Chicago's Moody Church Gets Audio Upgrade -

Chicago's Moody Church Gets Audio Upgrade

Publish date:

Built in the mid-1920s, The Moody Church in downtown Chicago accommodates more than 3,700 worshippers, making it the largest non-pillared auditorium in the metro area. Amplification inside the vast oval sanctuary was once fraught with challenges until the recent replacement of a 20-year-old main cluster with a new Meyer Sound MINA line array system.

“To the untrained eye, the new cluster doesn’t look that much different,” said Michael Arman, the church’s audio/visual technical coordinator, “so you might not notice we have a new system. But after the first Sunday, our senior pastor [Dr. Erwin Lutzer] told me that a number of people had praised him on his voice being in unusually good form. Apparently, they were hearing nuances they’d never heard before.”

For those sitting in about 80 percent of the historic church’s seats, Dr. Lutzer’s “revived” voice was carried by a single array of 10 MINA line array loudspeakers.

“MINA was clearly the right tool for the job,” said TC Furlong, president of the project’s integrator, TC Furlong Inc. of Lake Forest, IL. “The MINA loudspeakers offered vastly better performance and coverage, but aesthetically they fit into the same mold as the old system that everybody was used to.”

The balance of the main cluster hang comprises two UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers as side fill, rear-facing choir fills of a UPA-1P and two UPA-2P loudspeakers, and four 500-HP subwoofers in a cardioid configuration. Three UPM-1P loudspeakers on the chancel cover the front rows and hold the audio image down, while a Galileo loudspeaker management system—with two Galileo 616 processors—provides system drive.

According to Arman, the new system also provides greatly improved uniformity of coverage throughout the church. “I find that I don’t have to overcompensate when I’m mixing anymore,” he said. “Before, I’d force myself to mix brighter where I was sitting, because I knew people 30 feet away were in a dead null spot. Now I’m far more confident that everybody is hearing what I’m hearing.”

The Moody Church’s worship services feature a blend of contemporary and traditional music, including an amplified band, full orchestra, and 70-voice choir. Touring artists have also noticed the sanctuary’s sonic improvements. “We had Keith & Kristyn Getty in here with their full band after we put in the new system,” he said, “and their FOH mixer told me we had the best-sounding mono rig he’s heard.”

The new Meyer Sound loudspeakers complement the existing front-end system at The Moody Church, including a Yamaha M7CL digital console, Shure wireless microphone systems, and Aviom personal monitor mixers.


South Korea's Yonsei Church Upgrades Audio

Located in Seoul, South Korea, Yonsei Central Baptist Church occupies a total area of over 350,000 square feet and over 120 rooms, and is equipped with approximately 200 L-ACOUSTICS enclosures. The K1 system has been installed into the main Jerusalem sanctuary, a 13,000-seat, single-balcony hall occupying three floo

Image placeholder title

New Jersey Church Gets a Modern Update

Like most of New Jersey's seaside communities, life on this resort island near Atlantic City is affected by the seasons. In the summer months, the sun seekers and beach lovers help to swell the congregation at St. Thomas the Apostle from 1,000 to more than 3,000—well beyond what their existing sanctuary can handle. As Bobby Harper, vice president of sales at Egg Harbor-based ACIR Professional explained, the church came up with a creative solution.

Audio Upgrade at Loyola Marymount

Completed in 1955, Loyola Marymount University's Sacred Heart Chapel has been a part of the Los Angeles coastline for more than a half century. Sacred Heart Chapel is a basilica-style church spanning some 26,000-square feet and accommodating more than 1,000. Its tall stained glass windows, long hanging chandeliers, te

First Baptist Church Integrates New Audio

First Baptist Church Tuscaloosa, a 200 year old church in Tuscaloosa, AL, recently decided to upgrade its sound system and engaged Music Alley of Birmingham to perform the design and build.   Music Alley was founded as a retail music instrument store in 1974, and founder and CEO Steve Garrett has expanded his busines

Cherrydale Baptist Church in VA Upgrades System for Speech Reinforcement

Founded in 1913 as an independent evangelical church in the Baptist tradition, Arlington’s Cherrydale Baptist Church places a high value on offering their growing congregation a diverse program of traditional and contemporary services. “As it says in Romans 10:17 ‘faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God’

Image placeholder title

Central Wesleyan Church Upgrades to L-Acoustics KUDO

When Holland, Michigan’s Central Wesleyan Church celebrated its 115th anniversary and paid off the mortgage on its current worship center, the church’s leadership team immediately knew what their first project should be: acoustic treatments and a new sound system for their 2,800-seat, fan-shaped main sanctuary.

Kitsap Mobile Church Adds Portable Audio

Based on Chad Rose’s recent use of Tannoy VQNET 60s at another Washington area house of worship, the owner of Poulsbo, WA, design/install firm, Rose Media, didn’t hesitate to specify a VQ LIVE system for Newlife Kitsap -- a project that came to him virtually on the heels of his very first use of Tannoy’s point-source

Seaside Church Revamps Audio System

St. Thomas The Apostle Church is located in the shore community of Brigantine, NJ. During the summer months, the church congregation swells to about 3,000 from approximately 1,000 attendees in the off-season, due to residents that flock to the ocean community from May through September.   “The existing church space c