With a move to a much larger facility in Newcastle, just north of Sydney, The Grainery Church called on Forefront to specify, supply and install solutions for its new auditorium.
The venue, formerly office space, required considerable work to be converted into a suitable worship space. The result is an auditorium seating approx. 450 people. The roof line is relatively low with considerable exposed structure and services such as A/C limiting the available positions and sight lines for the audio elements.
Forefront modelled various speaker system designs to work within the challenging parameters including low roof height, limited available positions and low stage height, requiring sub bass elements also needed to be flown.
A NEXO GEO M10 mid-sized line array system was chosen for its medium form factor, combination of 12 degree and 25 degree vertical dispersion, and cost-effectiveness.
”The speaker system design is main left, centre and right arrays of NEXO GEO M10, augmented with PS10R2 out-fill for the extreme side of stage seating areas and ID24 elements for front fill. All elements are flown, including an array of LS18 subs,” commented Nick Burns of Forefront.
As a multifunction space, the ease of use of the system for small functions was a must. A Xilica Neutrino processor was implemented with custom touchscreen programming, allowing instant access and control of wireless vocal microphones, music and video replay for smaller gatherings.
The results are fantastic and set for further improvement in the future with console and microphone upgrades. The process is a good case study for challenges that can face the modern day church when converting and changing the intended use of an existing space.