When St. Phillip’s College, located in San Antonio, Texas, built the Watson Auditorium 10 years ago the idea was to provide a state-of-the-art performing arts center for the college and surrounding community.
Unfortunately, the sound reinforcement system that was installed, although adequate, had intelligibility issues and was not keeping up with the demands of the theater’s programming.
The school contacted San Antonio Sound & Light who worked closely with system designers from Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams (WJHW) to remedy the situation.
“The auditorium is used for a variety of applications – everything from concerts and plays to lectures – so it was important that the new system be very versatile,” explains San Antonio Sound & Light owner Mark Stevens. “We worked closely throughout the four month project with both WJHW and the architects to ensure that we met the college’s needs.”
The performing arts center is a rectangular room with seating for 500 on the first level and another 200 in the balcony. The goal was even coverage throughout the room, while at the same time providing the musicality and vocal clarity this multi-purpose venue required.
Tom Falgien from WJHW specified a LCR system consisting of Tannoy VQNET loudspeakers with additional Tannoy loudspeakers for delay and under balcony coverage.
The LCR system consists of a three VQNET 60 full range, self-powered, three-way loudspeakers. The center loudspeakers are backed by a VQNET MB double 18-inch subwoofer. A VQNET 85 dedicated two way down-firing Mid/High loudspeaker is included for additional front seating coverage.
All of the components are VNET compliant, avoiding the need to input the correct speaker management setting or dynamics during installation. A VNET USB RS232 rack-mountable interface is utilized to connect a Windows PC running VNET Software to the VNET loudspeaker network, allowing full control, tuning and diagnostics of the devices in the network.
WJHW utilized EASE and VNET to model the system to room specifications and acoustics.
San Antonio Sound & Light also installed Tannoy VX 12 two-way, 12-inch passive loudspeakers for delays and under balcony fill.
“We have worked with Tannoy loudspeaker products for years,” explains Stevens. “The system met all of the schools requirements and then some – reliability, vocal intelligibility and outstanding sound quality.”
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