Georgia Church Opens With d&b Speakers, ‘Top Notch’ Equipment

Church was 'adamant in hiding all the technologies, they wanted to hide everything.'

Georgia Church Opens With d&b Speakers, ‘Top Notch’ Equipment
At first glance upon walking into the vast space that now houses St. Anne Catholic Church, with its 26,000 square feet of space, one would be hard pressed to know that it features a series of d&b Audiotechnik YiP speakers, installed into the ceiling area.
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Georgia Church Opens With d&b Speakers, ‘Top Notch’ Equipment

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RICHMOND HILL, Ga. – For a parish that has steadily been growing over recent years, the opening of a new church in early February stands out, particularly for how well its leadership achieved the lofty goal of having the space’s necessary audio equipment hidden from view of its congregants.

At first glance upon walking into the vast space that now houses St. Anne Catholic Church, with its 26,000 square feet of space, one would be hard pressed to know that it features a series of d&b Audiotechnik YiP speakers, installed into the ceiling area.

‘When the priest got up the first time, and the bishop put on the lapel mic for the first time, he was just not used to hearing himself that clearly.’

The church, the first to be built in the Savannah area since 2005, serves a parish made up of 1,000 families and 2,500 parishioners. Having undergone significant growth dating back to its early beginnings with five families about six decades ago, that growth has skyrocketed over the past decade, as its congregation has doubled in size over that period. The new building replaces a structure built in 1936, by automobile magnate Henry Ford, initially as a chapel to commemorate his mother and mother-in-law.

Work on the new church began a couple years ago, beginning with diocesan approval to begin construction for a new church in early December 2013. AE Global President/CEO Donnie Haulk said that the church administration was “adamant in hiding all the technologies, they wanted to hide everything.”

To achieve the extent of hiding the d&b speakers, Haulk said, “We colored (the panels) as close to the woodwork, and we acoustically tested the perforations. We went through four building materials, trying different types of cloth and metal, before we decided on the metal we went with.” The speakers chosen to be installed behind the panels were a mix of Yi7p, Yi8 and Yi12 speakers, which were paired with proprietary amplifiers and control.

“The ones in the ceiling were the 7s, and the 12s were the ones amplifying the choir. The 12 is a great speaker, but it doesn’t have the great power that the Y7 has,” explained Haulk.

When the church held its Mass of Dedication and Consecration on Feb. 6, Haulk said, “it blew away” the bishop of Savannah, Gregory J. Hartmayer. In addition, Haulk said that “it was concert level for the audio, but (the bishop and his staff) couldn’t see anything, which was a bit surprising to them.”


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Andres Caamano is the site editor for Worship Tech Director, which aims to inform tech directors, audio, video or lighting directors, creative directors, music directors and worship leaders about the latest technology, while also bringing to the forefront some of the most notable examples of leadership and completed projects that can be of benefit to houses of worship of all sizes. Andres joined WTD in 2015, and is focused on taking an engaged approach to the market; one that is encouraging, creative and set toward ministry purpose.
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