Before launching into the solution, [Monte Bros‘ Steve Minozzi] explained the reasons for choosing CAMM speakers throughout the worship area. “CAMM speakers have the metal cone and ferrofluid voice coil technology, which are not heavily affected by temperature and humidity. Also, [the company] is willing to work with the owner, cosmetically.” At Saint Gabriel’s, it was important that AV technology be integrated into the architecture and be unobtrusive.
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The line arrays and the adjacent DT-800s blend the spoken word. However, the video program audio predominately comes from the two full-range 800s. “So, you get a nice full sound,” said Minozzi, “and yet the line arrays focus like a flashlight beam into the hard-to-reach areas for intelligibility. It’s a good combination of speakers.”
Four DTC-1s are ceiling mounted in the north and south wings. The speakers, which don’t have tweeters, were chosen because of the low 10-foot ceiling. They prevent the parishioners’ ears from being constantly bombarded with annoying high frequencies. The same speaker model is also mounted in the narthex, which prevents high-frequency annoyance and eliminates feedback during certain Holy Days, like Easter and Palm Sunday, when the celebrant walks under the speakers using a wireless mic.
Furthermore, the narthex and cry room DTC-1 speakers are independently managed from microphone processing. There’s no gating and no EQ in their feed. Similarly, the DTW-1 flush-mounted wall speaker behind where the priest sits at the rear of the altar is independently managed.
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