Nairobi Gospel Centre upgrades with dBTechnologies

In August 11, 2015
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A recent audio installation at Nairobi Gospel Centre International has drawn on equipment from Italian manufacturer dBTechnologies. Local pro audio solutions company, Sound Creations Ltd, was enlisted to upgrade the building’s existing audio system with a new line array solution, in addition to training the church’s sound team on its operation. The equipment was selected by Sound Creations in terms of ‘good coverage, clarity, quality and budget’.

Prior to the recent upgrade, the building housed a distributed speaker system comprising models from several manufacturers that had become ‘unreliable’, with sound quality beginning to suffer. The new line array features two main hangs, each comprising four dBTechnologies T4 elements and a S9 subwoofer, with two groundstacked S20 subwoofers providing further low-end support. Extended coverage to the rear of the sanctuary comes from four Flexsys F8 cabinets for the under-balcony area. A further four T4 enclosures were also deployed to provide coverage for the upper balcony seating. Additionally, a pair of Flexsys F15 speakers were deployed to provide side fill, while stage monitoring is from four Flexsys Fm12 monitors. An Allen & Heath Qu-32 digital console completes the system.

‘The system design considered that the venue has a balcony seating area and also a seating area under the balcony. Both needed to be covered in the design of the sound system,’ explained a spokesperson from Sound Creations. ‘Hence the fill speakers under the balcony and also the adjustment of the angle of tilt of the line array system. Additional pairs of db T4 line array speakers were positioned to cover the top balcony area.’

One of the key considerations was managing the room acoustics, in particular the reverberation time, to ensure ‘high speech intelligibility and good music performance’. Prior to installation, the design was simulated using software and, according to the team, ‘met all of the required expectations in terms of quality, output and coverage’.

With the new system now in use, the lead pastor, project committee and church members all report being very happy with the installation and ‘the tremendous improvement of sound in the venue’.


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