Tampa, FL (December 14, 2004)–The Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, is home to the National Football League’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the University of South Florida football teams. Recently, it also became home an installed Allen & Heath ML4000 24-input VCA mixing console.
Randi Crooks of Magnum Audio Group, Inc., audio engineer for the Buccaneers for 15 years as well as a consulting engineer with the Tampa Sports Authority, which administers the stadium, specified the Allen & Heath console. “The console that was previously in there was deficient,” he explained.
Located in the sound booth high above the end zone, the Allen & Heath ML4000 distributes entertainment programming and announcements throughout the stadium. “There are multiple zones–concourse, club, press box–which are all coming off of auxes,” Crooks detailed. “We have the referee system for the bowl, and we also have BucVision, our video animation department.”
Regarding the shortcomings of the previous console, which was installed with the sound system when the stadium was opened in 1998, he elaborated, “They have a Meyer Sound powered speaker system installed in the stadium that wants to see +26dB before the processor works the way it was designed to work. It was only seeing +21, so it was going into clip before any limiting or anything was involved.”
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