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Union Depot Restoration Features Advanced Sound Design

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UnionDepotSetupforBanquetSt. Paul, Minnesota – A recent renovation has restored St. Paul’s Union Depot to its original 1920s splendor while a new sound system with Community ENTASYS loudspeakers has brought intelligible voice announcements and clear sound reinforcement to the depot’s transit services and its many public events.

Originally completed in 1926, Union Depot served as many as 300 trains and 20,000 passengers each day. But, as passenger rail travel declined, the last train left the depot in 1971 and the historic structure became home to restaurants, offices, and condominiums. Now, after its renovation, the depot again serves both light and long-distance rail (Amtrak), local and intercity bus travel and automotive, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. In addition, the depot hosts concerts and art shows as well as banquets and other events.
As the building architect and engineer of record, HGA Architects and Engineers worked with the Ramsey County Regional Rail Authority (RCRRA), and the project engineers and construction companies to carefully restore the building’s beautiful interior which is finished in brick, plaster, marble and terrazzo. HGA’s Joe Wetternach, P.E., says the depot’s historic interior displays the best of 1920s architecture and craftsmanship but the large open spaces and hard surfaces produce “terrible acoustics”. And, due to Union Depot’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places, no acoustic treatment was allowed in the restoration.

Despite these challenges, one of the project’s goals was a sound system that would provide clear, intelligible voice paging for transit passengers and add important supplemental voice evacuation functions to the facility’s fire alarm. In addition, the system needed to offer sound reinforcement services for the frequent banquets, art shows and other events hosted by the depot. Finally, the system needed to have minimal visual impact on the newly restored interior.

Wetternach chose a distributed system design based on Community ENTASYS column line arrays placed along the walls and aimed into the public spaces. “The way to treat a problem like this is to not create a problem in the first place,” said Wetternach. He achieved this by placing double-stacked ENTASYS loudspeakers at the “people space” height which provides even coverage within ±3dB while keeping sound out of the high arched ceilings and minimizing reverberation. The result is a system that meets its intelligibility goals with clear announcements and natural sounding voice reinforcement for events. The ENTASYS loudspeakers were custom painted by Community to blend with the depot’s interior and were supplemented by Community CLOUD4 ceiling loudspeakers in low-ceiling areas and I/O-5 surface-mount loudspeakers in outdoor areas. “We really honed in on the ENTASYS,” said Wetternach, “for this project, it provided just the right balance of performance to value.”

A Biamp Vocia system provides DSP, mixing, zoning and amplification and includes ambient noise compensation to maintain a suitable system level with varying crowd and transit noise. The Vocia also provides fault monitoring and an interface to the facility fire alarm for use in voice evacuation.
Since its restoration, Union Depot has become a big success in the life of the city of St. Paul. Supported by its sound system, the depot’s transportation services and its growing list of concerts, art shows and other events will continue to add to this success.

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New Audio System Adds Excitement at Yager Stadium

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YagerStadiumScoreboardOxford, Ohio – With the success of its football program, Miami University began a series of upgrades to Yager Stadium in 2003. The improvements to the 24,286 capacity venue included a new artificial turf playing surface, a broadcast-quality field lighting system and a large screen video scoreboard.

However, the existing stadium sound system was retained, forcing RedHawks football fans to endure inconsistent coverage and poor music quality. For several seasons, the university supplemented the system with rental equipment from integrator Loud and Clear. But, in 2014, they asked Loud and Clear’s Eric Cimini to provide a completely new installed system to eliminate the need for rental equipment, provide uniform coverage and enhance the fan experience with better musical performance.

During system planning, the university considered a distributed system but decided to stay with the existing end-firing scoreboard design to utilize existing wiring and avoid the cost of stadium structural changes needed for a distributed system.

The new scoreboard system uses two Community R2-52 and ten R2-64MAX loudspeakers to cover the stands and the field. Three R6-Basshorn woofers provide long-throw LF coverage and six VLF218 subwoofers, which are rolled out below the scoreboard during games, supplement the LF performance for music. Community R.5 and R.25 loudspeakers provide coverage beneath the stands, in restrooms and in the concessions area.

The system is powered by Crown iTech amplifiers and utilizes a Peavey Media Matrix for mixing and primary DSP functions. Loud and Clear added an Audio-Technica wireless lapel microphone for field use and a pair of Community dSPEC DSP processors for zoning and loudspeaker management. The dSPEC zoning also allows loudspeakers covering the field or the stands to be muted during practice.

