As the only church of its kind in Qatar, St. Peter & St. Paul Coptic Orthodox Church is a unique landmark in the capital city of Doha. It also represented a unique acoustic challenge for Maged Amin, Head of Design-Audiovisual, for regional systems integrator Techno Q. With high ceilings, an interior constructed largely of marble, a mezzanine level and a 50-foot dome near the building’s entrance, St. Peter & St. Paul was beyond the reach of ordinary loudspeaker technology.
Begun in 2013, the design and creation of the audio system within St. Peter & St. Paul Coptic Orthodox Church has drawn on the determination and skill of all involved. For Techno Q, and for Amin in particular, the project required great patience, as ideas that were proposed at the very beginning were left waiting until the church was ready to move forward.
“During services and events, the church becomes very crowded and there is a lot of noise in the back, so it becomes very difficult to cover the entire area evenly,” explained Amin. “Also, the interior is marble with high ceilings and the very high dome. It’s a very challenging environment. We ran a lot of simulations, working closely with Renkus-Heinz, and we had to convince the clients that we had the right plan. From the church’s point of view, they were investing in technology that was new to them.”
Following a commissioning phase that saw substantial collaboration between Techno Q and Renkus-Heinz, the strategy has now paid off. The church benefits from two Iconyx IC24-R-II arrays, covering the main ground-floor worship area, while an additional two IC8-R-II arrays serve the upper balcony area.
“We deployed beam steering in such a way that the coverage avoids the dome and still successfully reaches the rear seating,” commented Norbert Bau, Renkus-Heinz Sales Manager for the Middle East. “After we’d finished, a representative of the church came to listen to the results. He walked from the rear of the church to the front, and as he did so, he started smiling. Then he asked what kind of magic we had done!”