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morongo_1007.JPGCABAZON, CALIFORNIA – MAY 2009: Only a ninety-minute drive from Los Angeles, the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa ranks as one of the largest tribal gaming facilities in the nation. The $250 million facility boasts over 300 hotel rooms and suites, over 2,000 slots, over 100 table games, and five dining rooms – from buffet to food court to five-star dining. As the economy that swirls around Morongo pushed past the $1 billion mark, the resort’s successful governance became both complex and paramount.

With that in mind, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, who built and operate the facility, recently completed the new Morongo Administrative Complex. At its heart lies the Tribal Council Chamber, a 300-seat, state-of-the-art room that relies on sophisticated A/V technology to facilitate productive meetings. To effect the highest quality inputs, wired Sennheiser microphones populate the dais where the seven members of the Tribal Council and their five staffers sit, while wireless Sennheiser microphones rove through the audience area to make sure that everyone’s voice is heard with pristine clarity.

Neal Shaw of Menlo Scientific Acoustics, Inc., of Topanga, California, designed the A/V system, and Daryl Ballou of Muzak Systems Division, in Fort Mill, South Carolina, installed it. Each of the twelve individuals at the dais has a microphone and a monitor speaker. The chairman, clerk and the presenter have an AMX touch Screen for system control. Lectrosonics DSP with AMX touch screen control manages a mix-minus system and other A/V devices for the dais and audience video displays. Renkus-Heinz IC16 DSP-controlled line arrays provide audio coverage for the audience.

morongo_1005.JPGBecause the audio system would only be as good as the microphones that served as its primary inputs, Shaw specified twelve high-quality Sennheiser ME 35 electret-condenser capsules for Sennheiser MZH 3015 goosenecks on the dais. “Apart from the natural clarity of their transducers, Sennheiser ME 35 capsules were ideal because their super-cardioid pickup pattern maximized gain-before-feedback,” explained Ballou. “Those microphones, together with the overall integrity of the rest of the system, make for ideal sound reinforcement. It’s easy to forget a sound system is involved at all!”

Six wireless Sennheiser ew 135 G2 handheld microphones, with paired RF receivers, allow multiple presenters the freedom to move about the front of the room and the audience. It also allows for multiple audience microphones to be distributed so that it takes only a moment to get a microphone to someone with a question or comment. A Sennheiser AC2 RF antenna combiner solidifies reception.

“A lot of companies make RF products, and my usual cynical joke is that RF stands for ‘rarely functioning’,” laughed Ballou. “But Sennheiser’s equipment stands above the rest, with the sort of reliability that the tribe can rely on to help make multi-million dollar decisions about their facility. They started out with four ew 135 G2s and ordered two more.

“Altogether, the system rivals those found in the city council rooms of the country’s biggest cities,” he continued. “In addition to the stellar audio system, the room contains a twenty-foot projection screen and beautiful décor. It’s state-of-the-art, top to bottom.”

ABOUT SENNHEISER ELECTRONIC CORPORATION Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

For more information, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com


PHOTO CAPTION The 300-seat Tribal Council Chamber at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, designed by Neil Shaw of Menlo Scientific Acoustics, Inc. and installed by Daryl Ballou of Muzak Systems Division, selected twelve Sennheiser MZH 3015 gooseneck mics with ME 35 electret-condenser capsules and six ew 135 G2 wireless for the audio system.

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