the Renkus-Heinz IC Live Series for our event production business, so I’m very familiar with their beam-steering technology,” Ingham noted. “We do a lot of work in very reverberant spaces, and IC Live is a real problem solver for us. St. Patrick’s has a traditional service with organ, piano, and choir, and speech Intelligibility is important for them. The IC16-RNs sound great and have plenty of power.
“We used two beams for each loudspeaker to cover the room, and the beam coverage was so wide that I only had to put two IC16-RNs in, and it still covers the main room and at least half of the transept.
“Initially I was going to put the loudspeakers closer to the audience, but when we looked at the modelling, we found that if we could place the loudspeakers to the left and right of the altar, about nine foot up, we could shoot over everything and still get plenty of sound in the back. The new RHAON II software made it come together very quickly. And with the IC16-RN’s low-profile design, half the people don’t even know the speakers are there.”