19 December 2023
Dating from the 1890s, St Ann’s church in the Welsh seaside town of Rhyl now boasts a thoroughly modern audio-visual system built around a Symetrix Jupiter audio DSP courtesy of Richard King Systems. The powerful DSP platform hides all of the complexity from the end user leaving them with a simple to operate audio system that has improved speech intelligability and music playback in the historic building.
Dating from the 1890s, St Ann’s church in the Welsh seaside town of Rhyl now boasts a thoroughly modern audio-visual system courtesy of Richard King Systems.
As well as improving speech intelligibility, a key requirement for the audio refresh was that the installed system would be easy to operate for non-technical people. For this reason, Richard Hughes of Richard King Systems chose to build the new solution around a Symetrix Jupiter 12 processor. Richard explains, “often we see churches of this size being fitted with a traditional mixing desk but the plethora of buttons, knobs and faders can look like the bridge of the Starship Enterprise and very intimidating for the average person; with Jupiter we can hide all of that complexity”.
Three AKG gooseneck microphones and three MIPRO wireless microphones are fed in to a Jupiter 12 where the input processing section offers five bands of EQ, a dynamics processor with compressor, limiter and AGC, and a feedback fighter. Jupiter’s gain-sharing automixer ensures a natural sounding mix when multiple microphones are in use.
Although microphone mixing has been automated, it is sometimes desirable to mute or adjust the level of a particular microphone. To make this foolproof, CUK’s application Engineer, Fraser Sanaghan, created a custom SymVue interface that only presents level and mute controls to the operator and runs on an off-the-shelf Microsoft Surface tablet PC.
Processing for the speakers installed in the church is also handled by Jupiter; the comprehensive Speaker Manager on each output features eight bands of parametric EQ, high pass and low pass filters as well as 341ms of delay for accurate time alignment.