The church required audio and video solutions that would improve worship services, but could also benefit the various groups that use the church facilities, including ballet performers, a liturgical dance group, theatrical troupes and the church’s three choirs. The key challenge for the project was to enhance the acoustics of the building’s stone and glass interior while also preserving the appearance of the traditional gothic architecture. CTSI’s solution would need to offer flexibility and ease of use while also remaining relatively out of sight.
CTSI’s expert engineers used computer-assisted EASE models to demonstrate the benefits of installing a digitally steerable array. Based on the modeling, CTSI selected the cutting-edge Renkus-Heinz ICONYX system. This integrated solution contains multiple full-range, high-performance coaxial transducers, each with its own digital amplifier and programmable signal processor. Specially-designed ICONYX units were affixed directly to the stone columns throughout main floor, with elevated units on the upper level and larger central arrays placed near the altar. The ICONYX audio technology is complemented by Sony Anycast video systems which include cameras, displays and fiber-optic transmitters and receivers.
According to CTSI Senior VP Gino Ruta, the immediate result was “jaw dropping satisfaction.” The transition to digital steerable audio arrays vastly improved overall sound quality, volume and clarity while improving the natural acoustics of the stone sanctuary. CTSI’s solution offered flexibility to meet the needs of the various performance groups, while also maintaining the integrity of the gothic design. Thanks to CTSI’s expert engineers and technicians, this historic church is now equipped to meet the audiovisual needs of parishioners today, and well into the future.