Clear Springs Baptist

Templeton Sound Systems received a national 2017 Solomon Award for the "design and installation of audio system or sound reinforcement" at Clear Springs Baptist Church in the greater Knoxville, Tenn., area.


An Orangeburg-based firm that specializes in the design and installation of church audio, video recording and multimedia systems has been nationally recognized for its work in a Tennessee church.

Templeton Sound Systems received a national 2017 Solomon Award for the "design and installation of audio system or sound reinforcement" at Clear Springs Baptist Church in the greater Knoxville area.

The award was presented at the WFX (Worship Facilities) Conference & Expo in Dallas.

Michael W. Templeton, president of Templeton Sound Systems, expressed his thankfulness for the national recognition.

"We started from humble beginnings," Templeton said, noting his father, Wayne, started Templeton Sound in 1984 in Orangeburg. "I am proud of our community and a proud to be local. I am humbled by it (award) and I think it is good for our region and our city."

Templeton also gave glory to God for the award.

"I am grateful for the fact the way the Lord has blessed the business," he said. "I am all church and all about church."

The award recognizes churches and their partners for excellence in facilities design, building expansion or remodeling, operation excellence, innovative use, and technical production.

The award is open to architects, designers and builders.

The Solomon awards recognize a number of different categories from building contractors, to acoustical designs and installation, to church building designs, to design and installation of video display or lighting design to name a few.

Templeton received the award in the category of 801-seat to 2,000-seat churches.

Other winners in the "design and installation of audio system or sound reinforcement" division include churches that have between 301 seats to 800 seats and churches that have more than 2,001 seats.

As part of this award, Templeton designed and installed 18 PreSonus WorxAudio TrueLine XL1i-P loudspeakers for Clear Springs Baptist Church with that provide broad sound coverage eliminating sound dead spots in the sanctuary.

PreSonus Audio Electronics Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio recording software and hardware. The sound system is from PreSonus' TrueLine and Wave Series of catalogs from the PreSonus Commercial Division.

Templeton noted in the church's old sanctuary there were numerous challenges in terms of the sound.

“Coverage was very uneven — with numerous dead spots,” he said. “Complicating matters further, the sound was typically much louder in the front and almost non-existent in the rear of the room. Between the dead spots and the hot spots, intelligibility suffered a lot.”

The system also included a self-powered X2i-P/D loudspeaker touted as an "all-in-one ultra compact high performance system for the reproduction of speech and music program material" for over-stage for monitoring.

This is to "ensure the choir and other performers onstage could hear clearly," according to a press release.

In addition, dual TL218SSi-P subwoofers provide low-frequency sound support in front of the stage area.

Rounding out the sound system, three TrueLine V5M ultra-compact loud speakers were placed across the front of the stage area to ensure those in the front of the church can hear and another four V5M were placed under the church's balcony.

Additionally, two WorxAudio Wave Series 8M 2-way, floor monitors further enhance sound for those on the stage, according to the press release.

The new sound system is touted as providing "clarity and consistent" sound coverage in the church.

The sound system is a part of the church's newly built campus.

Templeton praised the sound technology as ideal for a church self-described as having a Southern gospel style of music mixed with an old country style of Baptist worship.

The church has both a choir and a live instrument ensemble consisting of piano, organ, bass, drums, guitars, strings, and winds.

“This is a very clean-looking installation,” Templeton said. "There are no chains and no visible wires to distract from the aesthetics of the space.”

The sound system has been operational since May 2016.

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Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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