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Meyer Sound M1D System Complements Angular Architecture of St. Laurence Catholic Church in Texas

"I've been involved with music ministry for almost 30 years. I've noticed that some churches have sound systems that do well for the spoken word, and others that are fabulous for music, but it's difficult to find something that can do both equally well. The Meyer Sound system has just been exceptional for both."

- Mary Thompson
Music Director, St. Laurence Catholic Church

With its myriad angled planes and asymmetrical layout, St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugar Land, Texas enfolds parishioners like a multifaceted architectural jewel. The church has been recently enlarged and furnished with glass and stone surfaces, but this visually striking sanctuary also carried the potential of jumbling words and music in multiple uncontrolled reflections. Fortunately, discreet acoustical treatments work hand-in-hand with a precision-calibrated Meyer Sound audio system to provide markedly improved clarity along with a greater sense of intimacy than ever before.

Mary Thompson, the music director at St. Laurence, has been thrilled with what she's heard since the recent reopening celebrations. "It's been absolutely wonderful," she says. "The system picks up everything, the sound with music has been superb, and the spoken word is crystal clear."

The expanded structure, with nominal seating capacity boosted from 1,000 to 1,500, was designed by John Clements, AIA, of Houston's Jackson & Ryan Architects. Project architect was Gina Jaimes, Associate AIA. Acoustical treatments and audio system design were entrusted to, respectively, Ashton Taylor and Bill Schuermann of HFP Acoustical, also in Houston.

Schuermann's design is anchored by two center arrays of Meyer Sound M1D line array loudspeakers with seven cabinets each. A single M1D-Sub subwoofer is placed atop the main array at the rear and two M1D-Sub subwoofers are positioned over the delayed array at the front. According to Schuermann, his choice was dictated by the need for loudspeakers that offered the combination of both extraordinary vocal clarity and ample power for a variety of music styles.


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PostDate: 29/05/2009



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