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LDS Conference Center makes acoustic improvements

Salt Lake City's 21,000-seat LDS Conference Center, the main meeting hall for conferences of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and summer and Christmas holiday home to the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir, recently expanded its L-ACOUSTICS sound reinforcement system with the addition of new KARAi, SB18i and KIVA arrays.

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Chris Martin, who has served as the FOH mix engineer for the 360-voice Mormon Tabernacle Choir and 110-piece Orchestra for more than a decade, describes how the new exploded center cluster and delays have improved services and events. "Many of the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are soft-spoken individuals, so our job is a bit like trying to reinforce a whisper, which can be a challenge in a room of this size," Martin notes. "We measured one of our quietest talkers on our previous system last year at 50dB; the gain-before-feedback was next to nothing. With the KARAi, however, we were able to bring him up another 20dB, so the difference has been huge.

"Although we used to get multiple complaints from audience members who couldn't hear, we recently filtered 125,000 people through the Center in one weekend for our General Conference and had zero complaints -- not one!"

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