Church by the Glades (CBG) in Coral Springs, Fla., has a pretty clear policy: No perfect people allowed. However, that policy does not apply to audio systems. When CBG acquired the First Baptist Church of Lake Worth, Fla., it aimed to upgrade its audio and ended up with a sound system based on Fulcrum Acoustic loudspeakers.
Integration firm ShowPro worked with CBG, which describes itself as a hyper-creative and a fully-charged church, to design and install the Fulcrum Acoustic-based system. There were, according to a Fulcrum Acoustics press release, some challenges:
- The historic church’s highly reflective hard surfaces and “shoebox” footprint presented considerable acoustical challenges
- High-fidelity music reproduction and voice intelligibility were essential to support CBG’s contemporary worship services which incorporate awe-inspiring production to deliver their message
“We reviewed five acoustical models using various loudspeaker line arrays before ShowPro suggested we look at Fulcrum,” says CBG production director Andrew Sheffler in the press release. “Not only was Fulcrum’s point source solution for the church 100 percent better than anything we’d seen, it came in at half the cost.” Inside the Fulcrum Acoustic Solution
From the Fulcrum Acoustic Press Release:
Fulcrum DX1595 dual 15-inch coaxial loudspeakers are deployed as left/right mains with two DX896 8-inch speakers as outfills. Left/right CX1295 12-inch coaxial speakers serve as balcony mains with four CX896 8-inch coaxials installed under the balcony for additional coverage. Rounding out the system, four CS121 21-inch subcardioid subwoofers adjacent to stage access stairs deliver low frequency support.
“Low frequency blowback from the subs rattling the hollow wooden stage was an initial concern,” Sheffler adds. “I couldn’t believe my ears when SPL dropped 20 dB at the top of the stage stairs. Fulcrum’s Passive Cardioid Technology was a real lifesaver.”
Of course, it’s not just about volume. “Loud doesn’t always equal good energy, and quiet just doesn’t carry for our worship style. I am amazed at the loudspeakers’ ability to create clear, crisp energy throughout the room without changing timbre at higher volume. We are extremely happy with the PA and I’ve recommended Fulcrum to others,” Sheffler says.
“This system has made me a Fulcrum Acoustic believer.”