The synagogue’s sound system had aged, did not deliver sufficiently intelligible speech and no longer met the requirements of the space. In addition, the inflexibility of the system infrastructure was restricting the clergy’s creative development and exploration of new formats for services and events, so the house of worship engaged the services of Hanson Associates to address the acoustics and audio visual systems.
Hanson Associates undertook acoustic measurements of the space and designed a new sound reinforcement system comprising of 4 actively processed line arrays to overcome the acoustic challenges of the sub-dividable auditorium. A simple tablet-based interface provides minor adjustments to an otherwise automated sound system to ensure softly-spoken or nervous younger or older generations are clearly heard by everyone in the room.
The audio system is combined with a video capture and streaming facility that delivers services and performances to congregation members who may be unable to physically attend the synagogue.