Saint James United Church, St. John, Newfoundland
Located in St. John, Newfoundland, Saint James United Church was looking for a newly designed audio system. They wanted a system that would provide them with audible voice and musical sound.
TOA Canada Corporation assisted with the design of the sound system using EASE focus. This allowed the Installer and end user to be able to see speaker placement, and provide SPL renderings. This is beneficial in the design and preparation of an installation for both the installer and end user, eliminating guess work.
The church decided on a combination of TOA's SR-H and SR-S Series Line Array Speakers and subwoofers. The head end includes TOA's M-864 Digital Stereo Mixer, DP-SP3 Digital Speaker Processor and DA Series Multi-Channel Amplifiers.
The M-864D Mixer was used for microphone and auxiliary inputs along with the ZM series keypads for memory loading and source control. Three DA-500F-HL amplifiers were used to power multiple speaker arrangements including SR-S4S, SR-H2S, FB-120B, and HS-1200BT for full system coverage. These were assigned to the DP-SP3 DSP for EQ processing and delay setup.
The congregation rejoices with their new sound system, enjoying the sound quality of each service.
St. Anthony's Church, Drumheller, ABEsthetics being the main concern for the parish at St. Anthony's Church in Drumheller, AB, the audio system had to adhere to a pleasing site line throughout the church. Flown 27 feet above the alter, TOA's HX-5 Variable Angle Speakers do not distract from the beautiful hard wood finish, the altar or the Santuary of the church.
Baitunnur Mosque, Calgary, AB
- Calgary, Alberta is now the home of Canada's largest mosque and one of the largest mosques in North America. The mosque covers more than 4,300 sq m, containing prayer halls for men and women, a multi-purpose hall, library, bookstall, TV studio, classrooms, offices and a children's play area.
- The audio system installed into Baitun Nur mosque includes TOA's F Series Co-axial Ceiling Speakers and H-3 Wide Dispersion Interior Design Speakers, driven by TOA's DA-250FH Digital Multi-channel amplifier, W-906A and W-912A Six-channel Modular Mixer/Amplifiers, including modules. TOA's MP-1216 - 16 Channel Audio Monitor Panel, and D-1103 Digital Delay's were also used.
The Basilica Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Newfoundland
The Basilica Cathedral of St. John Newfoundland was consecrated on September 9, 1855. The Basilica is in the shape of a cross with a Roman Basilica style. It is 246' 6" long, 186' 6" inches in the transept, with the facade at 99' wide. The nave and the transepts are each 52' wide, not including the pillars. The ceiling of the nave is flat with elaborate centerpieces and panels, the ambulatories form a succession of groined arches that open into the nave. The apse of the church is semi-circular and the choir forms behind the high altar. The church is constructed of cut limestone with granite quoins, moldings, cornices, window-frames and string and felt courses. There are pillars and arches throughout the church with 7 altars. The design of the Basilica makes this a reverberant environment where speaker placement and selection is critical.
The Basilica Cathedral wanted to provide the parish with clear and intelligible sound so that mass could be enjoyed.
Being an old church constructed of limestone, with high arching ceilings, many altars and windows, the environment was highly reverberant. The church needed to overcome the reverberation time to provide a service that could be enjoyed by all. The appearance of the speakers and placement was also important to the church. They wanted a visually pleasing look. The church turned to Audio Systems Ltd. to assist them with the sound system design and installation.
The solution was to install Line Array Speakers into the church. Line Array Speakers are a group of Omni-directional speakers that are arrayed in a straight line. They are closely spaced, in phase with equal amplitude. Their main purpose is to project sound over long distances offering very directional vertical coverage. Line Arrays offer a more concentrated wave front than a conventional speaker. The longer the array, the more depth and low frequency control. A Line Array speaker is ideal in a reverberant environment such as houses of worship because they place sound where needed, not on the building structure.
Audio Systems Ltd. chose TOA's SR-D8 Steerable Active Line Array Speaker System to have more control over the speaker placement and target the sound. TOA brought together its proprietary line array technology and digital signal processing (DSP) technology in developing the SR-D8 active line array speaker. As well as processing both analog and digital audio input, this innovative speaker harnesses 8 built-in digital amplifiers to project sound waves to targeted areas with greater precision than is possible with conventional speakers. By digitally shaping the width and angle of acoustic beams, it can steer sound precisely to desired areas without requiring a change of installation location. This feature makes it well suited for use in venues where structural or design considerations make it hard to move speakers about or where unwanted reverberation must be kept to a minimum. Using the Steerable Line Array Speakers, Audio Systems Ltd. was able to provide intelligible sound within the church. TOA's SR-S Line array speakers are also placed throughout the church. A Wide-dispersion box Speaker (F-2000 series) was also used.
