The new audio system, which featured JBL VERTEC VT 4886 subcompact line arrays, Crown amplification, and Yamaha M7CL Consoles, was designed to be very flexible and handle a wide variety of needs that stretched from traditional worship with orchestra and choir to contemporary-band led worship. The system was also designed to support national touring artists and productions as well. Speech intelligibility was essential in the design which necessitated the addition of acoustic treatment to insure the speaker system could deliver quality audio to every seat in the sanctuary.
A custom isolation transformer splitter routes (80) stage inputs to FOH and to Broadcast Audio. Seven wireless IEM systems are used during contemporary worship, allowing for nearly zero stage volume, along with Paragon’s DE-360 Drum Enclosure, keeping the main PA system sounding great from the front row to the top row of the balcony.
New lighting systems featuring dimming and control, fixtures and motorized lighting positions played a substantial role in the renovation and the new experience that has been created in the space. The entire sanctuary is also lit in LED house-lighting as a result of the renovation.
Paragon 360™ designed and built several architectural and scenic elements in the space that featured faux rock, stone and wood treatments that included a rear, illuminated wall, stage caps, columns and wall sconces. Additionally Paragon built a scenic video wall as a brand-able background for presentations that consists of six, three over three 80” flat panel displays that provide a new level of flexibility and creative opportunity for media presentations. Paragon also covered the older wooden ceiling with a new acoustic island ceiling.
All of the custom scenic, staging, architectural elements and acoustical ceiling clouds were designed, built and installed by Paragon 360. Video was not provided by Paragon 360 on this project. Although the renovation project at Emmanuel Baptist was ambitious, Paragon 360™ succeeded not only in meeting but exceeding expectations. Upon completion of the renovation, Pastor Burleson remarked, “Paragon was able to ask some really tough questions that pushed us to make some very important decisions. That ended up being critical to the success of this in the end.”