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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“(The congregation’s) feedback has been very, very, very positive. In particular, it has been with their ability to hear words, which was what was most lacking before,” said Costello. From Mitchell, he recalled hearing from one member, a high school orchestra teacher, “that it was a significant improvement over what they had.”

Between the new speakers, amplifiers, mixer and processors, Mitchell figured the speakers were most responsible for the space’s sound improvement. “Having speakers that do a good job, controlling the sound energy, is critical in a room so large,” he said. To Costello, the choice of speakers made sense for the church, knowing that there was a need to update. “We knew the technology had changed significantly since then, (and the speakers were) one of the more economical solutions offered to us.”

With the work now complete, both Mitchell and Costello consider the goals of the project as having been met.

For what was installed, both Costello and Mitchell agreed that the toughest aspect was flying the Electro-Voice horn-loaded speakers.

“The rigging was certainly a challenge, with it being so high,” said Mitchell. “We had to get an articulating platform (to finish the install). It was tough to maneuver it, as we had to thread the needle as we worked around the sanctuary.” Costello estimated that the majority of the time was spent hanging the Electro-Voice speakers, about four days.

The install at the church took less than a week, noted Mitchell, with no delays or cancellations of any services. Work began on a Monday morning that week by dismantling the old system, before finishing up the next Saturday afternoon. Even with for the regularly scheduled Friday morning mass for the students, Mitchell had a temporary system in place.

Beyond the need to return for installing new wiring in the space, Mitchell expected to return for future training with the church’s other personnel, having thus far done completed training with Costello.

 

 




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