Cimini says system commissioning went well and the completed system provides uniform coverage all the way from nearby stands to the far end zone seating. When the system was first turned on, the university’s athletic director was amazed at the clarity and quality of the sound. Cimini adds, “The volume from the Community R2-MAX loudspeakers is mind-boggling and the system has amazing clarity at these sound levels.”

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Leading Edge Audio System Provides Quality and Reliability for Bialystok’s World Class Stadium

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BialystokcityStadium2Białystok City Stadium is located in the largest city in Northeastern Poland and the capital of the Podlaskie Voivodeship. The stadium has undergone major redevelopment and substantial new construction and now meets the highest world standards for modern sports facilities. The new 360 degree grandstand boasts a capacity of 22,400 and the venue also incorporates conference rooms, a VIP room, a restaurant area and a shop for fans of the local football team.

The sound system was designed by Tommex Żebrowscy Sp. J. and installed by Zeto S.A.. The system is based on Community loudspeakers and Dynacord electronics. Białystok-based integrator Zeto S.A. completed the installation in time for the opening of the modernized venue which took place in July 2014. Zeto’s Zbigniew Kaczmarczyk was project manager for the installation.

The main system is housed in the commentary room and linked to four separate amplifier rooms. The audio signal is transmitted over the stadium’s network using the DANTE protocol and is triple redundant, with two fiber rings and a turbo function ring. It is the largest system based on the DANTE protocol operating in any stadium in Poland.

The system uses a Dynacord CMS 2200-3 audio mixer, 16 x 16 DSP equipped digital control matrix and a DPM 8016 digital matrix manager. The audio matrix is 32 × 32 and handled by Dynacord’s P 64 digital audio matrix units. By using the IRIS-Net network, each element of the system is continuously monitored and all operations are controlled via a Dell all-in-one touch-screen PC.

A DPC 8015 microphone, located on the Events Security Commander desk, has full priority over other audio signals, enabling the effective communication of voice messages in the event of non-standard events.

The main loudspeaker system comprises forty-eight Community R2-474’s and three R2-52’s. The combination provides the dispersion patterns required for complete coverage of the stadium’s 360-degree grandstand. In addition, thirty-eight R.25-94’s and forty-one R.5-99’s provide audio for the stadium’s internal promenades and public areas around the building.

Twenty Dynacord DSA 8410 4-channel amplifiers provide a total of 80kW to power the Community loudspeaker systems.

Marcin Zimny of Tommex commented, “Visitors to Białystok City Stadium will not only enjoy their sports with great audio quality, but they can also be assured that their safety is our primary concern with reliability being a fundamental consideration in the design and every component of the system.”

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Club Red Patrons Enjoy Live Hockey and Great AV

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ClubRedBarandLoungeElegant Club Features Center-Ice Seats for Panthers Games and Community D SERIES Loudspeakers

Described as “South Florida’s hottest club”, Club Red by Stoli is an elegant nightclub located at center ice inside the BB&T Arena, home of the Florida Panthers hockey team.

Club Red’s fashionable environment, its excellent cuisine and its premium event seating are complemented by a club-wide, multi-purpose AV system designed and installed by ICOR International Systems of Doral, Florida. Club Red’s AV system provides live Panthers play-by-play hockey coverage, six news and sports channels and video playback and sound reinforcement for press conferences, presentations and private meetings in the club’s large multi-purpose room. The BB&T Arena also hosts concerts and audio and video from these events may be routed through the club’s AV system.

To provide coverage throughout the club’s 12,000 square foot space, ICOR installed twenty-five large screen video displays, a 2-wide by 4-tall video wall and sixty-six Community D5 ceiling loudspeakers. Bill Craig, ICOR Vice President, says “we prefer the Community D Series ceiling speakers for projects like Club Red. They have wide, smooth dispersion, plenty of output power, clear voice for the sports feeds and great musical sound quality for concerts and private events.”

Club Red’s loudspeakers are powered by QSC amplifiers and a Symetrix DSP provides signal processing and audio mixing. Video sources are routed by a Crestron system and the entire AV system is controlled from a 17-inch Crestron touch-panel display. ICOR also provided an assistive listening system and wireless microphones for press conferences and private presentations.

Club RED is now more than 80-percent sold out and continues to receive rave reviews for its elegant design and ambiance, its 4-star cuisine and its exclusive center-ice seating for sports and concerts. The club’s great AV system brings the live experience of Panthers hockey and concert events into the club and provides great audio and video for press conferences and private meetings.

