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RED DEER, ALBERTA, CANADA – JUNE 2010: Word of Life Church in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, has successfully developed a worship service style that brings together families and friends from across generations. It is decidedly contemporary and music-centered, but instead of compromising between the stereotyped predilections of young and old, it forges a refreshingly new path that communicates to and excites the entire congregation. Lead Pastor Jachin Mullen is also Word of Life’s music director, a fact that underscores the church’s belief in the ability of music to speak the Word of God. Thus, when the building’s original sound system failed to keep up with the church’s growth, Brendon and Aaron Gerber – brothers, church members, and principals of boutique A/V company Absolute Music – installed a new L-ACOUSTICS dV-DOSC line array system with dV-SUB and SB28 low-end to give the church a pristine voice for its musical focus.

With dark décor, theatrical lighting, and stage enough for a full band, Word of Life’s auditorium is more reminiscent of a theater or music club than of a traditional sanctuary. It seats some 1,300 people within a space that is wider than it is deep. The building was constructed when the congregation was considerably smaller, but poised on future growth, the church had the foresight to build the back wall as a temporary structure. The back wall came down several years ago, adding fifty-percent more space. But the sound system, which had always been somewhat lacking, had not been designed to accommodate the new space. As a result, the added seating received limited audio coverage.


The brothers Gerber have been operating Absolute Music for over a decade, providing sales, rentals, and installations of premium pro audio equipment from Red Deer, Alberta, midway between the metropolises of Edmonton and Calgary. Based on the slow, but steady machinations of fundraising, they had several years’ notice that a new sound system would be purchased for Word of Life. As a result, they were able to demo systems from three different manufacturers. The three speaker systems they reviewed were manufactured by some of the biggest names in the industry. The only one that met their sonic expectations was the dV-DOSC system. “Given where the speakers would have to be located, we had a very short distance to the front row of seating and an exceptionally wide distance to cover. There are few speakers out there with that kind of horizontal directivity coverage. In conclusion, we decided the L-Acoustic system was absolutely the best solution for the room.”

The actual sound design for the church was prepared by Vaino Gennaro, business director, live sound products, Sennheiser, Canada, using SOUNDVISION, L-ACOUSTICS’ proprietary sound design software. “The nature of the room was quite challenging,” said Gennaro, “the short throw and very large left to right coverage required the use of dV-DOSC technology featuring 120-degrees horizontal directivity. All the parameters were validated through the L-ACOUSTICS SOUNDVISION software, resulting in a perfect installation front to back and left to right.”

The installed system is comprised of five mid-high modular dV-DOSC units in left and right stereo clusters. The top cabinets hit the back rows and the bottoms cover the seating a few rows from the front. The system’s substantial low-end is generated by two L-ACOUSTICS dV-SUBs per side and two L-ACOUSTICS SB28s per side. Four L-ACOUSTICS four-channel LA8 integrated amp/DSPs provide the system with ample power and nimble processing. An XTA DP448 speaker management system sits between the existing console and the LA8s to provide matrix control.

One L-ACOUSTICS 12XT on each side of the stage provides side fill, while four L-ACOUSTICS 8XTs placed discreetly on the stage steps provide front fill. “The 8XTs are small, but excellent sounding speakers,” said Brendon. “Their purpose is to provide coverage to the first few rows. The big advantage of including them in the design is that when the main audio system is not being used, they can be easily moved and used elsewhere in the building or on remote engagements.” A single L-ACOUSTICS four-channel LA8 integrated amp/DSP provides power and processing for the fill speakers.

“In addition to working with audio, I am also a technology consultant,” said Brendon. “Computer technology continues to grow exponentially, and many audio companies have taken advantage of the new analysis and engineering tools that are available. L-ACOUSTICS is at the forefront of that trend. A lot of science goes into its products. You can really hear the difference, too. The strategically designed L-ACOUSTICS system reproduces a complete audio spectrum that is so clean and precise; so much so that you can have a conversation even when the system is pushing high decibels. The church family at Word of Life is overjoyed to have a new voice for their musical passion; our auditorium simply comes to life with sound!”

ABOUT SENNHEISER Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in sixty countries around the world through long-term distribution partners and subsidiaries in France, UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA. Sennheiser’s technology is produced in manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the United States. Their pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy and the Scientific and Engineering Award (of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). The Sennheiser Group is proud to be affiliated with Georg Neumann (world leading studio microphones), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications that brings their award winning technology to headsets for PCs, offices and contact centers.

OTHER BRANDS DISTRIBUTED BY SENNHEISER CANADA Neumann, Klein+Hummel, Innovason, L-ACOUSTICS, Kling & Freitag, K-array, Yellowtec, Televic

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiser.com

PHOTO CAPTION L-ACOUSTICS dV-DOSC line arrays in left/right stereo clusters backed by two L-ACOUSTICS dV-SUBs and two L-ACOUSTICS SB28s per side deliver the sonic clarity and musicality for World of Life Church, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.

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