|Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, helped outfit the new location of Marlboro, New Jersey-based Monmouth Worship Center with a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system. GC Pro and Monmouth already had a working partnership at the church’s previous location. When the decision was made to build a new church from the ground up, Monmouth Pastor Joe Hewes knew they would need impressive lighting and sound to match the new sanctuary, and they ended up turning to GC Pro for the gear as well as for design, installation and commissioning of their facility.
Rick Rivera, East Brunswick, New Jersey-based GC Pro Account Manager, was in charge of much of the project. He recalls, “I had been working with the church for four or five years, at least, in their former facility. They decided to change locations and build a new church from scratch, and we put in a bid, and we got the job – probably because they knew that working with us means a whole lot more than simply gear sales. We’ve been involved every step of the way. Early in the design process, we used a computer algorithm to help us come up with our P.A. solution for them, which became the line array system that they are using now. Once we had the speakers we needed with the appropriate coverage patterns, we went on to accessorize the system with a full complement of power amplifiers and the whole nine yards. Working closely with my Harman rep and our great installer, Banana Sound, based in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, we were able to put together the system completely, and integrate it with some existing gear of the church’s, including a console that they are still using.”
The new gear list included eight JBL VRX932LAWH line array enclosures and two JBL SRX728S subs; an SC64 64 I/O Digital Matrix Processor, two SC A-8IN SC32/64 Analog Input Cards, three SC A-8OUT Analog Output Cards, three ZC1 Wall Mount Zone Controls and a ZC3 Wall Mount Zone Control, all from dbx; three Crown XTi 6000 Power Amps and two XTi1000 Power Amps; various power products from Mid Atlantic; a 64-channel snake from CBI; two EIKI LC-XL200 6000-Lumens Projectors; and a full complement of lighting products from Altman and Elation. GC Pro was also able to provide Monmouth with new Shure Wireless microphones and transmitters, in compliance with the 700 MHz changeover.
A “second-phase” installation is also planned, with an upgrade to the church’s console, a center speaker cluster, more wireless systems, acoustic treatment and a more massive lighting system. “They are even considering a recording studio, which of course I would be thrilled to be a part of,” adds Rivera.
The new premises include 39,000 square feet of total space (double the space before the upgrade), seating capacity in the sanctuary for 800 people (up from 490), 17 meeting / classrooms, nine offices (up from four), a larger fellowship hall / multi-purpose room, expanded nursery and pre-K rooms, and a larger prayer room.