The head end includes TOA's Digital Speaker Processor (DP-SP3). The DP-SP3 enhances the sound system easily and inexpensively. Designed specifically to work with speakers, the processor taps into characteristics of individual speakers and draws out their best possible performance, to realize richer, more expressive sound space in a variety of venues. The DP-SP3 has a built-in library of parameters for TOA speakers, which enables the congregation to enjoy well-balanced sound immediately, without going to the trouble of inputting complex parameter settings. In addition, a preset memory of up to 16 setting patterns allowing the user to instantly recall the setting need for a particular venue. The processor is also packed with such essential audio processing, functions as Equalizer, Crossover, Matrix, Compressor and Delay. This compact Digital Speaker Processor is compact, offering a solution for people who wish to add more speaker performance to their sound system.
• SR-D8: Steerable Active Line Array Speakers
• SR-S: Line Array Speaker
• F-2000: Wide Dispersion Box Speaker
• DP-SP3: Digital Speaker Processor
Estevan Gospel Chapel, Estevan, SKHX-5 Variable Angle Speakers are flown from the ceiling of the Estevan Gospel Chapel.
Harvest City Church, Vancouver, BC
TOA's HX-5 Series Variable Angle Speakers and D-901 Modular Digital Mixer deliver a high quality sound system in the Harvest City Church in Vancouver, BC.
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Hebron Presbyterian Church, Langley, BC
The Hebron Presbyterian Church had the opportunity to fashion a customized facility the congregation could truly enjoy. The audio portion of the project was divided up into two phases both using TOA products. Phase I saw the main sanctuary outfitted with TOA’s HX-5W Variable Dispersion Speakers, complemented with Low Frequency Drivers (FB-120W) and powered by the IP Series Dual Channel Power Amplifiers.
Phase II would see the original equipment moved from the main sanctuary to the youth ministry, where new speakers would be added. The main sanctuary and second sanctuary would be upgraded with TOA’s HX-5 Variable Dispersion Speakers and Low Frequency Drivers (FB-120W) powered by the DA-250F Multi-Channel Digital Power Amplifiers and the D-901 Digital Signal Processor. TOA’s HX-5W Speakers fit the application well, and are known for their crisp, clear sound and high power handling. These systems provide articulate speech reinforcement coupled with live music amplification.
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Living Waters Church, Salmon Arm, BC
Living Waters Church in Salmon Arm, BC remodeled their entire sound system from the ground up. The new system includes TOA's D-901: Digital Modular Mixer (plus modules) as well as HX-5W Compact Array Speakers.
Minto United Church, Moose Jaw, SKTOA Audio System was installed into the Minto United Church.
Regina Apostolic Church, Regina, SKTOA's HX-5 Series Variable Angle Speakers were flown in groups of three speakers and were complimented with TOA's F-120W subwoofer.
Reinland Church, Medicine Hat, AB
Newly designed and built, the Reinland Church provides regular services to it's congregation.
The church required a public address system to provide sound in all rooms of the facility.
As with most houses of worship, there are some challenges to overcome to provide the best possible sound. Often reverberation is high in houses of worship due to the high ceilings, glass windows and structure of the church. Often rooms are very wide. And the church has multiple areas to cover. The entire facility required public address including the church, meeting rooms, hallways, etc.
To control reverberation inside the church, TOA's HX-7 and HX-5 Compact Line Array Speakers were used. Line arrays help to direct sound, reducing it from bouncing off surfaces, and instead, sending the sound right where it is needed, in clear, intelligible form. To cover the other rooms in the facility TOA's F Series Ceiling Speakers were used. These speakers provide a wide-dispersion coverage pattern, making them ideal for installation, as not only is intelligible sound achieved, it can be done with less speakers. The system is powered by the A-912MK2 Mixer Power Amplifier which controls and mixes up to eight independent input signals. The Mixer Power Amplifier delivers up to 120 watts of output power. Optional plug-in modules are available for use with mixer power amplifier to provide versatility for a wide range of operating applications. TOA's P-912MK2 Power Amplifier works with the A-912MK2 to delivers up to 120 watts of output power. The power amplifier also has an input port to accept one plug-in module.
- HX-7 - Compact Line Array Speaker
- HX-5 - Compact Line Array Speaker
- F Series Ceiling Speakers (F-2352SC, F-2352CU2)
- A-912MK2 - 8-Channel Mixer Power Amplifier
- P-912MK2 - Power Amplifier
St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Toronto, ON
- Looking for a solution to solve a highly reverberant environment and deliver a high quality sound system, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, in Toronto, Ontario, selected TOA's slim line array speakers. St. Francis of Assisi Parish had an acoustical environment that was inhospitable to a sound system. How is a sound system adapted to and environment that was designed for a priest's voice to carry throughout the church?
