“Our church was so outdated, we even had the original red carpet.” Senior pastor of Lawton First Assembly church Don Barnes was understandably pretty worried about a small budget and a large need for a facelift at the Lawton, Oklahoma facility. But AGI Professional worked with NEXO GEO and other products to remain under budget.
“We needed an AVL company that would understand what our needs were,” says Barnes. “Greg Slape (AGI Professional owner) knows the church as well as he knows the technology.”
The company was again chosen to specify and install complete audio, video, and lighting systems in the youth auditorium first, then in the sanctuary.
AV Tech in the Lawton First Assembly Youth Auditorium
The auditorium consists of stereo left/right NEXO GEO S1210 arrays, five per side, a NEXO GEO S1230 per side, four PS8 speakers for front fills, four PS10s used as monitor wedges, and two RS18 subwoofers.
The center speech array consists of eight NEXO GEO S8s, a Yamaha M7CL-48 Digital Audio Console, and Panasonic video projection.
NEXO GEO and Yamaha Run on a Dante Network
The church’s main space, a 1,000-seat sanctuary, required a complete replacement of the existing audio system. Lawton First Assembly has two Sunday morning services which feature band-driven musical interludes with acoustic drums, bass, electric guitar, electric keys and 5 to 6 vocalists.
“The church’s musical and spoken word programming, along with a careful study of the room using the NEXO NS1 modeling tool, determined the product choice,” says Slape.
AGI Professional installed a Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console at the front of house with two Rio 3224-D input/output boxes on stage, along with 12 Shure ULXD mic systems, all on the Dante network.
“The Dante network is the backbone for the entire church audio system,” states Slape.
The NEXO GEO system is configured left/right with six per side GEO S12 line array boxes, three NXAMP 4×4 amplifiers, two NXAAMP 4×1 amplifiers, two GEO S1230s loudspeakers used for outfills, five NEXO ID24 speakers used for front fills, five LS18 subwoofers, and four PS10 speakers for wedges.
Barnes says the system has received many compliments — including one from a member of the congregation who couldn’t previously hear the musical proceedings.
“One of our members is 89 years old, and said, ‘I can hear the words to the songs for the first time!’ Our sound is full, rich, and clear without being distorted so the message comes through for all to hear clearly.”