REACH also added four of the new NEXO GEO M620s for front fill along with 10x PS8s for under balcony fill. 3x NXAMP4x4 and 2x NXAMP4x1 amplifiers power the system with 5x NXDT104 controllers.
“REACH Communications completed a masterful install of the NEXO GEOS12 line array system,” states David Hammond, Director of Creative Worship, admitting that the original sanctuary architecture presented huge aesthetic challenges for a new audio system.
“The old system was literally falling apart and in desperate need of replacement, says Hammond. “It was a 3-cluster trap system that left many ‘holes’ in coverage throughout the room and balcony. REACH engineers were able to use NEXO modelling software to achieve remarkable coverage throughout the entire room. The level of clarity was like night and day. In addition, the new system using NEXO RS15 Ray Subs gave us the full-bodied low end that had been completely lacking. Everything from traditional choral numbers to driving pop tunes at high decibels sounds really amazing. And, the aesthetics of the new system are actually improved. The new arrays are slightly smaller than the old ones and look fantastic. We couldn’t be happier with the REACH install team and NEXO system components.”
According to Brad Van Voorst, Project Leader for REACH Communications during this installation, the NEXO GEO S12 product family was the clear choice from the beginning to fulfill this project. “The NEXO family was chosen for a variety of reasons for this particular project. The room is a highly reverberant space that really benefits from the low frequency pattern control that a true line array offers as well as the consistent phase response between the different models within the NEXO family. Being able to smoothly transition from the GEO S12 array to the M6 front-fills and the PS8 under-balcony fills was an important feature. Dante integration in the NXAMPs kept the entire signal chain digital, which helps to reduce the overall noise floor. Speakers with a white finish were necessary, given the traditional décor of the room.”
Van Voorst adds that the results lived up fully to the design goals. “The system serves well for both traditional and contemporary services. It performs great at any level and is consistent even as the level is pushed, with contemporary services running in the mid 90dBA range. Being able to fly the RS15 subs behind the main array helped to hide them a bit as well as keeping the acoustical time alignment as close as possible, requiring very little digital time alignment. Overall, the visual appearance of the system looks great in the room, with a very clean look that fits extremely well in this formal space.”
Last year, prior to the NEXO installation, REACH installed a Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console with two Rio3224-D input/output boxes in the sanctuary. During the recent NEXO installation, a BSS London BLU806 was added to the system, so that Dante networking can run directly from the CL5 to the BLU806 and then out to the NEXO amps.