Friday, June 21, 2013
Scrub Supplies Molinare With Avid Console & Pro Tools Upgrades
Scrub, a division of HHB, has supplied Molinare’s Film and TV Post Production facilities with a 32-Fader Avid S5 Fusion Control Surface and Pro Tools upgrades for its newly revamped Dubbing Theatre A in Soho, London.
Scrub, a division of HHB Communications, has supplied Molinare’s Film and TV Post Production facilities with a 32-Fader Avid S5 Fusion Control Surface and Pro Tools upgrades for its newly revamped Dubbing Theatre A in Soho, London.
The refurbishment of Molinare’s Dubbing Theatre A makes it Soho’s only audio post production facility to offer a Pro Tools-based Euphonix DSP system. In addition to the S5 control surface, the theatre has been upgraded to Avid’s powerful Pro Tools HDX and version 10 software.
The Dolby-approved theatre now features a JBL Screen Array Surround Sound System, also supplied by Scrub. Molinare’s Dubbing Theatre B has been equipped with an upgrade to Pro Tools HDX and an identical JBL surround system.
Scrub sales and technical staff worked closely with Molinare General Manager – Technology Richard Wilding to specify the new Pro Tools infrastructure and the surround sound systems. They played an integral role in the project by configuring and testing the S5-Fusion Control Surface and Pro Tools systems at their HQ before installing them onsite with system design and installation specialist Absolute CAD.
Richard Wilding commented: “From the initial planning advice, through sales and installation support, Scrub’s service was outstanding. This was a major project for Molinare and needed to run to a very tight schedule – Scrub proved extremely helpful and flexible in the support they gave, enabling us to keep everything on track.
“They ably demonstrated the benefit that a dedicated, knowledgeable, experienced sales company can offer and the very real added value that they bring.”
The S5 Fusion offers a powerful, dedicated Digital Signal Processing engine and EUCON Hybrid control to record and mix EUCON-enabled Digital Audio Workstation projects. The console accelerates the overall mixing process, giving users complete control and flexibility and providing instant visual feedback on metering, track info, routing and more through high-resolution screens.
Users can save the position of sources on the surface at any given time and recall them at a later time. They can also control any number of faders from a single strip through Control Groups.
Scrub Head of Sales Ben Scully explains: “Molinare’s revamped Dubbing Theatre A is a world-class studio and a one-of-a-kind room in London. Not only does it look and sound great, but the advanced features, power and speed provided by the S5 console puts it in a class of its own. We have worked with Molinare for many years, and it is exciting to consult them on this new venture and state-of-the-art facilities.“
Electra Partners Announce Acquisition Of Allen & Heath
Electra Partners is pleased to announce the acquisition of mixing console manufacturer, Allen & Heath
, from D&M Holdings. £43 million of equity and debt has been provided by Electra Private Equity PLC and Allen & Heath’s management.
Electra Partners is pleased to announce the acquisition of mixing console manufacturer, Allen & Heath, from D&M Holdings. £43 million of equity and debt has been provided by Electra Private Equity PLC and Allen & Heath’s management.
Founded in 1969, Allen & Heath designs and manufactures audio mixing consoles for live sound, such as concerts, theatres and houses of worship. With an experienced management team and an extensive global distribution network, the company holds a leading market position and has consistently achieved strong revenue growth for over twenty years. Allen & Heath’s existing team and distribution networks will remain in place.
Commenting on this acquisition, Alex Fortescue, Chief Investment Partner at Electra Partners said: “The ability to invest across the capital structure, in this case funding both the equity and debt instruments, is a great example of Electra’s flexible investment mandate being put to work to ensure a swift completion for the vendor and a straightforward structure for the business to capitalize on both organic and acquisitive growth opportunities.”
Charles Elkington, Investment Partner at Electra Partners adds: “Allen & Heath is a leader in a niche market with an excellent track record of year-on-year growth. We believe that the company has a bright future and we will be looking to work with Glenn Rogers and his team to grow the business through further investment in new product development, improved marketing and distribution, and through acquisition.”
