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New Advanced Audio for FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships

Lillehammer Norway – Hafjell, Norway is hosting the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships this winter and, with the original sound system installed 20 years ago for the Lillehammer Winter Olympics, the Hafjell Nationalanlegg decided a new system was required. The investment is part of a major overall upgrade of the national slalom slope, financed by the Norwegian government.

Hafjell is located just north of Lillehammer and is one of Norway’s largest ski areas, with a starting point 1030 meters above sea level and a vertical drop of 835 meters. During the Winter Olympics in 1994 it was the venue for the slalom and giant slalom events and is now the national arena and training facility for these disciplines. Following the Olympics, the resort was further developed and currently consists of 30 trails serviced by a cable car, 3 chair lifts and 11 ski lifts. Hafjell and its co-owned neighboring venue together form the largest ski resort in Norway with 73 km of runs.

Design of the new system was handled by Bjørn Fjeld of Norsk Lydteknikk AS and the installation was completed by Lillehammer-based Østbye og Sletmoen. The new system was specified to be designed for the highest quality for speech and music with the possibility of future expansion in mind. With these requirements, the Symetrix Radius was chosen for its studio sound quality and Dante network compatibility. “We chose Community R SERIES loudspeakers based on many years of experience using them on ski slopes across Norway,” said Fjeld. “They provide outstanding audio quality and unequalled reliability in this type of environment. The coverage patterns and throw are also excellent, and critical for accurately covering large outdoor areas.”

Community’s digital FIR filters are programmed into the loudspeaker management module of the Symetrix Radius 12×8 for optimal system performance and the system is powered by Ecler DPA 2000 and DPA1400 amplifiers. Clockaudio mics are used for commentary and announcement.

Fjeld commented, “The original system, considered the best in its time, comprised two massive racks of electronics. One 20U rack with a modern DSP-based loudspeaker system has now replaced that and will provide Hajfell with a system we’re confident will meet their needs for the next 20 years. For the participants and audience alike, the new system also substantially raises the audio quality for their involvement and enjoyment.”

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Audio Systems Support Career-Oriented Education at CREC Public Safety Academy

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Guillén Technology Consultants Designs Community-Based Systems for Connecticut Magnet School

CREC Public Safety Academy opened their modern new facility in September, 2014 with audio systems that support the school’s career-oriented education for grades 6 through 12 in law enforcement, fire sciences, emergency medicine and other safety and security fields.

The school’s large and attractive new facility serves 700 students and includes classrooms equipped with the latest technology, a gymnasium and fitness center, a cafeteria and multipurpose room along with a theatrical auditorium.

Jorge Guillén of Guillén Technology Consultants provided building technology, AV, audio systems and safety and security consulting services for the new school. The building’s many different spaces presented Guillén with numerous challenges in his audio system designs. The school’s goals included intelligible voice paging and high-quality sound reinforcement throughout. However, acoustics varied considerably from room to room and several areas had high ceilings and hard, reflective walls, floors and ceilings.

Guillén chose Community loudspeaker systems to help him overcome these acoustic challenges and meet the school’s goals. He used Community R SERIES loudspeakers in the gymnasium and multipurpose rooms and D SERIES loudspeakers in the multipurpose room, cafeteria, fitness center and library. He designed the auditorium sound system with iBOX IHP-1566 loudspeakers, i215S subwoofers and MX41E-94B floor monitors.

Guillén designed electronics systems to fit the needs of each room. He used Rane amplifiers, mixers and system processors, Samson wired and wireless microphones and Listen Technologies assistive listening systems. For the auditorium, he included a PreSonus digital mixer and a Telex theatrical intercom.

The systems were installed and commissioned in time for the school’s opening and Guillén says the Community loudspeakers helped him achieve consistently high-quality sound throughout the building’s many different spaces.

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Steve Young Joins Community as Director, North American Sales

Steve YoungCommunity Professional Loudspeakers is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Young as Director, North American Sales. Young brings over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and management to Community. He comes to Community from the Music-Group where he was Manager of Business Development for all Music-Group professional brands including Midas, Klark-Teknik, Turbosound and Eurocom. Previously, Young was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mitek (Atlas Sound).

