Vancouver (August 26, 2009)-The University of British Columbia is home to the massive War Memorial Gymnasium, and now the facility is likewise home to a new Adamson System.
With a capacity of 2,200 regular seating and 600 capacities in the bleachers for basketball and volleyball games, the venue’s previous system had become inadequate as the SPL and clarity were reportedly lacking by today’s standards. The old design was placed as a center cluster, and somewhat later, a distributed system around the perimeter of the bleachers was added.
The new Adamson design also features a center cluster design for this speech-only environment, and while waiting for a possible phase two, the distributed system has been shut down, as the SpekTrix system’s horizontal coverage of 120 degrees is providing coverage for the venue’s current announcing needs.
After uploading the specs of the gymnasium into the shooter software program, it became apparent that the Adamson Spektrix Line Array cabinets would best suit the performance needs. Contractor LTS Pro Sound & Lighting based in Vancouver has had extensive experience using the Series and knew this would be the right box to give the intelligibility in the vocal range that the room needed.
The University purchased four SpekTrix 5 degree cabinets with two 15 degree Spektrix W’s placed at the bottom of the array, and a single SpekTrix Sub is flown on the top. The array is flown at a height of 30′ (9.25m) in the front and dead center of the gymnasium, just above the scoreboard. It is entirely powered by Lab.gruppen amplifiers and Adamson controlled with the M Series processor.
Megan Robinson, manager of the War Memorial Gymnasium, commented that she was, “Very impressed with the intelligibility during announcing of the ball games, and pleasantly surprised with the overall coverage of the single sounds system throughout the gym. The continuous compliments from contracted announcers who enjoy working with the system, says it all.”
Adamson Systems Engineering