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Saddleback Church - The Refinery

The Refinery at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA Adds New Sound System Offering Power, Quality and Flexibility - Article Excerpts Courtesy of Church Production Magazine

Saddleback Church's Refinery, is a multipurpose worship and performance center for young people at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA, is a 600-seat, 90-degree-wide performance venue. The new facility derives its distinctive name from the church's avowed aim to "Refine young children into adulthood." The reported budget for the recently-added audio, video and lighting system was close $2 million. “Our C Series amplifiers have been flawless - the clarity and reliability are a big plus,” says Saddleback's Technical Director, Greg Baker.

CCI Solutions started with the original design from long time partner Acoustic Dimensions.  As often happens, particularly with high tech youth and children’s’ ministry facilities, the project scope expanded and owner ministry objectives morphed. CCI Solutions has a professional design studio and worked with the Saddleback staff to design and implement the systems to meet both Saddleback’s needs and to stay true to the original design concepts.

Working with a comprehensive AVL system design from Acoustic Dimensions, The Refinery's audio and video installation was completed by CCI Solutions based in Olympia, Wash. "We installed three Lab.gruppen C16:4, three C28:4 and three C68:4 four-channel amplifiers to power the JBL PD Series loudspeakers and VerTec subwoofers, in addition to JBL AM Series plus EAW JFX88 front- and side-fill cabinets," explains CCI Solutions' Senior Systems Consultant, Mark Pearson.

For the gymnasium, which features a full basketball court and moveable seating during use as a multipurpose room, CCI Solutions installed two C28.4 and a pair of C68.4 four-channel amplifiers to power the area's JBL PD Series loudspeakers. "While the C68.4 amplifiers drive the subwoofers in the auditorium," Pearson continues, "for the gym we used a pair of FP7000 models for the EAW LF315 subs, which need additional power." The choice of Lab.gruppen amplifiers was a joint decision between Acoustic Dimensions and CCI Solutions, with input from Saddleback Church's former technical director, Steve Powers. "While the choice of loudspeakers went through several iterations," Pearson recalls. "The Lab.gruppen amplifiers remained the team's number one choice for the Saddleback installation; they are great sounding and totally reliable. C Series models offer plenty of headroom, but can take their available power right to the edge. And C Series amplifiers do not run out of performance on the low-end; the C68.4s we used to power the various JBL and EAW cabinets keep up with their low-end requirements." "We have had very good success with the Lab.gruppen products, and they served this project very well," confirms Ryan Knox, Acoustic Dimensions' senior consultant. Lab.gruppen's C Series amplifiers offer definite space-saving advantages for installations like this," Pearson advises. "We were able to mount all the LG amplifiers within the three racks we had available, in addition to The Refinery's high-definition video systems. That combination of an outstanding power-to-size ratio and a high channel density, coupled with superb sound quality, proven reliability and a comprehensive six-year warranty makes C Series our go-to amplification solution."

The various C-Series amplifiers are interconnected via Lab.gruppen NLB 60E Bridge/Network Controllers for each area, using built-in NomadLink CAT5-capable networking for remote monitoring and control. BSS London BLU Series processors handle system EQ and signal distribution. "We also added several C Series C16:4 four-channel and C10:8 eight-channel amplifiers for The Refinery's background-music and paging systems," adds Pearson.

A pair of Yamaha M7CL digital consoles a 32-channel version for the gymnasium, and a 48-channel version for the auditorium handles mixing assignments. "We mounted the smaller Yamaha console on a rolling cart with multipin connectors so that it could be moved easily into the outdoor amphitheater," Pearson recalls, "and used to mix sound for outdoor events," via an array of JBL AM Series loudspeakers.

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CCI Solutions is a great company to deal with and we are glad that we followed their recommendations for the new Refinery Auditorium and Gymnasium project," Technical Director Baker adds. "We use the systems every day for various church events and conferences. The sound system has never let us down; the clarity and reliability are a big plus for Saddleback Church."

Other projects by Mark Pearson include Mariners Church (worship center, youth ministry buildings and the chapel), Saddleback Worship Center, Safeco Field, The Grove Community Church and Spokane Arena.

The guys from CCI Solutions are top drawer! They were a delight to work with. They made it all work. CCI Solutions is awesome!
Zane Anderson
Senior Pastor Victory Worship Center