Church on the Move switches to L-Acoustics
Wednesday, 10 November 2021
lacotm1The Tulsa-based church now has over 7,000 members
USA - Tulsa-based Church on the Move, established in 1987 with a mere 163 worshipers, now has over 7,000 members worshiping at three campuses surrounding a 2,200-seat main sanctuary. Recently, that primary location underwent a major systems renovation that included the installation of a new K2 loudspeaker system, designed and installed by Oklahoma City-based Skylark AV, an L-Acoustics certified provider, install.
“The church knew what they wanted, and they wanted L-Acoustics right out of the gate,” says Steele ‘Ninja’ Beaty, project manager at Skylark AV. “The only question we had to decide was: which L-Acoustics speakers would work best?”
K2 was chosen based on three things, says Skylark AV’s Todd ‘Linchpin’ Cromwell: “Performance, musicality, and SPL. Church on the Move is very much a contemporary worship church when it comes to music, and it can get loud. At the same time, we had to keep speech intelligibility in mind. Fortunately, with L-Acoustics, when you achieve one, you also get the other automatically.”
The church’s director of production, Johnathan Basquez, says both of those characteristics are critical. “The clarity of the K2 system is remarkable; you can have someone across the room on a microphone, and it sounds like they’re standing a foot away from you,” is how he describes the experience. “It’s the best intelligibility I’ve ever heard in a PA system, anywhere.”
He also cites the consistency of that experience: “The music can go from loud to soft, from 98 dB to 76 dB, but it never loses its presence. We like a lot of low end in the sound, and it’s there, but we also like to be able to hear the vocals very clearly, and now we can. In fact, you can pick out each and every instrument on stage. The definition is amazing.”
Church on the Move’s new loudspeaker setup consists of 10 K2 per side in a left-right main-system design, with three K1-SB subs flown behind each hang and eight KS28 subs arrayed below the stage. In addition, a dozen Kara II per side are used as out-fill arrays, two A15i as extreme side-fills, and 14 short-throw 5XT as front-fills integrated into the stage, so they are out of sight.
All loudspeakers are managed by the L-Acoustics P1 processor and connected by five LS10 plug-and-play, Avnu-certified AVB switches that integrate seamlessly within the L-Acoustics ecosystem and further simplify connectivity. Fourteen LA12X amplified controllers are used to power the K2 and subs, while seven LA4X provide muscle for the Kara II and 5XT systems.
Meanwhile, when construction on the church’s new Broken Arrow location is completed, scheduled for later this month, it will house an equally impressive sound system scaled for its 500-seat auditorium. There, the PA will comprise a left-right system of three A10 per side - two A10 Focus and one A10 Wide - with one KS21 sub flown behind each main array and buttressed by four Syva Low and four Syva subs. The main system is supported with left-right sidefill arrays of one A10 Focus and A10 Wide each. In addition, an X8 acts as a centerfill, and the entire system is powered by three LA4X and one LA12X.

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