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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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Entertainment Quality Audio System for New Debrecen Stadium


Interton Ltd has designed and installed a Community loudspeaker sound system for the new Nagyerdei Stadion in Debrecen, Hungary. An all-seated football stadium, Nagyerdei has a 20,340 capacity, making it the third largest capacity Hungarian football stadium and the second largest Hungarian League stadium.

Home to the Debreceni Vasutas Sport Club, Nagyerdei Stadion was opened on 1 May 2014 and the first official match was played between Debrecen and Újpest, which ended with a 3-1 victory for the host team. As well as hosting Debreceni VSC games, the stadium will host matches for the Hungarian national football team. The ground also incorporates conference and banqueting suites and has a club shop selling Debrecen merchandise.

Zoltán Horváth, chief engineer of Interton Ltd, explained the basis for the system design, “Community loudspeakers are our first choice for stadium systems, and we have completed many successful projects with R SERIES. The brief for Nagyerdei, in addition to good speech intelligibility, was for discrete styling and high quality music, so the obvious choice was the weather-resistant version of the iHP-1596 from the iBOX SERIES, which provided the power, wide frequency response and aesthetics the client wanted. An EASE simulation was carried out to confirm the design would meet the required criteria.”

The audio system network is provided by a Q-SYS system, with one Core250i and the required number of I/O Frames. The main arena sound system uses four I/O Frames and twenty-eight PLX3102 amplifiers, located in four rack rooms. These amplifiers drive fifty-three Community iHP-1596WR loudspeakers, mounted below the outside edge of the canopy and providing sound to the 360-degree grandstand and to the playing field. The iHP-1596WR is a premium quality large-format 15-inch full-range loudspeaker system with 90 x 60 degree coverage. “The results are impressive,” comments Horváth. “It’s a really nice sounding system with great SPL to inform and entertain a capacity crowd.”

In addition to the main arena PA, Interton designed and installed the audio systems for the venue’s main buildings and studio and also supplied a mobile conference system. Interton additionally installed the scoreboards and the perimeter display, the video distribution system and more than 100 LCD displays. Audio and video distribution are Ethernet based using the stadium’s LAN.

An inauguration ceremony was held for the opening of Nagyerdei Stadion by Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán. After sanctification by leaders of both the Roman Catholic Church and the Greek Catholic Church, singers including Lou Bega, Viktor Király, Ildikó Kersztes, Gigi Radić and Erika Miklósa entertained the audience at the celebration.

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Diggerland Offers Great Fun with Great Sound

Unique Attraction Features Construction Site Theme and Community Loudspeaker System

Spellcaster’s Mike Shafer says “looking at the vast areas I had to cover outdoors, I immediately thought of R Series.” He chose R.15COAX loudspeakers for the outdoor short-throw, fill and walkway areas and R.35-3896 three-way loudspeakers for the long-throw applications.

Diggerland USA’s indoor spaces have dropped ceilings with very little space between the ceiling and the roof deck. Shafer used Community’s D4LP four-inch, low-profile ceiling loudspeakers which fit in the restricted space and left room for wiring. For the covered open-area spaces such as the games arcade, he used Community’s DP6 pendant loudspeakers which brought the sound down below the ceiling beams and vibration isolated the loudspeakers from the metal roof. The overall park loudspeaker system is a 70-volt distributed design that used over 12,000 feet of speaker cable.

Spellcaster used Ashly amplifiers and an Ashly NE24.24M DSP to manage the park audio systems. They added a park-wide Wi-Fi system that allows Diggerland USA technical personnel to adjust the audio systems from any point in the park with an iPad. Spellcaster also integrated the audio system with the park’s CCTV cameras and security systems.

Diggerland USA plays music and advertising messages over their audio system with a live DJ for special events. Paging is available from any park telephone and Shure wireless mics are available for parties and other special events. Spellcaster’s Shafer says, “the park’s audio systems are everything we expected. The music sounds great and the voice paging is loud and clear.”

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St. John Church Gains Intelligibility with New Sound System

Completed in 1837, St. John the Evangelist is a historic Catholic Church in Frederick, Maryland with a Grecian ionic design and a cruciform floor plan. The church has carpeted floors but its spacious marble and plaster interior and hardwood pews create major challenges for voice intelligibility.

St. John’s existing sound system had poor intelligibility and coverage and a recurring feedback issue. In 2011, Eric Johnson of Audio Video Group offered St. John’s a new system using Community’s ENTASYS column line-source loudspeaker system. Johnson performed a live demonstration that showed his design could provide intelligible sound with even coverage while minimizing audio feedback.