- TOA's slim line array speakers are working in conjunction with TOA's 9000 Series Digital Matrix Mixer/Amplifiers, DA Series Multi-Channel Digital Amplifiers, BG Series Modular Mixer/Amplifiers, Paging Speakers and Wireless Microphone System.
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St. Josaphat Cathedral, Edmonton, AB
St. Josaphat Cathedral Cathedral in Edmonton, AB, is dedicated to delivering intelligible Ukrainian Greek Catholic Services to the local parish of Edmonton. St. Josaphat is one of 5 Eparchies in Canada.
The church and parish were looking for their service to be delivered audibly in both the spoken word and music. With beautifully painted walls and ceilings, the speakers had to be visually pleasing.
Churches are incredibly reverberant environments, and St. Josaphat Cathedral is no exception. The reverberation time is incredibly high due to the high dome shaped ceilings and the structure of the building.
When the church approached Production World, Ken Greene offered a demonstration of TOA's product line. Along with TOA's Regional Sales Manager (Barry Taylor), Production World provided a top notch demonstration that proved to effectively reduce the reverberation time, provide intelligible prayer service and music. The team took in TOA's SR-4 and SR-H Series Line Array Speakers. They set up speaker stands at the front alter and using a recorded prayer service and a music demonstration, they knocked the socks of the priest and advisor.
Line Arrays are ideal for controlling reverberation. They project sound in a focused direction (straight), which allows the sound to reach the parish, with minimal sound bouncing off the buildings structure. Line Arrays are also ideal for the spoken word and provide highly effective communications.
The priest at St. Josaphat Cathedral chose to team up TOA's SR-S and SR-H Series to provide the best possible sound in the church. They powered the system with a DA-250F Multichannel Power Amplifier.
Not only is the priest and advisor impressed with the new sound of St. Josephat Cathedra, but so is the parish. They are grateful for being able to hear and experience the service to it's fullest.
- SR-S Line Array System
- SR-H Line Array System
- DA-250F CU Multichannel Power Amplifier
Sikh Gurdwara, Brampton, ON
Located in Brampton, Ontario, an old factory and warehouse was converted into a Sikh Gurdwara. The Gurdwara features a large 60 foot by 130 foot room. Part of the room (60’ x 20’) is used exclusively as the presentation area with a stage for the moderator delivering Guru Granth Sahib. Worship includes performances of interpretive, traditional dance and song.
The design of the facility contains many hard surfaces and high ceilings at 12-13’. This makes the facility reverberant, a challenge Darbar Sound would have to overcome in order to provide audible sound to all areas of the room.
Darbar Sound relied on TOA Canada Corporation’s free design consultation services. TOA Canada Corporation modeled the venue using EASE. A variety of speakers were tested to determine what the best product and the proper installation location to achieve an even sound coverage. TOA’s new HX-7W Compact Line Array Speaker System complemented with F-120W subwoofers was selected.
The venue includes 4x HX-7W speakers hung in four separate areas from the ceiling. The rear two have a time delay which provides articulate sound for all areas of the worship room. To achieve the low-end 2 FB-120W subwoofers were installed. The head end of the system includes TOA’s D-901 Digital Mixer configured with 12 inputs and 8 outputs using mic/line input, line output and remote control modules. TOA’s DA Series Digital Multi-Channel Amplifier drives the speakers. The system uses a keypad for 3 scene changes. A F-2000WT is being used to monitor the system in another area of the building.
During the interpretive, traditional dance and song performances, performers rely on TOA’s 5000 Series UHF Microphone System.
“Overcoming the reverberation challenge was easy thanks to TOA’s design services. The system provides even sound coverage, which is audible for all applications. The facility and its worshipers are pleased with the quality of sound.” Stated Ajit Sing from Darbar Sound.
Église Ste-Jeanne D’Arc, Shawininigan Sud, QC
- Looking for a simple audio system that was reliable and simple to use, Église Ste-Jeanne D’Arc
selected TOA's A-712 Series Mixer/Power Amplifier and F Series Wide Dispersion Box Speakers.
- Église Ste-Jeanne D’Arc
chose TOA's product line for the reliability, ease of use and installation. And to top it off, the system fit the budget alloted. The church and congregation are rejoicing with their new sound system.
Compact Array Speakers
Line Array Speakers (Modular type)
Slim Line Array Speakers
Wide-dispersion Box Speakers