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Audio Enhances the Experience at Cypress Mountain Resort

Cypress Mountain is a world-class resort for all forms of winter sports and leisure. Located just outside Vancouver on Canada’s west coast, it was also host to the freestyle skiing and snowboarding events of the 2010 Winter Olympics.Cypress

Allstar Pacific Integration Media Solutions based in Vancouver was asked to find an audio system solution for the Patio Ski and Snowboard Park at Cypress Mountain. As the weather can include sub-zero temperatures, heavy snow, rain and direct sunlight, all within a 24-hour period, careful consideration had to be taken to find loudspeakers that could withstand these extreme conditions and ensure good performance for both music and speech applications.

After detailed evaluation, Myk Shaflik, Allstar Pacific’s System Engineer, felt the Community R.5-99 was the best fit, both from a performance perspective as well as ease of installation. Designed for high power music and speech, the two-way, 12-inch coaxial R.5-99 provides full-range audio with 90 x 90-degree dispersion. The system is sponsored by Skullcandy who wanted to use the product as a vehicle for advertising the brand. Allstar carefully added the Skullcandy logo to the grilles of the loudspeakers, ensuring the look that both the client and sponsor appreciated.

A single pair of R.5’s was used to achieve complete coverage of the park. With the ability of the audio to travel far up both sides of the main ski areas on the mountain, the loudspeakers provided the quality, clarity and coverage that Myk Shaflik wanted. The loudspeakers are powered by QSC RMX series amplifiers and a portable rack located in the power house allows for multiple applications from daily program music to competition reinforcement, with quick and easy setup.

Andrew George, Terrain Park Manager at Cypress Mountain, commented, “Having the opportunity to partner with leading edge sound companies such as Skullcandy and Allstar Pacific in bringing music to our terrain parks has been a fantastic experience. From events to our daily operations, our customers will agree that skiing and snowboarding is even more fun with a soundtrack.”

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Providing Consistent Sound in Diverse Environments

Fargo, North Dakota –Frequent referrals from existing customers helps integrator Site on Sound win a wide variety of AV system projects. Recently, the company provided systems for four businesses located in BoerthsArtGalleryBoilerRoomBarFargo’s historic Loretta Building. And, using a combination of good system design and appropriate product choices, Site on Sound was able to meet each customer’s needs while delivering consistently high quality sound in these four unique environments.

One of these businesses was ”Boerth’s Gallery”, an established Fargo art and framing gallery that includes a two-story wine bar, called “D’Vine”. For the wine bar, Site on Sound installed a foreground music system that offers patrons an upscale jazz and rock experience. This system consists of ten Community DS5 surface-mount loudspeakers driven by a Speco matrix mixer/amplifier and includes a CD player with a 3.5mm input.

Boerth’s Gallery itself received a background music system that creates an atmosphere to support the gallery’s unique collection of works from local artists. This system consists of four Community DP6 pendant loudspeakers suspended below the gallery’s open ceiling and a mixer/amplifier with a streaming music source.

Another of the four businesses was “Pinch & Pour/Fowlers Heritage”, a clothing boutique that also sells premium extra virgin olive oils and Italian balsamics. Pinch & Pour’s new system consists of five Community DA6 architectural surface-mount loudspeakers and a Crown 280MA amplifier with a streaming music source. The system helps enhance the buying experience for customers of this unique business.

The largest of the four businesses was the “Boiler Room”, a bar and restaurant featuring live music. The Boiler Room’s new system includes ten Community DP6 pendant loudspeakers for its open-ceiling restaurant space, four DA6 architectural surface-mount loudspeakers in the bar area, a pair of D6 ceiling speakers in the restrooms and two DS8 surface-mount loudspeakers for the outside patio. The system is managed by a RANE CP66 six zone processor, includes two large-screen televisions and is powered by a QSC CX204 amplifier. For the Boiler Room’s live music, Site on Sound included a Shure GLXD24/SM58 wireless mic and a small Yamaha mixer that allows live acts to connect to the system.

Site on Sound provides AV systems for area churches, restaurants and retail businesses as well as home and marine customers. The company also installs car audio systems, offers AV rentals and has a retail store. Site on Sound Installation Manager, Scott Tally, says his company’s experience with this wide variety of customers prepared them to meet the unique requirements of these four businesses. He chose Community’s D SERIES loudspeaker family for all four projects because of its wide choice of models, sizes and form factors and its ability to provide a consistently high-quality audio experience in diverse environments like these.

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Community Upgrades the Fan Experience at Troy Fair

New Sound System Serves Troy Fair Events and High-School Sports

Billed as the “Largest Event in Bradford County”, the 139th Troy Fair opened July 21, 2014 with a new grandstands sound system provided by Gelnett and Associates of Northumberland, Pennsylvania and based on Community R Series loudspeakers.