Glenn Rogers, Managing Director at Allen & Heath, says: “We are very excited about working with Electra Partners and the opportunities it presents for the next phase of Allen & Heath’s growth. We have an excellent catalogue of existing products and a number of exciting prospects in development. We see opportunity for expansion into new areas and look forward to building Allen & Heath’s long-term future alongside Electra Partners.”
The Electra Partners deal team for this transaction included Charles Elkington, Ian Wood and Shakira Adigun-Boaye.
This is the fourth investment Electra Partners has announced this year, following the previously announced co-investment in CALA Group and the acquisitions of AXIO Data Group and the EP I Secondary Portfolio.
Electra Partners was advised by Taylor Wessing LLP. Allen & Heath and D&M Holdings were advised by Houlihan Lokey and Ropes & Gray International LLP.
Electra Partners refers to Electra Partners LLP acting on behalf of its client Electra Private Equity PLC.
Allen & Heath
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Waves Audio Debuts New Genesis Plug-In Bundle For Live Applications
Includes C4 Multiband Compressor, Renaissance DeEsser, H-Delay and Renaissance Reverb
Waves Audio expands its live offerings with the new Genesis bundle, a collection of four plug-ins for live sound applications.
Genesis includes the following plug-ins:
—C4 Multiband Compressor for dynamic equalization and tone-shaping;
—Renaissance DeEsser to control sibilant “ess” and “shh” sounds;
—H-Delay to create depth and movement;
—Renaissance Reverb for space and atmosphere.
Together, these four plug-ins form the basis of an expandable, forward-thinking performance system that is ready to grow and evolve with users and their needs.
David Stagl, FOH engineer at North Point Community Church in Atlanta, notes, “These are four great tools I use in just about all of my mixes.”
Adds Ken “Pooch” Van Druten, mixer/FOH engineer for Linkin Park, Kid Rock and KISS, “Genesis is perfect for the live engineer. I call it the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ bundle.”
Waves Genesis is MultiRack Native, TDM/D-Show and SoundGrid compatible. It is available now with a U.S. MSRP of $499.
Middle Atlantic Introduces Reference Series AV-Focused Lecterns
Combines the strength and functionality of a rack with the look of furniture
The new Middle Atlantic Products Reference Series Lectern combines the strength and functionality of a rack with the look of furniture. Marked by the same installer-friendly approach as the company’s C5 Credenza Rack, the new Reference Lectern eliminates long waits, speeds up integration and reduces the effects of transit damage by shipping the outer wood surfaces separately from the internal rack structure.
The Reference Lectern’s AV-focused design enables quick and easy customization. Each lectern features a fully customizable Presenter’s Panel that can be designed with cutouts to incorporate the controls, touchscreens and other devices necessary for each project’s individual requirements.
This cost-effective feature provides for easy upgrades for future changes to the technology powering the presentation system and will easily be specified with the company’s RackTools layout and specification software.
A solution for higher education and corporate environments, the Reference Lectern is equally suited for network-connected presentations, or individual presentations via laptop connection. Its easy-to-integrate, open frame design includes built-in power distribution and provisions for both cable and thermal management.
The inner steel rack structure ships directly from one of the company’s five North American warehouses, allowing integrators to begin the integration of the system immediately. The outer surfaces are shipped separately to the installation site or shop and can be quickly and easily attached to the core structure to cover the metal and complete the installation.
Installers can choose from one bay, 1.5 bay or dual bay widths and 13 standard finishes. An optional millwork kit includes detailed drawings for a custom millworker to construct custom wood panels and all hardware necessary for their attachment to the core structure. This allows additional aesthetic choices for complementing the room’s décor.