St. John’s new system has an ENTASYS ENT-FR full-range column and an ENT-LF low-frequency column on each side of the chancel tilted slightly downwards to avoid rear-wall echoes.

The left and right transepts and the rear of the church are covered by ENT206s. A pair of ENT203s provides coverage for the balcony and choir loft. Johnson used an Earthworks gooseneck mic on the ambo and lectern and provided Shure wireless mics for the priests. St. John’s system uses a Biamp AUDIA FLEX for automatic mixing, loudspeaker delay and system equalization and Lab Gruppen power amplifiers. A small mixer in the balcony blends choir soloists and guitars into the service.

St. John’s is very pleased with their new system’s intelligibility and coverage and its lack of feedback. Soon after the system was installed, a senior gentleman attending Mass asked the priest to please not change anything because this was the first time in a long time that he could clearly hear what was being said!

Community Launches New Brand Identity

Audio pioneer Community Professional Loudspeakers unveiled its new corporate brand identity at InfoComm last month. Community’s booth and demo room showcased the new look of the brand while I SERIES, a family of premium point source loudspeakers launched at the show, signaled a bold new direction for the company’s product design language.

Founded in 1968, Community has an impressive record of innovation and longevity and the company continues to reinvent itself in response to changing customer needs, global market forces and technical advances in the industry. The new brand identity and product design language are key elements of a branding initiative which reinforces Community’s focus on the installation markets and its commitment to innovative product design.

“The revised corporate identity is a vibrant and engaging new expression of the Community brand legacy – past, present and future,” explained Steve Johnson, Community’s CEO. “The design of our new symbol and logotype suggest precision and elegance, two important attributes of our products and engineering.”

Johnson described how the company’s branding initiative guided the development of Community’s newest product, the I SERIES premium high-power installation loudspeakers. “The forward-thinking design of I SERIES demonstrates the kind of fresh and contemporary industrial design you’ll see in future products from Community. And,” he continued, “its installed-system focus, including some very clever rigging hardware, evidences our commitment to our core customers.”

Johnson summarized in this way, “Community’s brand has always been highly respected throughout the pro audio industry. With this new corporate brand identity, we’re modernizing the way we present our company to the world while building on our past strengths and renewing our commitment to our customers.”

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Community Provides the Sound for Tokyo’s Most Famous Square

Hachiko Square, sometimes called Hachiko Plaza, is probably the busiest and best-known meeting place in Tokyo. Named in honour of the famous statue of the “Faithful Dog Hachiko,” it is fenced in by a department store, two train stations and the well-known Shibuya pedestrian scramble crossing that is reputed to be the busiest in the world.

The plaza is usually teeming with people, especially during evenings and weekends. It is a prime people-watching spot and a very popular meeting place. Most people, locals and tourists alike, gravitate toward the bronzed Akita Inu statue referred to as Hachi or Hachiko. The original statue was erected in 1934 to honour the dog who met his master, Professor Ueno Hidesaburo, every day at the station after work. When Professor Ueno died in 1925 and did not return, Hachiko continued to wait for him daily for the next nine years, appearing exactly when the train was due. The story continues to be told and the 2.4 million people who use Shibuya Station pass by the bronze dog each day.

As with many of the world’s great cities, such a location provides the perfect advertising opportunity and the professional sound company, Katoya Recording Service, was commissioned to provide sound for a 24.3 x 17.3 meter LED screen, which is mounted on a roof overlooking the intersection.

Mr Katoya, Managing Director of Katoya Recording Service, explained the choice of loudspeakers, “To provide high quality and intelligibility within a defined area at such a distance required high power loudspeakers with exceptional control. We chose two Community R.5-66T’s, with 60×60 degree dispersion for the main area, and an R.5-HPT with 60×40 dispersion to focus on the distant crossroads. They deliver the sound clearly to the areas where the displays are seen, but do not create a noise problem with spillage.”

A Powersoft M30D HDSP+ETH was chosen to drive the Community loudspeakers, for its power, audio quality and the on-board DSP it provides.

With R SERIES’ proven all-weather capabilities, Katoya Recording Service has provided a system with the quality and reliability the application required, and a system that will be heard by countless millions for many years to come.

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Ocean’s Ten Club Has Great Sound on Miami Beach

Ocean’s Ten is a popular night club and tourist destination in Miami Beach, Florida with indoor and outdoor dining areas, live music and DJs and a great location on the beach front.

