The Raleigh, North Carolina Hope Community Church celebrated the opening of a new 90,000 square-foot campus, including a new 1,500-seat theater-style worship sanctuary. The sanctuary has the common fan-shaped seating that maximizes proximity and creates intimacy. As a result, the room is 130 feet wide, but only 80 feet deep, with most seats on the floor, backed by steep stadium-style seating beneath a balcony on the rear wall. QSC WideLine line array loudspeakers, providing a coverage pattern of 140 degrees horizontally, were a natural choice. Three WideLine arrays, in traditional left-center-right (LCR) configuration, provide coverage to the back of the main level. From the beginning, the design called for plenty of low end, and so five QSC dual-15 Modular Design MD-S215 subwoofers are housed in cavities below the front of the platform. The first couple of seating rows are addressed with four QSC Acoustic Design AD-S82 compact loudspeakers along the lip of the platform. To cover to the balcony, which is shadowed by a catwalk that impedes coverage from the main arrays, three QSC 102M compact full-range loudspeakers are delayed and fed programming that mirrors the main LCR arrays. All loudspeakers are driven by QSC PowerLight2 amps – eight PL 230 and eight PL 224 – located in two racks housed on the mezzanine level, where two QSC BASIS 904zz DSP units provide all system processing. The system’s Yamaha DM2000 digital console has a CobraNet card that sends digital audio to the BASIS processors on a single Belden CAT-5 cable. The DM2000 is also equipped with a two Aviom cards which feed stage monitor sends via CAT-5 for up to 16 independent IEM mixes. Up to 16 channels of AKG WMS 4000 Series UHF wireless microphone systems are employed.
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