Middle Atlantic Products
Posted by Keith Clark on 06/20 at 04:49 PM
Studer VistaMix Upgrade Offers Automatic Microphone Mixing Solution
Particularly well-suited for house of worship applications
Studer VistaMix is a new software upgrade for the range of Vista digital mixing consoles, offering automatic microphone mixing that removes the need for an operator to manually adjust all the faders all the time, leaving the microphones of talking participants open while closing the mics of silent participants in order to reduce spill and background noise.
Mixing sound for houses of worship in particular can pose a unique set of challenges, particularly when services involve large choirs, musical ensembles and multiple worship leaders.
These scenarios feature multiple open or active mics, which leads to microphone spill, increased background noise and greater possibility of system feedback. As each active mic is added to the mix, intelligibility decreases while unpleasant comb filter effects (phase distortion) become more common.
Manual fader control can miss cues when speakers speak unexpectedly, plus changes in fader positions can quickly lead to disturbing changes of the total ambience/noise level in the mix.
VistaMix offers the solution by mimicking the action of a human operator: increasing gain for “talking” mics and reducing gain for all others, but doing it very quickly and keeping the amount of total gain constant, so a clean live mix can be created.
In addition, VistaMix switches on only those mics that are in use. Several nested VistaMix groups can be set up so that individual areas can be managed separately and then combined.
This new feature is available to all existing Vista systems with SCore Live DSP engines and the Vista 1. By upgrading to software version 4.9 and adding the special VistaMix channels to the DSP configuration, VistaMix is ready to go. No additional hardware is required to the Vista surface, the new controls are fully implemented within the standard Vistonics screens and controls.
Clear-Com Eclipse HX-Delta Is Now Shipping Worldwide
New High-Performance 3RU Matrix Intercom System is Unveiled at InfoComm 2013 for the First Time
Clear-Com is pleased to announce that its new Eclipse HX-Delta Matrix Frame is now shipping worldwide.
The HX-Delta brings the high capacity of Clear-Com’s larger matrices to a compact, cost-effective 3RU frame.
This smaller frame allows connectivity using IP or fiber as well as seamless integration with wireless and third-party devices without external interface frames.
The Eclipse HX-Delta system also offers a new connection paradigm for larger venues such as performing arts complexes. Due to its small size and lower cost, HX-Delta gives users the option of building a distributed matrix system with frames in multiple areas of a facility.
This new solution offers a more flexible workflow and permits shorter cable runs between system frames and intercom panels, cutting down on cabling costs.
The size of the Eclipse HX-Delta also makes it suited for applications where space is limited but advanced connectivity is required, as with industrial or rental and staging applications.
The HX-Delta’s four interface card slots provide users with the flexibility of using a variety of connectivity options. Cards include the E-MADI64-HX 64 bi-directional channel card, the IVC-32-HX IP connection card and the E-Que-HX integrated wireless/E1/T1 trunking card, among others.
Three internal slots for interface modules allow the HX-Delta to integrate seamlessly with other third-party communication devices, such as telephones, two-way radios and camera intercoms. The HX-Delta also comes with two CPU cards for redundant system control.
“As productions become more complex, our users require the additional connectivity options of a larger matrix frame but do not always have the space to accommodate the larger frame size,” says Stephen Sandford, Product Manager at Clear-Com. “Our new Eclipse HX-Delta bridges this gap between our smaller and larger frames.
“With the addition of the Eclipse HX-Delta to the already extensive variety of Eclipse HX frames, Clear-Com provides users with a complete intercom solution for every size and need of a production or application.”
The Eclipse HX range, comprising the Eclipse HX-Omega, Eclipse HX-Median, Eclipse HX-Delta and Eclipse HX-PiCo offer simplified setup, operation and administration as well as larger system capacity for many audio and user connections. When used along with the EHX Software, these frames allow users to make system-wide changes rapidly. Clear-Com’s V-Series and iStation user panels, existing frame I/O cards and interfaces are all compatible with the Eclipse HX range. This gives existing Eclipse customers a seamless and logical way to upgrade.
Posted by Julie Clark on 06/20 at 04:03 PM
QSC Promotes Phil Sanchez To Senior Communications & Public Relations Manager
Company expands marketing team to support growth
QSC Audio has announced the appointment of Phil Sanchez to the newly created position of senior communications and public relations manager.