“Community offers their customers a level of integrity that is simply unparalleled,” said Young. “Our products not only sound phenomenal, but they are also backed by leading edge engineering and the best applications support team in the industry. Customers certainly have a lot of choices today, but when they choose Community vs. the competition, they will experience the positive differences which will immediately improve their bottom line. ”

Steve Johnson, Community’s CEO commented, “I am excited to welcome Steve Young to our team. Steve’s experience and capabilities will be important assets in our sales and marketing efforts and we all look forward to growing Community’s North American Business under his leadership.”

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Texas Football Gets an Upgrade at Buddy Moorhead Stadium

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buddymoorheadstadiumscoreboardConroe, Texas – Named after a legendary football coach and home to the Conroe Independent School District’s numerous High School athletic teams, Buddy Moorhead Stadium continues a proud tradition of Texas high school football with a modern facility seating over 8400 fans.

The stadium’s artificial turf and competition track were recently upgraded, but for several years, its sound system had been unreliable and fans often complained about intelligibility.

In 2014, the Conroe school district chose TASC A/V to provide a new sound system. TASC designed a system based on Community R6-51 high-output, horn-loaded loudspeaker systems.

TASC Project Manager, Anthony DiDonato explained, “Our only real option for locating the loudspeakers was at the scoreboard. So, we needed an extra-long-throw box to cover over 150 yards. Plus, this is Texas football – we needed high SPL at long distance to get over the crowd!”

Lab Gruppen amplifiers power the system which also includes a Montezuma DSP mixer and Shure ULX wireless microphones for field use and game announcements. Two Symetrix Radius DSPs provide DSP functions and loudspeaker management communicating over a dedicated DANTE V-LAN network provided for the project. TASC installed twelve Community C6 ceiling loudspeakers in the press box with zone volume controls and a shotgun mic on the outside of the press box to monitor the game and half-time events.

The system was installed in August of 2014 in time for the Tigers’ first game of the season. DiDonato says the response from the district client, Conroe ISD, has been highly enthusiastic, with director of athletics Danny C. Long reporting that his team is “ecstatic” with the new installation: “TASC A/V really went the extra mile to design and install a rock-solid system and ensure that it produces quality sound in every part of the stadium.”

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David Prince Appointed Community’s Director of Development Engineering

DavidPrinceCommunity Professional Loudspeakers is pleased to announce the appointment of David Prince as Director of Development Engineering. Prince has over two decades of experience designing, modeling and measuring pro-audio loudspeakers and developing them for manufacturing. He comes to Community from Knowles Electronics where he was Product Development Manager. Previously, Prince held the position of Director of Advanced Development for Tymphany; he was Senior Research Engineer for International Jensen and he spent seven years as an Acoustic Consultant with Talaske.

Prince has a BS in physics from the University of Illinois and studied acoustics in a combined program of the University of Florida and Penn State University. He is a past chair of the AES Standards Committee on Loudspeaker Modeling and Measurement, serves on technical committees of the Acoustical Society of America and is a Board of Directors Emeritus member for the loudspeaker industry association, ALMA.

“I am delighted to join Community at this important time in its history,” said Prince. “The company is well-respected worldwide and has an impressive line-up of high-quality products. I look forward to working with the Community team as we develop new loudspeakers and continue to advance our modeling and measurement programs.”

Steve Johnson, CEO commented, “As Community positions itself for continued growth, David Prince is a strong additon to our Engineering team. David’s academic background and years of experience as an engineer, audio consultant and technical leader will serve him well in this exciting new role.

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Community Welcomes Tech Solutions and Sales

Carmel, IN – Founded in 2005, Tech Solutions and Sales is an AV manufacturers’ representative company covering the states of Indiana and Kentucky.