The new system replaces a 1970s-era paging horn system that was inadequate for modern fair events and had prompted 2013’s tractor pull announcer to complain, “We’re not coming back unless you fix this!”

After interviewing several integrators, the Troy Fair board chose Gelnett and Associates to provide their new system. Gelnett President, Scott Gelnett reports that the fair board was very impressed during the on-site demo and knew this was the system for them.

The new system consists of two clusters of four Community R.5HPT loudspeakers covering the fans in the grandstands and three R2-52 loudspeakers covering the left, center and right field areas. The system is powered by DSP-equipped Crown amplifiers and features a Biamp 601 mixer and Tascam CD200i CD player with iPod input.

Gelnett provided an Audix headworn announcer’s mic and a handheld mic for a second announcer in the press booth. They also provided an Audix wireless headworn and a handheld wireless mic for use from the field. The press booth, which hangs below the grandstands roof, is difficult to access.

For this reason, Gelnett provided a remote volume control in a utility room below the grandstands for events with field announcements. However, Scott Gelnett says the microphones seldom need adjustment and he reports that he did “very little tweaking” on the R Series loudspeakers during system commissioning.

The fairgrounds are used for Troy High-School football, the Endless Mountain Maple Festival, and other sporting events as well as the yearly Troy Fair so the new grandstands sound system will benefit Troy audiences all year long. Gelnett and Associates has also updated other areas of the fairgrounds including exhibit halls and the cattle barn areas, and the small arena. Regarding the new grandstands system, Scott Gelnett thanks his staff of Gary Young, Project Manager; Keith Hummel, Installation Foreman; and David Shumaker, DSP Programmer and says “we’ve set a new standard in our area.”

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Novant Health BMX Opens with Winning Sound

Novant Health BMX Supercross Track with RacersThe East Coast’s Only Olympic-Calibre BMX Supercross Track Hosts UCI Calibre Races and Training

As the East Coast’s first Olympic-calibre BMX track, Novant Health BMX in Rock Hill, South Carolina, offers national and world-level BMX racing events. In 2015, Novant will host the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Finals. This race will serve as the main qualification event for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The track has both an amateur and an elite supercross start hill as well as a pump track and offers amateur events and training. These features are expected to help Novant attract a large sports-tourism crowd.

During the planning stages, the city of Rock Hill contacted Butch Bailey and Keith Ludlam of B&K Pro Audio and Lighting to design an audio system for the track. The city wanted clear voice paging and high-quality music covering the entire venue which extends over several acres.

To meet these needs, B&K designed a system using Community’s R SERIES loudspeakers powered by Ashly KLR amplifiers and managed by an Ashly Protea Speaker Processor. They completed the system with a Behringer Ultra-Zone mixer, a Tascam CD player and Audio Technica 3000 Series wireless microphones.

B&K installed the loudspeakers on the track’s welcome sign and in other supporting locations. They aimed a pair of Community R.5 loudspeakers at the BMX track, a second pair at the pump track and a single R.5 at the starting ramp. They added a pair of higher-power R2-94 loudspeakers to cover the bleachers and a single R2-77 for a large overflow area. Announcements are made from the starting ramp although the city plans to add an announcement booth on the bleachers.

Novant Health BMX celebrated its Grand Opening on Saturday, August 23, 2014 and Bailey says the new audio system exceeded the city’s expectations. The Rock Hill Herald reported that the event attracted an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 2000 people including seven top professional racers and a three-time national champion.

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Dancefloor Provides New Audio Standard for Znojmo’s Sports Venues

Dancefloor, s.r.o. has recently completed the installation of Community loudspeaker based audio systems in two venues for the town of Znojmo, located in the South Moravian Region of the Czech Republic close to the Austrian border.

The first venue completed by Dancefloor was the Winter Stadium, the 6,000+ seat capacity home of the Orli Znojmo hockey club. The Winter Stadium is also used for international matches, hockey camps, figure skating training sessions and competitions, skating courses and public skating, but had long suffered with poor sound levels and intelligibility, lacking the ability to inform and involve visitors and produce an exciting atmosphere for events.

Libor Klemenc, Dancefloor’s Managing Director, explained the choice of loudspeakers, “For high intelligibility and overall sound quality we chose Community R.5 12-inch, two-way loudspeakers. Sixteen R.5s were required and we used a combination of 60 x 60 degree and 90 x 40 degree versions to give us perfect coverage. The R.5 is both compact and discreet. Engineered for all-weather applications, it is also ideal for the environmental conditions of an ice venue.” Klemenc continued, “With an MC2 Audio Ti1048 integrated audio management system providing delay and equalization, and the audio dynamics maintained by four MC2 Audio T1500 amplifiers, we achieved excellent speech intelligibility, which was a primary requirement of the venue.”

