LARES patented processing provides an enormous increase in feedback rejection, allowing microphones and loudspeakers to be placed in close proximity to one another without the consequences of coloration or howling. Hence, we can place microphones and loudspeakers above the congregation and deliver energy throughout the sanctuary which improves the sense of intimacy and connection with a choir that is distant.
Houses of worship require acoustics that enable the spoken word to be heard and clearly understood, provide the support and envelopment required for organ, musicians and choir, and create a sense of intimacy for the congregation.

The problem is that each of these goals directly conflicts with the others even before architecture enters into the picture!

In smaller churches, attaining reverberant characteristics necessary for a good musical program often means increasing the cubic volume of the building, and hardening surfaces to increase the strength, density and duration of reflected sound in the space. Even if raising the roof or moving walls is practical, such an exercise is a construction project that will be costly and require closing the building for some time.
LARES can provide a substantial improvement in overall acoustical balance in smaller spaces. Although speakers need to mounted throughout the venue, this exercise is much simpler than reconstruction, and most often can be accomplished while primary worship services continue. A LARES system can be designed to simply add energy for choir and organ - improving spaciousness, warmth and envelopment, and the feeling of intimacy within the environment.

As the geometry of the venue or needs for acoustical delivery become more complex, the LARES system design can be altered to meet the challenge. If the church is large and has an antiphonal organ or choir, the timing of early and later energy from sources in both the front and rear of the space needs to be carefully accommodated and precisely delivered in order to maintain articulation. With LARES, this is easily accomplished.

Since LARES utilizes a distributed loudspeaker array, it can also accommodate secondary sound reinforcement signals as part of the overall system design. Signals for sound reinforcement are treated with an independent processing path including independent delays for timing against direct sources and the primary reinforcement system. These signals are then mixed with LARES processing just before the input to power amplifiers.
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