Indiana Church Undergoes Quick Audio System Overhaul

Electro-Voice horn-loaded speaker system replace aging speakers, with install also featuring EV amplifiers and processors, and an Allen & Heath digital mixer, all able to be controlled by an iPad mini.

Indiana Church Undergoes Quick Audio System Overhaul
With the new system set up with the iPad mini, pictured, the Little Flower Catholic Church in Indianapolis, is able to control the system remotely throughout the church.

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Indiana Church Undergoes Quick Audio System Overhaul

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INDIANAPOLIS – More than 20 years ago, Phil Mitchell, of Mitchell Design Group in Kokomo, Indiana, had designed the sound system at Little Flower Catholic Church.

As time wore on, issues with intelligibility recently became more problematic with the aging system. Looking again to Mitchell, he installed a system featuring new speakers, amplifiers, a mixer along with a wiring overhaul.

Over the span of a week in late February, Mitchell worked extensively on installing a set of horn-loaded Electro-Voice EVH coaxial speakers in the space. Also part of the install were a single Electro-Voice EVF fill speaker for the balcony, a set of four biamped Electro-Voice CPS 2.9 MK II amplifiers, an Allen & Heath Qu-PAC rack mountable digital mixer and a pair of Electro-Voice DX46 speaker processors.

Change was required, due to “complaints from the congregation that they could not hear in certain spots.”

One major change with the new system, Mitchell noted, was the ability to have an iPad mini control it. That allowed the mixer to be remotely located. With that flexibility, certain scenes can be quickly recalled, whether for a school mass, funeral or regularly scheduled mass.

For a congregation numbering around 300 for each of four weekend services, according to Tom Costello, the church’s Director of Stewardship and Parish Administration (who also oversees the music program), many congregants “were experiencing challenges in intelligibility. People couldn’t hear,” warranting the needed change.

Mitchell agreed, noting that, “They were getting complaints from the congregation that they could not hear in certain spots.” That was likely related to the fact that the “building had changed since the system was installed.”

The structure’s layout and makeup also demand plenty from any audio system. The most challenging aspects are the space’s cruciform design, and the very sound reflective terrazzo floors, explained Costello.

The new system was first used during a service Feb. 25, and Mitchell admitted the building’s wiring required additional work.

“We are going back in, as we had temporary wiring in,” for that first service, “he explained. “The wiring was of an undetermined age, with lots of splicing. We have the (soon-to-be permanent wiring) on order right now.” The church has been in at its current location the last 52 years.

Goals Quickly Realized after Install

In the two weekends since the new system was installed, the response has been particularly favorable, noted Costello and Mitchell.


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