The Tectonic system overcomes most of the challenges that face eager but less than qualified sound system operators. Set-up is quick and easy for systems that may have to be staged each Sunday. Speaker placement is extremely flexible and forgiving. Power, outboard equipment and amplifier requirements are minimal.
Feedback is extremely hard to generate, as the Tectonic system’s diffuse acoustic properties lack inherent resonant frequencies that initiate howls and screams. Performers and ministers can set-up and freely move in front of the speaker panels without fear. Operators can focus on creating a good mix and a meaningful experience for the congregation.
With the extremely diffuse nature of the Tectonic system’s propagation of sound, room interactions such as reverberation and bounce-back are greatly diminished. Untreated rooms and voluminous spaces become manageable.
The Tectonic system has been demoed in challenging performance spaces including a classic arch-ceiling train station, cavernous cement-floor exhibit hall, three story cone-shaped museum space, gymnasiums, etc. As well as the system did with these challenges, it truly excelled in acoustically designed spaces up to 5,400 seats.
The unique acoustical properties of the Tectonic system allow for extremely flexible speaker placement options; from architecturally treated wall mounts to flown arrays to free-standing stage mounts. With little or no possibility of feed-back, systems can be mounted behind the performance space, mid-way between choir and orchestra or traditionally at front of stage.
A single processor is required to perform cross-over and E.Q. functions. Presets in most processors can be saved for numerous service scenarios. Amplification requirements are minimal due to the efficiency of the Tectonic panels and subs. Typical applications up to 5,000 seats require three or four amplifiers powered by two 110V A.C. cables.
A system that is nearly impervious to feed-back eliminates probably the #1 issue for HOW sound systems. The Tectonic system’s diffuse audio propagation characteristics make it nearly impervious to feedback. Panels can be placed behind, in the middle of or in front of performers and worship leaders. (At one demo, the pastor, with wireless headset, rode his bicycle through the congregation during his sermon!)
Acoustic output from the Tectonic system is remarkably constant from the front row to the back of the house. Concert goers expect an intense sound level in the front row. Parishioners do not. The Tectonic system delivers audio output that is engaging and enjoyable for all ages and expectations.
Assisted Listening Needs
Anecdotal evidence from congregation member who have relied on assisted listening systems or hearing aids, including cochlear implants, have reported remarkable intelligibility when listening to the Tectonic system; some saying that it was the only system that they could actually hear and understand.
For ministries who rely of temporary or borrowed space, or wish to move services outdoors, the Tectonic system is ideal. Panels weigh 50lbs each and are easily hung from stage lifts by one or two people. An entire system can be secured in a modest utility room or transported in a van. For outdoor applications, the Tectonic system is resistant to the audio effects of cross-winds that can sweep-away high frequency content.
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