Sweetwater of Fort Wayne, IN, and All Pro Sound of Pensacola, FL, recently collaborated to install a new sound system at fabled Assembly Hall, home of the Indiana Hoosiers basketball team, located on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington.
It marked the first renovation of the sound system since the venue’s initial construction.
Due to scheduling issues, the project was fast-tracked and completed in about 30 days — with the removal of the old system and the installation of the new taking only 19 days. The work had to be performed around IU practice schedules, making it an entirely a nighttime project with 6 pm to 8 am shifts.
A key aspect of Sweetwater’s and All Pro Sound’s winning of the contract was their ability to complete it in the short time frame. In addition, a coordinated effort between manufacturers was integral to the project’s success.
Sweetwater and All Pro Sound were able to work with long-time manufacturing partners on the procurement and quick delivery of the various audio components involved. Those partners included JBL Professional, Crown Audio, and BSS, as well as Renkus-Heinz, which mobilized its resources and coordinated with the two install companies to accomplish the feat.
Sound system design for the project was provided by New York-based SIA Acoustics. Sam Berkow, founder of SIA, explains, “Sweetwater and All Pro Sound faced all of the standard logistical challenges that sports arenas present, plus a very short time window in which to finish the installation. They were able to work with us as the designer, as well as with the facility’s in-house crew, to find ways to meet these challenges. The result was a system installed on budget and on schedule. A very good job.”
The technical side of the installation project was comprised of completely new loudspeakers, amplifiers, and signal processing units, including 90 specialized loudspeakers resulting in a significant increase in speech intelligibility.
Also included were six JBL VerTec VT4888DP self-powered line arrays plus four subwoofer arrays designed to provide speech reinforcement and the power to add “punch” to the Hoosiers’ home games.
Five BSS BLU160 supplied processing, with power from Crown Audio CTS and Crown I-Tech amplifiers. The system is headed by a PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 digital mixer. A LynTec Sequential power system provides AC power management.
“Assembly Hall is one of the premiere college basketball venues in the nation, and our state-of-the-art sound system will greatly enhance the event experience for our fans,” states Fred Glass, Indiana University vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics.
Sweetwater founder and president Chuck Surack adds, “With Fort Wayne, Indiana, being the home of Sweetwater, I felt a particularly strong desire to see the sound system in this incredible sports facility be installed by an Indiana company. From sales to merchandising, our team worked around the clock to put together a winning bid. And with our existing relationship with All Pro Sound, plus our incredible partnerships with audio manufacturers, we knew that, together, we would be able to meet the many challenges this huge project presented.”
Just a few of the people that played a part in the project. (L to R): Bobby Taylor APS; Sam Berkow SIA; Josh Preble APS; John Harmon IU; Colin Dekker APS; Larry Preble APS; Nathan Chissus APS; Jacob Robinson APS; Clayton Hadley APS; Ryan Hall APS; Jay Fullmer Harman; Dennis Ryan APS; Doug Booher IU).
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