In his new role, Sanchez will be responsible for driving QSC messaging, developing and strengthening mutually beneficial media partner relationships, and seeking opportunities to promote the QSC brand across a wide range of media worldwide.
“I am incredibly pleased to have Phil on our Marketing Communications team,” says Ray van Staten, QSC senior director, marketing communications and training & education. “His diverse experience and wealth of product and industry knowledge make him ideally suited for this role.”
Sanchez joined QSC more than three years ago, serving as a product manager with focus on loudspeaker products. Prior to QSC, Sanchez served as a product manager for commercial/installed sound products at JBL Professional as well as marketing manager at TASCAM. He began his audio career at Fender Musical Instruments where he served as a technical writer.
“QSC has long been known as an industry leader, providing audio professionals with the finest solutions available in the market,” states Sanchez. “I look forward to the challenge of promoting and helping shape the QSC brand worldwide.”
New AKG C111LP Earhook Mic Improves Stage Performance
The AKG C111LP is nearly indestructible, constructed out of stainless steel to ensure ruggedness and reliability.
AKG proudly introduces its C111LP earhook microphone, ideal for on-stage performers and corporate speakers for venues of all sizes.
The C111LP is nearly indestructible, constructed out of stainless steel to ensure ruggedness and reliability. Still, the strong frame is pliable, able to adjust and fit the head of any performer.
The small skin-colored boom visually disappears against the face, while its 7g weight provides a comfortable fit.
“The C111LP’s flat frequency response ensures perfect audio quality, which we research, design and manufacture to meet the demanding needs of the professional audio industry,” stated Thomas Giczy, Business Development Manager, Installed Sound, AKG. “We understand the need to provide performers with comfort with a reliable microphone and the C111LP encompasses all of the qualities expected on stage.”
The C111LP connects to all AKG pocket transmitters via 3-pin mini XLR for easy integration into any rig. Its frequency response ranges from 60-15.000hz, with an omni-directional polar pattern.
C111LP includes a windscreen, cable clip and carrying pouch within its packaging.
Audio-Technica Introduces ATM610a/S Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone
Outfitted with MagnaLock on/off switch and a superior internal shock mounting, reducing handling and stage noise
Audio-Technica has introduced the new ATM610a/S hypercardioid dynamic handheld microphone.
A variation on A-T’s successful ATM610a, the ATM610a/S features a lockable MagnaLock on/off switch design providing silent on/off operation, adding versatility for a variety of applications.
The new ATM610a/S has a hypercardioid polar pattern that reduces the pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of the desired sound source. It’s a solution for vocal applications when the user needs the ability to control his or her own mic, such as when an engineer is not present, or as a high quality talk-back mic.
The ATM610a/S has a rugged, all-metal design and construction for years of trouble-free use; a superior internal shock mounting, which reduces handling and stage noise; rare earth magnet for articulate vocal reproduction; a multi-stage grille design, offering excellent protection against plosives and sibilance without compromising high-frequency clarity; Quiet-Flex stand clamp for silent, flexible microphone positioning; and corrosion-resistant contacts from the gold-plated XLRM-type connector.
Polar Pattern: Hypercardioid
Frequency Response: 40 to 16,000 Hz
Open Circuit Sensitivity: -55 dB (1.7 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
Impedance: 300 ohms
Switch: Lockable MagnaLock on/off switch
Weight: 9.9 oz (280 g)
Dimensions: 6.97-in (177 mm) long, 1.89-in (48 mm) diameter
Output Connector: Integral 3-pin XLRM-type
Audio-Technica-style case: T6
AT8470 Quiet-Flex stand clamp for 5/8”-27 threaded stands; 5/8”-27 to 3/8”-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch
The ATM610a/S will be available August 2013 with a U.S. MSRP of $259 ($149 MAP).
