[break]Paragon 360 was contracted by the Michigan Conference of Seventh Day Adventist Church to conduct an acoustic study and audio analysis of their multi-purpose and multi-level gymnasium at the Great Lakes Adventist Academy. There is a series of camps held there each year that require an audio system that delivers clarity of speech throughout the space in a difficult room setting.
Paragon visited the site to gather the information necessary for a complete audio and acoustic study. A 3D-Auto CAD model of the space was built to study the room’s properties. “A considerable amount of quality acoustic treatments were already in place due to previous attempts to control the sound,” explains Donnie Brawner. “The models are only as good as the information you feed into it, so factoring in the current acoustic and audio environment was paramount for accuracy within our study.”
Brandon Hite and Dave Crane were the system designers on the project and their model results revealed the existing acoustics were more than adequate for the space, however the audio system was totally inappropriate. Dave Crane explains, “For a facility of this magnitude, the ability to control the coverage area with directional speakers is crucial. Speakers with little or no directional control cannot overcome the natural reverb associated with a room of this size and the distances the speakers are required to throw before reaching the listener.” The installation validated this point very well with the excellent and highly intelligible sound quality it provided.
AV director Terry Nelson explains, “I brought my leaders in to tour the space after the installation. They were truly amazed! The sound seems to be coming from the platform regardless of where you were. I took them up on the running track where the sound has been a real challenge in the past and the sound was even, anywhere you stand!” Nelson continues, “We are very pleased with the recommendations and the work that was done here. It works just as they said it would. It was a pleasure working with them and their entire staff of professionals. I only wish that we had known about this team nine years ago when the whole system was initially installed!”
“We are very pleased with the recommendations and the work done here. It works just as you said it would. It was a pleasure working with you and your entire staff of professionals. I only wish that we had known about your team nine years ago!” ~ Terry Nelson, AV Director, Michigan Conference of Seventh Day Adventist