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Family Worship Center - Lakeland, Florida

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In 2001 the Family Worship Center commenced on a major renovation project where the structure was gutted and rebuilt.

Initially the plan was to re-use the existing sound system, but Eric Thomas, the audio engineer for the church, urged the church leadership to investigate the possibility of a new sound system. In order to effectively convey the benefits to others at the church, he arranged for an onsite demonstration.

"We did A-B comparisons with what we already had in there, and they were just blown away," Thomas recalls. "The UPMs in particular were very impressive, because we had been having problems with our old underbalcony units. Everybody was amazed by how much great sound came out of that little box."

When the proposal was approved, Prince completed the final design, with the assistance of CAD drawings by Pro Sound's Craig Compton. Meyer Sound's design services department also assisted in modeling the system using the MAPP Online acoustical prediction program. According to Prince, the clarity and accuracy of the MAPP Online plots also helped move the church leadership toward the Meyer Sound system. "Another vendor proposing an alternate system used modeling as well," he explains, "but the church leaders were far more impressed by the way MAPP Online presented itself. It was so much easier for them to understand exactly what was going on."

The system as installed by Pro Sound comprises left and right clusters of MSL-4s, covering the main balcony areas and main floor sides, with a center cluster of two DF-4 Dedicated Downfill loudspeakers for the middle of the main floor. A pair of UPA-1P Compact Wide Coverage loudspeakers covers the extreme sides of the horseshoe-shaped balcony, and two USW-1P Compact subwoofers handle the deep bass. Underbalcony coverage is provided by nine UPM-1Ps, with two additional UPM-1Ps providing front fill. The flown loudspeakers took advantage of Meyer Sound's custom color matching, and the MSL-4s and DF-4s were easily mounted using QuickFly rigging.

"One of our primary goals was to improve speech intelligibility," stresses Thomas. "But we also have a strong emphasis on contemporary music and we often hit peaks up around 110 dB. After that, we come down to a quiet speaking level with our pastor on a wireless lav. Not many systems lend themselves well to that transition, but it turned into a big selling point in favor of the Meyers."

The primary components of the new system are the four MSL-4 Horn-Loaded Long-Throw loudspeakers along with several UPM-1P Ultra-Compact Wide Coverage loudspeakers.

Thomas further acknowledges that, as self-powered systems, the Meyer Sound loudspeakers had an edge in allowing a clean and straightforward installation. Plus, he notes, the self-powered line is quickly gaining favor among other churches in the area – a trend recognized by the church leadership. "It's a name that a lot of churches seem to be going with recently, and I think that also helped tilt the decision toward a Meyer system."

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