Posted by Keith Clark on 06/20 at 03:04 PM
Aviom Introduces A360 Channel Manager Software At InfoComm 2013
Software Application Simplifies Custom Channel Configurations for the New A360 Personal Mixer
Aviom’s new A360 Channel Manager software is now available for download for use with the company’s new A360 Personal Mixers.
This PC-based software application makes it possible to create custom channel configurations for Aviom’s newly released A360 Personal Mixers from a pool of up to 64 network channels.
The software also allows users to create and save up to 16 configurations onto a USB memory stick for loading into A360 Personal Mixers. These configurations can also be recalled from a USB stick for editing in the software.
The easy-to-use graphical interface of the A360 Channel Manager software simplifies the customization of both the channel selection and the channel arrangement for each A360 Personal Mixer in a system.
The free software allows for any Pro16e network slot to be mapped to any mix channel on the A360, including the 16 standard mix channels, the Dual Profile Channel, and One-Touch Ambience.
Within a single window, the A360 Channel Manager software provides functionality for each channel button to be set as mono or stereo and assigned to any of the 64 network sources that can be made available via the Pro16e protocol.
Aviom’s product research and development manager, Ray Legnini, explains, “The A360 Personal Mixer provides a new level of control and customization to personal mixing, and the A360 Channel Manager is just one element of the product design focused on simplifying the personal mixing experience for the performer.
With an A360, each performer on stage or in the studio can have a unique channel configuration, ensuring that everyone is working with exactly the channels they need.”
QSC Active Line Arrays & Loudspeakers Installed In Moscow’s Red Square
KLA & K Series Actives Power Outdoor Events At Moscow's Open-Air Street Basketball Tournament
A QSC KLA loudspeaker system, supplied by QSC Russian distributor MixArt, provided sound reinforcement on Moscow’s Red Square during festivities to herald the run-up to the Moscow Open, the Russian capital’s annual open-air basketball festival.
This year, 16 teams are participating from all over Europe and the USA, and the temporary street ball area on Red Square allowed any member of the public to try their basketball skills and get involved, too.
Comprising two arrays each of three KLA12 elements and two KLA181 subwoofers, the QSC line array was flown from a temporary roof erected over an open-air basketball court on the North side of Red Square from May 30th to June 2nd.
Alexander Soloviev, Commercial Director at MixArt, explains: “We realized that the roof over the temporary basketball court would enable us to suspend the loudspeaker system. A QSC KLA Active system was the obvious choice.”
QSC K10 Active loudspeakers were used as additional stage wedges for the opening and closing ceremonies, during announcements and also for the daily rapping and beat boxing contests that took place throughout the festival. Extra two-ton cables were attached to the roof to ensure that the line arrays would remain in position even if struck by flying basketballs.
The company charged with supplying the PA systems on Red Square used for the festival was Moscow Events (known in Russian as Avenda Zvuka), who have been using QSC loudspeaker systems for some time.
Moscow Events owner Vladimir Filippov comments: “From 2008, we were pioneers in Russia for using mid-size powered line-array speakers. Some months ago, we added QSC KLA, KW and K Series Actives to our inventory, and I must say that our technicians and sound engineers like them the most.
“The systems are cost-effective, low in weight, easy to set up and break down, sound good and are very powerful — we’ve been really happy with them! Many top-level people in Russia have given their speeches using the QSC KLA line array system – for example our ex-President Dmitri Medvedev, and the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Sergey Ivanov.”
Avenda Zvuka plan to use the KLA system for on-going open-air public streetball games throughout the Moscow Open and the associated International Streetball World Championship, which take place in July.
Group One Ltd. Adds Avolites & Appoints Industry Pro Brad White As National Sales Manager
Group One expands lighting division with Avolites and hires Brad White as National Sales Manager for the division.
Group One Ltd’s lighting division just got a major boost with the addition of Avolites to its distribution roster.
In addition, the diversified domestic importer and distributor of professional audio and lighting equipment has appointed Brad White as National Sales Manager to head up the Avolites division.
