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Indiana's Grace Community Church Gains Intimacy, Adaptability through Meyer Sound Constellation

"Total adaptability in worship is what the next generation will be seeking to explore. The Constellation system actually affords the adaptability in the sonic domain. In the future, any time the creative arts team says we want to do this or that with sound, chances are they will be able to do it, thanks in large part to Constellation."

- Kevin Callahan
Architect, Callahan Studios

The South Auditorium of Grace Community Church reveals a striking vision of what worship spaces of the future might look like—and sound like. Within this new, extraordinarily adaptable 1,650-seat space in suburban Indianapolis, Ind., a zero-level platform, reconfigurable wrap-around seating, and 360-degree theatrical lighting allow multiple visual and inter-relational effects. Delivering next-generation sound for this space, Meyer Sound's Constellation electroacoustic architecture works hand-in-glove with a Meyer Sound primary reinforcement system to afford both flexibility and intimacy in creating harmonious aural experiences.

For Architect Kevin Callahan of Callahan Studios in Scottsdale, Ariz., the foundational design goal was to work with spatial relationships, color, images and sounds as fluid palettes for creating sensory environments to enable full congregational participation. "Isn't worship supposed to be participation, not merely a performance? I believe so, and that's why I designed the architecture here as a giant, three-dimensional hug," says Callahan. "Constellation supports that effect by allowing the congregation to sense their active participation."

From the outset of the visionary design process, Callahan collaborated on all aspects of acoustics and production technology with Vance Breshears and Jeff Miller of Sound Technology Consultants (STC) in El Cajon, Calif., as well as with the church's Senior Pastor Dave Rodriguez and Senior Director of Production Daryl Cripe. The contractor was The Spectrum Group of Oklahoma City.

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PostDate: 29/05/2009



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