Ocean’s Ten is known for its high-quality entertainment with live bands and DJs. Unfortunately, the audio in Ocean’s Ten outdoor dining area wasn’t up to the quality standards of their indoor areas. In addition, the outdoor loudspeakers had deteriorated from continuous exposure to the beach-front, salt-air environment.

Last year, Ocean’s Ten asked James Reed and Michael Callahan of Audio Video Lighting Innovations (AVLI) in Miami to propose a new loudspeaker system that would survive the salt air while providing high-quality audio for its outdoor dining area customers. AVL Innovations had installed the club’s indoor system and understood their commitment to high-quality sound. Reed recommended Community’s WET loudspeakers because he knew they would meet the club’s high standards while surviving the beach-front environment.

Ocean’s Ten new outdoor system consists of six Community W2-2W8 loudspeakers in a distributed array along Ocean’s Ten sidewalk dining area. The W2-2W8s provide full-range, high-quality sound with wide, smooth dispersion and their white color complements the club’s outdoor décor. The new loudspeakers are powered by a Lab Gruppen power amplifier and the system includes a Biamp Nexia DSP for loudspeaker management and system equalization.

Reed says the club is very happy with their new outdoor loudspeaker system and he added, “it sounds fantastic out there!”

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Community Delivers Great Sound for New Ice Hockey World Championship Arena in Belarus

Art Ramos Studio a.l.c., Community’s partner in Belarus, has recently overseen the installation of the audio systems at the Chizhovka-Arena in Minsk, featuring Community loudspeakers. The arena, one of the largest sports facilities in Belarus, is a multipurpose complex for ice hockey, sports, leisure and entertainment and is the home ground of HC Yunost-Minsk.

Chizhovka-Arena was built for the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Ice Hockey World Championship that took place in Minsk in May 2014. In addition to the tens of thousands of fans that traveled to see the event live, the IIHF’s flagship event was televised to 115 countries with television audience around the 1,000 million mark.

Chizhovka-Arena is located in the southeastern part of Minsk in a picturesque nook of a park named after the 900th anniversary of the city. Designed by Marat Grodnikov, the arena resembles two drops of water flowing into each other. The modern design fits well into the landscape of the Chizhovka Water Reservoir.

The main building, an ice hockey arena with multipurpose use for concerts, basketball and other events, seats 10,000. The second building consists of a small ice hockey training arena with 500 seats and a multipurpose sports hall with 740 seats, used for basketball, handball, gymnastics and other sports. This sports hall is also frequently used by television companies for filming TV shows. The two buildings are connected by a junction with conference and press rooms, shops, restaurants and cafés.

An original proposal was modified with a system design by Art Ramos Studio engineers, Alexey Sayganov and Alexandr Malets and the project was awarded by tender, complying with the obligatory procedure for all governmental purchases. Anton Streltsov, Deputy Director of Art Ramos Studio, commented, “Our proposal was chosen as it offered excellent value to the customer and met the requirements of the arena with a very modern approach.” The installation was handled by BelElectroMontazh, with supervision and support from Art Ramos Studio.

Throughout the complex the system uses two hundred and thirty-eight Community Distributed Design Series ceiling loudspeakers and four hundred and thirty-two Distributed Design surface-mount loudspeakers, supplied in a combination of black and white finishes to best complement their locations. In addition, eight Community R.5HP three-way coaxial, 12-inch loudspeakers were used to cover the ice hockey pitch in the main arena.

All loudspeakers are part of the EVAC/fire alarm system, for which separate certification was made in Belarus. The loudspeaker lines and loudspeakers are all controlled by QSC Q-SYS which monitors for loudspeaker, cable and short circuit faults.

Five separate Q-SYS systems are used to cover all areas of the complex, including the large arena seating, corridors, foyers, halls, cafés and restaurants, the small arena’s ice hockey area, the small arena’s sports hall, the small arena’s corridors, foyers and halls and the junction between the two arenas. The system includes a DiGiCo SD11 mixer, QSC amplifiers and Beyerdynamic microphones.

Anton Streltsov concluded, “Our team was extremely satisfied with the system’s results. With Community we know we can always deliver outstanding sound quality and reliability. Our engineers were particularly impressed by the uniformity of the SPL we achieved on the ice hockey pitch using R.5HP speakers, which is really important as players move so fast under adjacent loudspeakers. It was the best result of any similar installation.”

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