Avolites is dedicated to producing the very best control solutions for all aspects of the professional lighting industry. Avolites equipment utilizes cutting-edge technology while retaining the accessible, intuitive, hands-on familiarity for which Avolites’ products have become popular and renowned.
White is charged with the development of the Avolites business in America working with lighting designers, specifiers, dealers, production companies and facilities. The appointment reunites White with Avolites in the US, where he served as Technical Support and Sales Manager (and affectionately known as “Mr. Avo”) for a dozen years.
Additionally, White has a wealth of accumulated professional lighting experience working as both COO (2011-2013) and Lighting Tech/Designer (1990-1996) with TERI Productions, as Director of Sales and Technical Sales Manager for PixelRange Inc. (2009-2011) and has extensive expertise facilitating the programming and/or design of various tours, festivals and corporate events.
“The Lighting division at Group One is continuing to expand and we couldn’t be happier to have Brad White re-united with the Avolites product line,” stated Group One President, Jack Kelly. “Avolites is one of the great legacy brands in the lighting industry and all of us at Group One are looking forward to further developing the U.S. market for a great range of products from a great company. I know that the market here has such a great deal of respect for Brad’s knowledge and work ethic and we are extremely happy to welcome him into the Group One Family.”
“I am very excited join the Group One family,” White added. “Avolites has been a part of my life for many years and it’s great to be officially back! Group One’s industry experience is going to be an amazing asset to the Avolites brand.”
Group One Limited
Posted by Julie Clark on 06/20 at 02:00 PM
Transform Your Mind: Chapter 2 Of White Paper Series On Transformers In Audio Now Available
The best measures to prevent ground loops and other problems that commonly occur in feeding multiple loads
Chapter 2 of PSW’s ongoing free white paper series, entitled “Transformers - Insurance Against Show-Stopping Problems,” is now available for free download. (Get it here.)
The white paper series is presented by Lundahl, a world leader in the design and production of transformers. The new chapter goes in-depth on the best measures to prevent ground loops and other problems that commonly occur in feeding multiple loads, including the use of transformers to effectively solve the problem.
The series of papers is authored by Ken DeLoria, senior technical editor of ProSoundWeb and Live Sound International.
Note that Chapter 1: An Introduction to Transformers in Audio Devices is also still available for free download. Several more free white papers on transformers and related audio topics will be posted here on PSW and available on a regular basis.
Again, download your free copy of chapter 2 of the white paper series here.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Temple Emanu-El Upgrades Multi-Purpose Hall With Community Loudspeakers
Commercial Media Systems replaced the old sound system with ENTASYS 220 column line array loudspeakers and VLF208LV subwoofers from Community.
Established in 1861 and one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s first Jewish organizations, Temple Emanu-El describes itself as “a vibrant, musical and diverse reform community offering meaningful worship services, lively holiday celebrations, and inclusive and affirming life-cycle events”.
Temple Emanu-El’s current building, dedicated in 1948, includes the “Temple House” social hall. Temple House activities include worship service overflow, “Rock Shabbat” services, wedding receptions and a variety of other events.
In the past, the Temple House suffered from poor acoustics and an aging sound system. Contractor Joe Orlando of Commercial Media Systems in Atwater, California, says the shoe-box shaped room had a half-oak floor, hard walls and stucco ceiling. Its reverb time was over two seconds and “you couldn’t understand a conversation from three feet away!”
Orlando installed Perform Acoustics panels on the walls and ceiling to reduce the reverberation. And, to replace the old sound system and provide high-quality, intelligible sound throughout the space, he installed Community’s ENTASYS 220 Column Line Array loudspeakers and VLF208LV subwoofers at each side of the Temple House stage.
“This is a multi-purpose space,” said Orlando. “I needed a loudspeaker system that would sound great for music and provide intelligible voice all the way to the back of the room while still meeting the Temple’s budget. I knew the ENTASYS could do that. “And,” he added, “Community’s VLF208LV subs are great for the Temple House musical services and special events.”
