First Baptist Church, located in downtown Springfield, Missouri, is a multi-generational house of worship with a wide range of ministries designed to engage its varied congregation. Music plays a vital role in the church’s services and, to ensure the best possible audio quality so as to keep the congregation fully engaged, the church contracted Paragon 360™ for the design & installation of a new audio system.
First Baptist Church is a very traditional space with a lot of architectural features. The stage faces into the length of the sanctuary, and the area itself is quite reverberant. The choir assumes a significant role during services that, for the most part, are traditional in nature. During the holidays, the church also hosts large scale musical productions. Thus, it was crucial that the new loudspeaker system be capable of handling music reproduction while also delivering a high level of speech intelligibility. Equally important, the loudspeakers had to blend aesthetically into the space so as not to be distracting. With long reverb times associated with a sanctuary built for choir and organ, it was important to keep the sound focused on the seats in order to offer the highest level of speech intelligibility. Thus, the system design was focused primarily on sound reinforcement, as opposed to a full concert environment. However, if called upon, the system has the capacity to handle any praise band or guest artist scenario.
The new audio system at First Baptist Church was installed during July of 2016, and placed into service that same month. The Audio Team at Paragon 360™ elected to deploy WorxAudio TrueLine XL1i-P 2-way, high efficiency, powered line array elements augmented by TL215S high excursion sub bass enclosures outfitted with dual 15-inch transducers. The system includes a center flown loudspeaker cluster consisting of nine WorxAudio XL1i-P line array elements with one additional XL1i-P enclosure mounted to the rear of the suspended loudspeakers that serves as a monitor system for the choir. Two WorxAudio TL215S subwoofers reside hidden inside the existing cover behind the loudspeaker array.
FBC’s Steve Viehland summarized the end result of the project, stating “I am very impressed with Paragon 360. They were given the challenge of a very complex room acoustically, and they rose to the challenge. Good audio work is not about loudness. It is about clarity. I was also impressed with the ease of working with Paragon during the installation process. It was a great experience!”