Grand Cayman Baptist Church was looking for a new high-powered sound system that would be capable of handling everything from a grand piano to contemporary worship and even hip-hop-style events. Washington state-based Halo Systems was commissioned to provide just such a system.
The challenge for Halo was the facility design, octagonal shaped with 40-foot ceilings. Seating for approximately 1,000 on both the main floor and balcony combined. Plus a full-width choir loft above and behind the stage. “Challenging corners, cavities and upper roof lines made for an extremely challenging acoustic environment,” notes Halos Systems audio systems design engineer Gary Ryan.
To meet the challenge, Halo Systems chose the dB Technologies DVA line array. “We’ve found the dB Technologies DVA product to be durable, powerful and sonically accurate loudspeakers,” says project manager Myron Wengerd.
Wengerd goes on to note how the company went above and beyond in partnering on the project. While some of the dB product is available in white, “the option of white and the company’s willingness to custom paint additional cabinets was critical in this Caribbean décor-oriented room,” notes Wengerd.
Left and right arrays were comprised of six DVA-T8 active three-way modules along with one DVA-S10 18” subwoofer. In addition, one DVX-D12 HP active 12” two-way cabinet side/downfill plus one DVA-T4 module firing back into the choir loft for monitoring was added to the arrays. Two DVA-S30 active double 18” subwoofers were built into retired pipe organ wall cavities on either side of the stage for additional low-frequency support. In addition, there were give DVA-T4 modules mounted under the front lip of the balcony as under-balcony fills.
“The acoustic challenges of the room made it even more impressive that the dB Technologies speakers were so easy to dial in,” explains Halo Systems acoustician Gary Ryan. “The T8’s are very responsive to EQ’ing and general signal adjustments. And what else can you say about the power and performance of the DVA-S30 subs? They’re just amazing.”
As a final note, Ryan says, “ease of installation, set-up, use and tuning made us all look good while giving the customer more than they expected.