Multipurpose use of the venue was also an important factor which has been elegantly addressed in Dancefloor’s system design. Via the menu on the processor, the operator can simply choose from pre-set modes according to the event; hockey match, public skating, training, social event and so on. The system can additionally be controlled from two separate locations. Prime events and hockey games are operated from the main control booth using a Dateq Onyx mixer, whilst public skating, skating courses and other social events can be controlled from the rink side penalty timekeeper box using a Cortex MIX-R1U mixer. The system also provides control from both locations simultaneously as, for example, may be required during a hockey game where the main booth is used by commentators and the penalty box for reporting penalties. Additionally, a Shure SLX24E/SM58-P handheld wireless system enables live commentary to be made from any location in the stadium.

With the substantial improvement in audio quality at the Winter Stadium, the Znojmo authorities commissioned Dancefloor to provide an equally high performance system for the town’s nearby Sports Hall. The Znojmo Sports Hall is a complex used mainly for indoor sports including basketball, floorball, futsal, handball and rhythmic gymnastics clubs.

“With the Winter Stadium system so highly rated by its operators and visitors alike, we used the same basic formula for the Sports Hall, but designed it to precisely meet the use, layout and acoustics of the venue,” said Klemenc.

For optimum coverage of the Sports Hall, Dancefloor used a combination of Community R.5 and R.25 loudspeakers, both with 90 x 40 degree format. A Community dSPEC226 Networked Loudspeaker Processor provides delay and equalization and MC2 Audio T1500 and T1000 amplifiers are used to power the Community loudspeakers. The combination again provided the high intelligibility and dynamic audio quality the venue required. As with the Winter Stadium, Dancefloor provided pre-sets on the dSPEC226 to enable the operator to simply select the mode required for the event, including match, training, social event and so on. The Sports Hall audio system is also controlled via a Dateq Onyx mixer from the timekeeper’s location, with a Shure SLX24E/SM58-P handheld wireless system enabling live commentary from any location in the hall.

Dancefloor employed acoustic CAD modelling for both venues to verify the designs before tender and both installations were completed to the highest standards using Klotz cables and Neutrik connectors. Entertainment requirements in both venues are met with Gemini CDMP-1400 CD/MP3/USB players.

“The new systems have transformed both venues,” said Klemenc. “The audio is loud and clear throughout, so that operators and commentators can focus on content and spectators can enjoy much greater involvement.“

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Cardinal O’Hara Gets New Stadium Sound

Philadelphia-Area High School Replaces Outdated Paging Horn System

Cardinal O’Hara, a Catholic High School in Springfield, PA, is known for the excellence of its sports, music and academic programs. As the only Philadelphia Catholic League school with a home football stadium on school premises, Cardinal O’Hara’s Lions Stadium has large home and visitors bleachers, an enclosed press box, an artificial turf field and a modern track.

In 2012 Cardinal O’Hara added outdoor lighting for night games and, recently, they replaced an outdated paging horn system with a new audio system using Community R-Series Loudspeakers.

Designed and installed by Tony Albano of Naamans Creek AV in Avondale, PA, the system uses three Community R.5 loudspeakers and one Community R.25 loudspeaker. Two of the R.5s are installed at the outside corners of the press box to cover the left and right sections of the home bleachers and a third is installed on a lighting pole behind the press box to cover the visitors’ bleachers. The single R.25 covers the center section of the home bleachers from the front of the press box. Albano says he could have installed all three of the R.5s on the lighting pole but he wanted to avoid high SPL levels on top of the press box where the videographers stand. His design covers all of the audience areas well including a standing area in front of the home bleachers.

For electronics, Albano chose a Rolls mixer and a CTS 4-channel amplifier. He installed a push-to-talk mic in the press box, provided a wireless mic for field announcements and installed a 3.5mm input for portable music players. A Community dSPEC DSP provides loudspeaker management and system equalization. Albano added a switch that reprograms the DSP to turn off the R.5 covering the visitor’s bleachers. This minimizes feedback and delay issues during field announcing. The entire electronics system was installed in a portable electronics rack which can be removed between events for security.

Albano says Cardinal O’Hara’s Lions fans love the new audio system. The sound level is very even throughout the audience areas, announcements are clear and music sounds great.

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