CenturyLink, the third largest telecommunications company in the U.S., has a new teleconferencing system installed at its Littleton, CO facility, and central to its operation is a collection of Aspen audio processing equipment from Lectrosonics.
Johnstown, CO-based Singularity Technologies, a design/build firm that specializes in providing AV solutions for a variety of businesses, was contracted to design and deploy the new conferencing system for CenturyLink.
At the heart of the projectis a Lectrosonics Aspen system consisting of an SPNDNT DSP mixer/processor with Dante audio networking capability, an SPN1624 (16 input/24 output) processor, an SPNCONF audio conferencing/telepresence interface, and an SPN32i 32-input expansion unit.
“The Aspen system handles all audio mixing, interfacing, and distribution for CenturyLink’s corporate auditorium in Littleton, CO,” explains Matt Zavakos, president of Singularity Technologies. “All microphones and source audio are processed and mixed via the system and output to a seven zone mix-minus, overhead sound system.
“Additionally, the Lectrosonics SPNDNT processor is utilized to allow for numerous additional inputs, outputs, and mixes to be tied into an audio engineering mixing console that facilitates multi-camera shoots and streaming to CenturyLink’s internal IPTV solution for company wide distribution.
The Aspen processing equipment is interfaced via RS-232 with an AMX control system.
“CenturyLink wanted a top notch audio system that would consistently perform well whether it was being used for a single audio teleconference, a multi-point video teleconference, or company-wide streamed town hall meeting,” he continues. “The quality, flexibility, and well thought out functionality of the Lectrosonics Aspen equipment made this an easy choice. The Aspen system’s proprietary gain/sharing algorithm for automixing is the best in the world and I have installed a lot of Lectrosonics systems for very happy clients.”
The CenturyLink AV system installation was completed several months ago and has been in regular use since that time. According to Zavakos, his client is very pleased. “Our client is very happy with the result of this extensive rebuild of their auditorium,” he reports. “The first time we spoke into one the microphones and they heard the system, the response was disbelief that it could sound so good.
“The system exhibits great tone and automixing, resulting in phenomenal gain before feedback. In addition, the quality of the teleconferencing/VTC audio makes them very happy. I have worked with Lectrosonics for 20 years and hold them in the highest regard. I am continually impressed with their products and the staff. Lectrosonics is, by far, one of my favorite vendors to deal with and I count quite a few of them as friends.”