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Bose MA12 Line Array

posted Aug 20, 2011, 12:08 PM by Brent Chamberlin   [ updated Aug 20, 2011, 12:21 PM ]
At First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland, where I am currently the audio engineer, we are testing out a line array from Bose in the sanctuary.  While the sanctuary is specifically designed for a reverberated sound to maximise the sound for music (specifically classical), an important part to a church service is the sermon.  Clarity in speech is something these rooms are not made for. 

We are specifically testing out the Bose MA12 array.  A 3 array stack per side in the front of the sanctuary the can evenly disperse throughout the congregation.  This will allow for direct focus on the speakers to the seated audience and eliminate them hearing reverberated sound off of the walls, ceiling, etc. 

In just one sitting so far with the Bose, I am pleased with the product.  In the coming weeks, we should be able to address the situations with audio being heard on the chancel (namely the choir).  This past year, we had to pump major volumes into the choir's monitors for them to hear, but then that created more reverb bouncing off the back walls, and making the speech unclear to the congregation.  With the new line arrays, that problem should be eliminated. 

See specs on the Bose MA12 here.
Brent Chamberlin,
Aug 20, 2011, 12:19 PM