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Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Upgrades Multi-Purpose Gym Sound System

An award-winning* Roman Catholic elementary (K-8) school located in Springhouse, Pennsylvania, Gwynedd-Mercy Academy has a large, well-designed gymnasium to supports its physical education classes and sports events, drama and musical performances, worship services and other school activities.

The gymnasium has a theatrical stage and versatile activity and seating space. However, the gym’s sound system was always a challenge. The school’s activities had outgrown the capabilities of the system and its coverage and sound quality were poor. To compensate, users would turn up the volume causing feedback and intensifying reverberation. Because of these issues, the school often rented a sound system. The scheduling and cost of these rentals complicated event planning.

Sal Scinto, a music teacher at Gwynedd-Mercy Academy also runs the theater program. In mid-2013, the school’s principal, Sister Anne Crampsie, asked Scinto to research and propose a new sound system. Through a referral from another school, Scinto contacted Tony Albano of Naaman’s AV in Avondale, PA. Scinto and Albano designed a versatile new sound system for the gym using Community VERIS2 and R-Series loudspeakers. The system uses two rows of R.5 loudspeakers distributed over the bleachers and the gym floor and a pair of V2-35 3-way loudspeakers above the stage opening for front fill. A V2-215S subwoofer can be quickly connected to the system for musical events.

For theatrical and musical performances, Albano provided a Soundcraft digital mixer and Shure wireless microphones. He added a Community dSPEC DSP processor for system equalization and configuration. For less complex events, users can bypass the digital mixer and operate the system from simple controls in the equipment rack. In addition, the system can be subdivided. For sports and other events that do not utilize the stage, the front loudspeakers and subwoofer are turned off. For on-screen presentations and similar events, the distributed loudspeakers are turned off and the system uses only the front loudspeakers and sub.

Because of this versatility, Scinto says Gwynedd-Mercy Academy no longer needs to rent a system for theatrical or musical performances and everyone’s expectations were satisfied. Scinto added, “the sound quality is excellent, and the response from the speakers is very full and clear.”

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