Transforming the audio experience at Bukit Panjang Gospel Chapel’s new sanctuary

 

Like many Singapore Churches, Bukit Panjang Gospel Chapel (BPCG) comes from humble beginnings. In 1958, Nancy Wee gave up her residence so that it could be expanded for worship meetings.

 
 

Case Study

  • L-R ceiling suspended EV EVF frontload array anchors loudspeaker speaker system in the sanctuary
  • Powered by two EV Q99 2 x 1,250W amplifiers, four EV ZX 190 200W 8-inch speakers were wall-mounted in the rear overspill room
  • The combination of Mr Soo’s electro-acoustic consultancy together with PAVE’s dedication and flexibility ultimately delivered a solution that surpassed the client’s expectations
 

Having been accepted by the local residents and granted a licence, fate took a cruel twist in 1972 when a fire completely destroyed the original building. The building was rebuilt with a single-storey design that was better equipped and made more functional for the growing membership. In 2015, the church was demolished to provide a newly-approved three-storey home that includes accommodation for the church’s growing use of A/V technology.

Once granted a licence to build the new church, the elders wasted little time in drawing upon the expertise of Cogent Acoustics’ Robert Soo to assist them with their AVL requirements for the second-storey sanctuary. He said “The church went from a pianist and a singer to an eight-piece band with a PA system in a decade, and being a reformist church, may change at any time. So, future-proofing was also an important consideration.” PAVE was selected from 4 system integrators as they have a good reputation and their quote was very competitive.

An L-R ceiling suspended EV EVF frontloaded array anchors the loudspeaker system in the sanctuary. Each stereo pair combines an EVF-1152D 15-inch cabinet and an EVF-1181D 18-inch front-loaded subwoofer ceiling fixed adjacent to one another. Designed for a nearfield wide-throw raw spread coverage pattern with its 90˚ x 90˚ waveguide, the 600W-rated (continuous) EVF-1152D draws its power like that of the accompanying subwoofers from a CP4000S 2 x 1,800W amplifier. An EVF-1122S 12-inch model has been added as a central speaker and is the mono sum of the L-R system ensuring adequate coverage in the middle of the sanctuary.

Powered by two EV Q99 2 x 1,250W amplifiers, four EV ZX190 200W 8-inch speakers have been wall-mounted above and within the operable door for coverage in the rear overspill room. One of these models has been ceiling mounted facing towards the pulpit, shielded behind the EVF-1122S speaker. A DC-One 2-input x 6-output processor has been programmed with stored EQ and crossover points, together with dynamics and delays, from the 20 user settings available. These can be further configured from the PC software or a tablet as required.

The combination of Mr Soo’s electro-acoustic consultancy together with PAVE’s dedication and flexibility ultimately delivered a solution that surpassed the client’s expectations. ‘The sanctuary sounds more like an auditorium than a church,’ observes Daniel Chan, head of A/V and music of BPCG.

 
Global Reference List

Global Reference List

Find more references in the Global Reference List