Owner Dave Fellabaum and associate William Stewart have many years of experience as reps and integrators in the AV business. Both Fellabaum and Stewart have extensive sales and design experience in commercial audio, educational, house of worship and other AV market areas. From this background Tech Solutions and Sales has built a representative firm that emphasizes great customer service and builds lasting relationships with the AV integrators, engineers, acoustical consultants and end users in their territory. “We can consult on system design,” said Fellabaum, “and, because we understand the nuts and bolts of the integration business, we can help our dealers close their sales and bring in a profit on their jobs.” Fellabaum says he is very excited about taking on the Community line. “We’re planning to demo the product and provide dealer training and we’re looking forward to making a major contribution to Community’s success in Indiana and Kentucky,” he said.
Mike Marr, Community’s Eastern Regional Sales Manager, added, “Tech Solutions and Sales’ emphasis on customer service and dealer support complements Community’s great product lines and applications assistance. They’re a great addition to our sales team at Community.”

Contact Tech Solutions and Sales at (317)536-5846, email Dave Fellabaum (Indiana sales) at dave@techsolutionsandsales.com or William Stewart (Kentucky sales) at william@techsolutionsandsales.com or visit www.techsolutionsandsales.com.

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Community Welcomes AVCOM as Sales Representative

AvcomCleveland, OH – Founded in the late 1960s, AVCOM is a multi-line AV manufacturers’ representative company covering the states of Ohio and West Virginia as well as Western Pennsylvania and Northern Kentucky.
AVCOM prides itself on providing quality products and building long-lasting and profitable relationships with the AV integrators, engineers, acoustical consultants and end users in their territory.

President Jim Umstead emphasized the importance of a constant presence in the field including regular business meetings with integrators and consultants and frequent product demonstrations. He commented, “We are proud to represent Community in our four-state territory. Community’s reputation for high-quality products, expert application assistance and great customer service fits well with our desire to provide each of our business partners with the best possible solutions to their particular needs.”
Mike Marr, Community’s Eastern Regional Sales Manager, added, “AVCOM has an excellent reputation for customer service and product knowledge. We’re very pleased to have them represent Community.”
Telephone AVCOM at 440-777-2442, email Jim Umstead, President, at jumstead@avcomcle.com or John Opal, Territory Manager, PA at joavcom@verizon.net or visit their website at avcomcle.com.

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Speech Clarity – A Priority for Canadian Museum for Human Rights

gareden of contemplationIMG_0595The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is the first museum solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. The museum is a major project for Winnipeg and is the only federal museum to be built outside of Canada’s capital of Ottawa in over fifty years. It stands on Treaty One territory, not far from the place where the Métis rebelled under Louis Riel in 1870. Treaty One was Canada’s first treaty after Confederation.

The striking landmark building was designed by the renowned architect, Antoine Predock. His design for the CMHR is a journey, beginning with a descent into the earth where visitors enter the building through the “roots” of the museum. Visitors are led through the Great Hall, then a series of vast spaces and ramps, before culminating in the Tower of Hope, a tall spire protruding from the CMHR that provides visitors with a view of downtown Winnipeg.

The building’s sound system was designed by Mulvey and Banani, located in Toronto. The principal designer was Greg Rushton. Installation was handled by audio visual specialists, Inland Audio Visual Limited, and the project manager was Inland AV’s Barry Carr.

The sound system’s primary purpose is building wide multi-zone paging, but in specified areas the loudspeaker systems can also be used for local audio needs, such as those required by the banquet halls and classrooms. BGM is also to be incorporated into the system at a future date. The electronics are located in five central rack rooms and networked via Cobranet. Some six-hundred and fifty Community ceiling loudspeakers were used throughout the project. This includes a combination of 4.5-inch D4 and 6.5-inch D6 D SERIES loudspeakers, and powerful CLOUD1266 12-inch coaxial ceiling loudspeakers. The system incorporates Peavey DSP and Crest amplifiers are used to power the loudspeakers.

Inland AV installed touchscreen controlled AV systems in three classrooms, featuring projectors that can run independently or over the network. They also installed the corporate boardrooms with audio, video and simultaneous interpretation and teleconference systems.

“Community loudspeakers are designed for installations where uncompromised speech clarity and great music quality are prime requirements,” said Loren Robinson, Community’s Regional Manager. “It’s very gratifying to see them used in such an impressive system for this internationally prestigious project.”

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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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