The Dale Horton Auditorium (DHA) at Pensacola (Florida) Christian College recently underwent a complete audio system upgrade, incorporating Crown Audio CTs Series amplifiers with PIP-BLU programmable input processor cards.
The DHA, one of the largest performing arts venues in the Southeast, has a seating capacity of 3,500 and features an interior that blends angular and curved surfaces, fabric and wood and multi-level seating and houses a full working stage and orchestra pit.
“The Dale Horton Auditorium is an absolute gem – with one glaring exception,” said John Fuqua, vice president of Pensacola commercial audio and lighting contractor All Pro Sound. “The sound system was the original one that was installed when the Dale Horton Auditorium was built in 1986. It needed to be completely replaced.”
The facility needed a system that was versatile and could accommodate its wide variety of activities, including theatrical and musical productions as well as the college’s own productions, lectures, and worship services.
Fuqua’s team wanted the amplifiers to provide flexibility and control in addition to power. Crown CTs amps include programmable input processor cards that provide BLU-Link functionality.
In addition to multiple digital audio bus channels to and from the amplifier, the PIP-BLU card offers an RJ-45 Ethernet jack for remote configuration, control and monitoring and analog input and output connectors. “Crown CTs Series amplifiers with BLU-Link cards were ideal for this application,” Fuqua states.
Twenty Crown CTs 3000, 10 CTs 1200 and seven CTs 600 amplifiers, all with PIP-BLU cards are installed in the auditorium. The amps operate in conjunction with two BSS BLU-160 signal processors with digital audio bus, two BLUCARD-IN input cards, six BLUCARD-OUT output cards and two BLU-BOB2 break-out-boxes.
“The Crown CTs Series amplifiers with BLU-Link cards have remote monitoring and control capability, so we can operate, control power sequencing and configure them from a central location,” Fuqua notes. “We’re using the BSS Audio Soundweb London platform because we already have it deployed in several other areas on campus including the Crowne Centre auditorium, which is another large facility.
“Using BSS throughout Pensacola Christian College ensures compatibility and familiarity with the equipment and programming by everyone who uses it.”
The new system also includes a Soundcraft Vi6 digital mixing console at front of house.