The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina has recently upgraded to a new sound system utilising loudspeakers from WorxAudio Technologies, a division of PreSonus.
The state-supported, comprehensive college is home to 24 major buildings, where more than 3,400 men and women are enrolled in over 20 full and part-time graduate and undergraduate programs.
Working in conjunction with Victor Quarterman of Charleston’s Fox Music House, audio/visual, lighting and staging company Gattis Pro Sound designed and installed the WorxAudio loudspeaker system.
Sid Gattis, president of the Lexington, South Carolina-based firm, discussed the decision to deploy WorxAudio’s TrueLine V5T-PAS ultra-compact line array system: “Summerall Chapel at The Citadel was built in 1936,” Gattis reported. “This is a visually stunning room that accommodates roughly 1,000 people and handles a wide variety of events, ranging from worship services to weddings and large meetings or lectures. It was imperative that the sound system offer first-class speech intelligibility and music-reproduction capabilities.
“As a very traditional sanctuary, we needed to be respectful of the room’s aesthetics. We could not use painted enclosures. Working with a boutique company like WorxAudio, we were not only able to secure loudspeakers that fit the project requirements in terms of audio performance, we were able to get the enclosures unfinished so they could be stained to match the décor of the room. As a result, the loudspeaker cluster blends beautifully into the space.”
Over the front of the stage/pulpit area, Gattis and his crew deployed a centre cluster consisting of eight WorxAudio TrueLine V5T-PAS ultra-compact line arrays. These passive, two-way line array loudspeakers are suspended using WorxAudio’s TrueAim Grid and are flown at a height of 40 feet. Low-frequency support is provided by a single WorxAudio TrueLine X115 subwoofer positioned at the top of the loudspeaker cluster. Another TrueLine V5T-PAS enclosure is mounted on the rear of the loudspeaker cluster and angled down at the stage area to serve as a monitor. Yamaha P7000S-series amplifiers drive the loudspeaker system.
“The V5 offers a 120° horizontal dispersion pattern that works beautifully for this space, and the system’s 10° vertical throw per module, with 1° increment focusing, handled the length of the room perfectly,” Gattis concluded. “The chapel has seating for approximately 1,000 people, and the WorxAudio system sounds great no matter where you are seated.”