Orlando powered the system with QSC amplifiers and used a Symetrix Radius DSP system. The sound system is highly flexible. It can be operated in “auto mode” with a single volume control on the wall, or it can be controlled from an iPAD via a Wi-Fi router. For larger events, like the Rock Shabbat services, the Temple plugs a Presonus mixer into a floor box in the center of the room.
“The Temple is very happy with the system,” said Orlando. “The rabbi loves the intelligibility, there are no feedback issues, and the system sounds great!”
Tannoy Educates At Oblate School Of Theology Conference Center
New 24,000 square foot facility provides the school with a place to accommodate different kinds of gatherings while allowing more comfortable and efficient seats for continuing education events and large assemblies.
The Whitley Conference center, located at The Oblate School of Theology, located in San Antonio, TX, boasts an auditorium, lecture halls and classroom space in addition to a host of other amenities.
The new 24,000 square foot facility, which opened in 2012, provides the school with a place to accommodate different kinds of gatherings while allowing more comfortable and efficient seats for continuing education events and large assemblies.
Overland Partners, an architecture firm in San Antonio, teamed up with San Antonio office of system design firm Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon and Williams (WJHW), to coordinate the design of the building with AV and technology requirements.
San Antonio Sound & Light, also of San Antonio, provided the final sound reinforcement system design and installation of multiple Tannoy based systems that fulfill the schools needs for the multi-use venue.
“It was a team effort in every way imaginable,” explain Mark Stevens, president of San Antonio Sound & Light. “WJHW did a preliminary overview of the project and defined the criteria of the AV system which we then used to generate the final proposal.”
The auditorium is a multi-purpose space that when used in its entirety can seat up to 1,000 people. The large room features a vaulted ceiling with dropped down wood panels adding a unique architectural aesthetic to the room.
The auditorium also has the ability to be broken down into three separate spaces for smaller group environments. As such the sound reinforcement system needed to accommodate a variety of uses. Stevens installed a distributed system that consists of twenty Tannoy VX 8 loudspeakers.
“Because of the way the wooden panels are dropped down from the ceiling with plenty of space between each of them, we were able to position the VX 8s in a way that made them effective but also almost invisible,” explains Stevens. “The center system has eight evenly distributed loudspeakers firing straight down at the seating area—the left and right sides are similar with six VX 8s in each section.”
The compact VX 8 features an 8-inch Dual Concentric full-range driver with a peak output of 119 dB. Tightly controlled 90 degrees conical dispersion allows for optimum coverage of the seating area.
Before the dropped-down wood panels were installed, San Antonio Sound & Light mounted the VX 8s to the ceiling utilizing the supplied yoke loudspeaker mounts. The auditorium system is operated by a Crestron Control System tied into a nearby Media/Translation room. The Media/Translation room is also home to a BSS London processor that provides any additional processing required by each zone.
In addition to sound reinforcement, San Antonio Sound & Light installed three projection systems in the main auditorium that enjoy the convenience of motorized screens that can be utilized as needed – each of which are also controlled by the Crestron system.
The conference center also features three lecture halls and three classrooms – all which needed their own AV systems. San Antonio Sound & Light equipped each of the three lecture halls with eight Tannoy CVS 6 ceiling loudspeakers. The three classrooms were also equipped with four CVS 6 units distributed evenly throughout the rooms.
The compact, small footprint CVS 6 is a 6-inch full bandwidth blind mount model, specifically designed for applications requiring the combination of excellent sonic quality for music and speech reinforcement, exceptional reliability and most critically - affordability.
When the lecture and class rooms are being used for lecture purposes, pan tilt zoom cameras connected to Crestron HD video recorders provide a feed to the Media/Translation room for translation purposes.
“All in all it was an extremely successful project,” concludes Stevens. “The school is very pleased with the end result – we provided sonically superior systems that were easy to use and flexible enough for any purpose they could conceive of. In short, it was exactly what they were looking for.”