A virtual press conference from Sound & Video Contractor

Southern California High School Uses Shure Mics and Wireless Systems to Upgrade its Performing Arts Center

NILES, IL, May 3, 2011 — With the scarcity of land in southern California, the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) was thrilled to meet its need for a new high school by acquiring the satellite campus of the local community college. The crown jewel of the property was a 314-seat performing arts center known as The Forum.

“It’s a beautiful theater with a traditional proscenium and two small side stages that give it great flexibility. It has a long history of events staged by community groups, including small music festivals and theater productions,? notes Steve Holt, senior design manager for the school district. “But, when we acquired it…there was very little infrastructure. We felt it was important to develop its full potential as an asset for the entire school district and the community.?

The challenge was a big one. “Before this modernization, we had an old sound board and speakers,? notes Phil Mortensen, Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator for the school district. “We had no wireless, no comm system. We wanted the versatility to do a wide range of productions, including jazz, orchestral, choral, and theatrical, without using rental equipment.?

With a limited budget and short lead time, the school district engaged Time & Alarm Systems, a full-service integrator specializing in the education market based in nearby Mira Loma. “We’ve done a lot of work for the school district over the years, but nothing like this,? notes Keith Senn, the firm’s president. “With only six weeks before the first performance, it was critical to work with manufacturers that could give us the functionality and performance the venue needed, with absolute assurance of on-time, in-budget delivery. For wired mics and wireless systems, that meant Shure, without a doubt.?

Having conferred with Phil Mortensen on the range of applications to be accommodated, Keith Senn consulted with Shure to create a microphone package with the quality and versatility desired. “In addition to basic theater miking, we wanted to enhance solos during student music performances,? states Mortensen. “So we asked for application-specific mics to use on instruments like sax, trumpet and trombone, even piano. The Shure microphone package that Time and Alarm suggested meets all our needs and more. It’s a huge step up for us.?

Choral and theatrical productions are equally served by four MX202 choir mics, which are suspended from the ceiling. Similarly, a set of three MX393 cardioid boundary mics can cover acoustic jazz and theater, providing excellent coverage for the theater’s two small side stages. To cover a wide range of musical instruments, condenser microphones including the Beta 181 side-address mic and the end-firing KSM137 were specified. Finally, a set of classic SM58® and SM57 mics were brought in for their ability to step in wherever a specialty mic was not required.

To achieve professional results without breaking the budget, Time & Alarm specified six Shure ULX®-P wireless systems, each with handheld and bodypack transmitters for flexibility of use. The six half-rack receivers are housed in the control room at the back of the hall, along with two UA844 wideband antenna combiners fed from a pair of UA870 active directional antennas hung from the ceiling, stage left and stage right.

“Shure wireless has been absolutely flawless,? reports Mortensen. “There have been no interference issues, no dropouts, and the sound quality is top notch.? “It gives us the pro performance to meet the needs of visiting artists, and the ease of operation that’s so critical to have in a high school setting. Needless to say, we’re thrilled to have them.?

Project manager Steve Holt is similarly pleased with the project’s outcome. “This is a very flexible space that’s considered an asset for the entire community, not just the high school,? he notes. “In addition to our own music and drama programs, it’s used by theater companies in the summer, for elementary school graduations, and for small music festivals. To meet all those needs with just six weeks for planning, design, and installation, while staying within a fairly modest budget, is a real tribute to Keith Senn and his team at Time & Alarm Systems.?

Looking back on the experience, Senn credits his design team and the vendors they selected for the project’s success. “It was critical to select products that offer proven performance at reasonable prices,? he notes. “We knew that Shure wired mics and wireless systems would cover a wider range of theater and musical applications than any alternative. As a result, we were able to give Yorba Linda High School the performing arts center it envisioned.?

About Shure Incorporated

Founded in 1925, Shure Incorporated (www.shure.com) is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics. Over the years, the Company has designed and produced many high-quality professional and consumer audio products that have become legendary for performance, reliability, and value. Shure’s diverse product line includes world-class wired microphones, wireless microphones and in-ear personal monitor systems, headphones for performers, presenters and recordists, award-winning earphones and headsets for use with MP3 players and smart phones, and top-rated phonograph cartridges for professional DJs. Today, Shure products are the first choice whenever audio performance is a top priority.

Shure Incorporated corporate headquarters is located in Niles, Illinois, in the United States. The Company has additional manufacturing facilities and regional sales offices in China, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, The United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Denmark, and the United States.

# # #

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

Related Topics: News

MORE THAN 130 POWERSOFT AMPS AT CORE OF NEW BILLION DOLLAR SPORTS HUB IN SINGAPORE
Danvers Community Access TV Purchases FOR-A Portable Video Switcher as Part of HD Overhaul
Recipe for Success at City Winery Napa: Gourmet Food, Wine, and Meyer Sound
Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® to Give Friday’s Opening Keynote at AES137 Convention
Sound for Picture Track at the Upcoming 137th AES Convention in Los Angeles Offers Expertise of Film and TV Audio Professionals
New Biamp Systems White Paper Finds Communication Technologies Fall Short of Current Collaboration Demands
Cambridge Sound Management Announces Qt Room Control™
ESP/SurgeX Launches IP Power Diagnostic Tool
HARMAN’s Studer Introduces New MADI Card to Accompany D23 I/O System
Apple Invites Larry Fishman To Speak At Special Employee Presentation

About

Stay up to date on the latest technology news. Select press representatives post company news several times a day. Check back often to get the latest news on product releases, mergers and acquisitions, and product applications. To be included in this virtual press conference, please contact The Wire.

Calendar

May 2011
M T W T F S S
« Apr   Jun »
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031  

Your Account

Subscribe

Subscribe to RSS Feed

Subscribe to MyYahoo News Feed

Subscribe to Bloglines

Google Syndication