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Raleigh First Assembly Installs Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console

December, 2015

NC House of Worship Installs Yamaha CL5.

The biggest challenge in specifying sound for a house of worship is often overcoming the limitations of the physical space. That was the situation for Ft. Wayne, IN based Custom Sound Designs (CSD) Group, Inc. who faced this scenario for an audio project at First Assembly Church in Raleigh, NC. A Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console was one of the solutions with the console controlling a L-Acoustics' Kiva and ARCS WiFo speaker system.

Raleigh First Assembly acquired a 58,000-square-foot space that had the advantage of being located right in the middle of its congregation's location, but the abandoned industrial property presented challenges as massive as the space.

"This is not just a case of it being a large and acoustically unfriendly space," explains CSD President Doug Hood. "In some ways it was closer to a new-construction project than a typical renovation, but the nature of the construction limited what could be done. The site was originally a manufacturing facility, so it was a large and almost completely open environment. Things like support beams are central to the structure and therefore had to be worked around in terms of the design."

A Yamaha CL5 digital mixing console fed by RIO digital stage boxes drives the L-Acoustics system, and in-ear monitoring relies on a mix of Sennheiser transmitter-receiver packages along with Aviom personal mixers. Using almost all in-ears and only two small wedges virtually eliminates stage volume, which is crucial in this venue.

"One of the reasons we chose the Yamaha CL5 was that we wanted this system to be rider-friendly," Hood shares. "We knew that the console is widely accepted as a standard of quality so we felt very comfortable with selecting it. Furthermore, we wanted to run a digital snake from the stage to the mix position, so by using the Rio input/output boxes we were able to accomplish that goal. We also wanted seamless integration to the IEM system, and by using Dante we created a great signal flow to the Aviom personal mixers on stage."

Hood reports that before any audio or staging gear went in, a total of 118 custom acoustic panels made by Golterman and Sabo were installed. "It was a very unfriendly space to start with, but we treated most everything except the ceiling-the side walls and the back wall-and it is all very well behaved now."

"From a relationship standpoint, RFA was the perfect client. They put a lot of trust in CSD. Basically they said, "Here's this great big building. What can we do to make it special?"

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