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 system.

Having worked as a creative arts pastor, Rose knows the house of worship market well, and takes care to find a solution for each project that is tailored specifically to his client’s gatherings and the demands of the facility itself. In contrast to that first project, at Washington’s Christian Life Center, this was a more unique situation. “They’re a large, ‘portable’ church,” Rose says, “looking to move their main flagship campus from a school auditorium they’d outgrown, to a larger space in the school’s gym.”

While only one of four Newlife campuses in the area, the church’s Central Campus at Klahowya Secondary School in Silverdale is the largest, holding over 500 people and hosting over a third of Newlife’s total weekend gatherings. “Newlife Kitsap started about six years ago,” says Adam Deardorff, creative arts director at Klahowya, Newlife’s Central Campus, who aids in the design of larger audio systems for the church. “It launched off from a church in Fallsville and was mobile immediately. Since then we’ve expanded. We have about 3,000 people per Sunday and have become one of the top one hundred fastest growing churches in America in 2010.”

The infrastructure for their services – AV, audio and staging – are all loaded into Klahowya each Sunday and loaded out when their services are over for the day. Their audio system had to be tangibly portable and compact and powerful, as well as user friendly in terms of set up, tear down and operation.

Similar to Rose’s prior VQNET install, the primary use of this system is for the reinforcement of music and speech in what is a contemporary worship setting. Here, however, it was also necessary for the system to be volunteer friendly and to work well within the venue where Newlife currently makes their home, as well as being adaptable to other potential spaces they might someday find themselves growing into.

Unlike the previous Christian Life Center build, here Rose was responsible only for selecting a loudspeaker component to replace Newlife’s previous cabinets and to integrate those new loudspeakers with other, pre-existing system elements; a Yamaha LS9 console, an Aviom Personal Monitoring system, a small lighting rig, two large video screens, and a portable stage.

“They were looking for a more high-powered system, an install type system with good coverage and high SPL, but, at the same time, one that was very compact and could be set up and torn down quickly, put in a trailer and taken away.” With only four boxes, two VNET 218DR LIVE subs, and two VQNET 60 LIVE three way cabinets stacked above them on the ground to either side of the stage, this certainly fit the bill. The VQs directivity was also a plus. “It’s a very large, very live space. The issue was trying to keep sound off the side walls while still adequately covering the room.”

Since the debut of the system on October 3rd, 2010, both Deardorff and Newlife’s techs are pleased. “We did not do any acoustic treatments here and these cabinets are working out for us. So far, I’m super-happy with them. We did all the EASE modeling and plugged in a lot of different cabinets and the Tannoy just looked perfect,” he adds. “And their portability – the wheel racks and so on – make them a lot easier for us to bring in and out.”

Tannoy VQ LIVE was chosen, Rose says, “as an all inclusive package” complete with wheels and covers to protect the components in storage. “And the price point was cheaper,” he adds. “Less was definitely more in this situation.”

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