St Johns Anglican Camden

St John’s Anglican Church Camden is a progressive and growing congregation in Camden NSW. They were finding that their current system was no longer meeting their needs and contacted Streamstone Audio to navigate them through the process of making the required improvements. They needed their sound system to meet their current and future requirements. Through a series of meetings with their leadership team and some key members of the congregation Tim undertook a comprehensive review of the current system, taking the time to ascertain and understand their present frustrations and future ideas. As with many church sound systems, it had evolved over the years through the input of a number of different keen (but self confessed un-skilled) volunteers and become very complex through trying to solve smaller problems without a “master plan” in mind. The church has a range of services on a Sunday to cater for it’s demographically diverse congregation  – ranging from a morning service with mostly spoken word and the pipe organ (which needed no assistance with amplification!) through to “rock and roll church” with everything in between. The system needed to perform and serve the congregation in all of these scenarios.

Streamstone audio arranged a demonstration day with a range of suitable equipment and subsequently a design and quotation was submitted and accepted.

Keen to embrace the digital age, it was decided for a number of reasons that at the heart of the system should be a digital console. The key benefit here was the ability to save and recall settings for each of the Sunday services along with being able to grant different levels of user access dependant on the skill of the operator. Another part of the design brief was to avoid the need for the mixing console and associated equipment to be out in the congregation for improved aesthetics and space limitations. Most digital consoles allow for remote control and in this case a Yamaha LS9-32 was chosen which can be operated remotely from an Apple iPad using Yamaha’s excellent StageMix app. This application provides access to the required functions while remaining straightforward to operate for the end user.

Clear, smooth and full range coverage across the room was a key part of the design brief, for both music and spoken word. 4 of Quest Engineering’s impressive QM350i speakers powered by Quest QA3004 amplifiers were perfect for the job – they were deployed in a front pair and a time aligned delay pair half way down the room, this configuration along with Quest’s innovative asymmetrical horn design, has resulted in clean, even coverage without the usual “hotspots”. In addition a small “fill” speaker is installed and time aligned in the foyer along with 2 mobile self powered Quest QSA300 speakers which can be set up outside for overflow duties.

The best equipment is no use without the skills to use it – training is always an integral part of any Streamstone project. We have and will continue to support St Johns in ensuring that their operators have the skills to get the best out of their investment.

St John’s are very pleased with their new system and it is an excellent example of the impressive end result than can still be achieved on a minimal budget.

Quest QM350i

Quest QM350i

Yamaha LS9 with iPad Remote

Yamaha LS9 with iPad Remote

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delay Speakers Outside

Delay Speakers Outside

Modern Technology meets Heritage Building

Modern Technology meets Heritage Building

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smooth Even Coverage

Smooth Even Coverage

Under Balcony Fill

Under Balcony Fill