Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School in Pine Plains, NY recently upgraded its AV capabilities utilizing a core of Ashly Audio amplification and control technologies.
“When you have a space that is truly the preeminent meeting and performance hall for a community, your primary concerns need to be that the system works well and is extremely intuitive to control,” says Thomas DePace of Advance Sound Company, the Farmingdale, NY firm that integrated the new system. “What we found in Ashly Audio was a system that confidently checks those boxes and brings with it a ton of flexibility.”
In total, the company integrated an Ashly NE24.24M with a Protea DSP audio matrix processor providing 12 inputs and 12 outputs, an Ashly NE24.24M with a Protea DSP audio matrix processor with four inputs and four outputs, an Ashly NXE1.52 network power amplifier providing two channels each delivering 1,500 watts at 2 Ohms, an Ashly NXE8004 network amplifier delivering four channels each providing 800 Watts at 2 Ohms, and an Ashly NE8800MM network-enabled Protea DSP offering eight inputs and eight outputs with two 4-channel mic cards.
“We’re using that full array of Ashly amplification to power multiple Danley speakers throughout the facility,” DePace says. “Everything from larger speakers across the main auditorium to monitors and stage fills. The Ashly setup also has a very nice way in which it allows for mixing the system. The NE8800MM, for example, is providing all of the auto-mixing. It’s a decent amount of gear, and yet it’s all tied together with the perfect control: the Ashly FR-8.”
The FR-8 is an Ethernet device that provides fader-based remote-level control for NE products with DSP capabilities. It controls up to eight user assigned inputs, outputs, or mixer outputs and can command multiple Ashly product lines.
“We were able to set it up so perfectly that I have no doubt that when the principal or custodian need to use the system it will be very easy for them to do so,” DePace adds. “When your customer is a small or medium-sized organization, having that confidence is a huge benefit.”
The system DePace integrates the Ashly devices with components from Crestron, Christie, Panasonic, Allen & Heath, Sennheiser, and Danley Sound Labs. “To use all of these manufacturers and recognize the core of it – from power to control – is Ashly is really impressive,” DePace concludes. “Honestly, this is the first time we used Ashly Audio solutions. After hearing and seeing how well it turned out, we know we’ll be using many more in the future.”