(WICHITA · KS · 2021)
(HOUSE OF WORSHIP)
For twenty years, NewSpring suffered from poor acoustics. A new audio & acoustic design now provides every person who attends a great experience, no matter where they sit.
Desire: Inspire audience engagement through an immersive audio experience.
LED ON PANELS
With a room originally designed for a great visual experience, the audio suffered from poor acoustics and architecture. WAVE provided innovative active acoustics technology that creates a matched immersive audio experience in every seat. The fusion of physical architecture with controlled, high-fidelity reflections is truly be “better than the real thing”. NewSpring held their first service in their newly renovated 1,600 seat facility in Wichita, KS in 2021. Originally designed for a great viewing experience, the room now boasts an impressive immersive audio system with active acoustics and a facility-wide control system.
"Every seat in the House sounds good, which we did not have before. We can seat 1,600 people, and it has become very critical that every one of those people have a great experience. We are able to provide that now in worship all the way around."
- Billy Poore, Executive Pastor
WHAT THEY SAID
We sat down with a few leaders from NewSpring to talk about the impact the new room has made in their worship experience and culture.
Every weekend, more than 6,000 people attend one of NewSpring’s four services held in their 1,600-seat worship center. While the room provides an incredible viewing experience, the acoustics were an afterthought in the original architectural design. For twenty years, leadership brought in different companies to try and fix their sound issues in their sanctuary. Undesirable reflections and unwanted reverberation made a large percentage of their seats have a poor experience, affecting sound quality and speech intelligibility. NewSpring aims to create joyful, relevant, irresistible environments for everyone who walks in their doors. But for their sanctuary, not every seat could provide the great auditory experience needed to fulfill their mission.
WAVE designed a new audio system and new acoustic solution using immersive processing, acoustic panels, and loudspeakers. The new design brought balance and energy throughout the auditorium and a full stereo mix experience in every seat without any hot spots. The latest immersive technology allows their audio engineer to create an ideal acoustical environment for each sound source on stage, individually. Lush reverberation can support a vocalist while controlled early reflections make a guitar sound “larger than life”.
Fulcrum Immersive’s Venueflex Processor, custom acoustic panels, Catalyst cabling system, and d&b Audiotechnik loudspeakers.
“If I could talk to any Pastor out there, getting the sound right in a large auditorium is always an extraordinarily difficult thing. There are so many people that tell you that they can do this. I have to say this is about WAVE, at least as far as my experience goes, they're the only company that I know of that has really been able to do what they promised they could do.”
Mark Hoover | Lead Pastor | NewSpring Kansas