Rosemount, MN (October 26, 2005)–Rosemount High School recently installed EV ZX5 loudspeakers into its performing arts center just in time for its busy holiday season production schedule. Event Pro of Hastings, MN, undertook the installation, and will continue to work with production careers instructor Tom Hoffman to ensure student operators and audiences alike get the most out of the new equipment.
Event Pro’s Neal Wallace explained: “Installing the ZX5s is the first step in an incremental upgrade process in the school theater, which will incorporate additional EV loudspeakers, including a number of the new ZX1s. This job represents the latest chapter in a strong relationship with the school. As a local technical production services company, we’ve worked with the school before, bringing in additional wireless systems and PA equipment, and overseeing the house mix on numerous occasions. As a local installation contractor we can help the school get more bang for their buck, specifying the proper tools to get the ideal mix themselves, and helping to expedite the learning curve.”
Continuing, Wallace noted, “David Schwartz (Event Pro) was a student at Rosemount who recently joined our company, which charaterizes the importance of this working relationship–I know he was pleased to play a part in improving the audio here! We basically wanted to install a system that helps both student operators and student performers sound like pros. That way, the audience is happy, and the production career students aren’t frustrated by sub-par equipment. When you approach it from this perspective, low quality loudspeakers have a lot to answer for–the audience complains and the staff gets despondent. In this sense, the ZX5s speak for themselves as an investment.”
After consulting with EV theatre sound production specialist Jim Pfitzinger, the company agreed upon left and right clusters of one 90-degree ZX5 below one 60-degree ZX5 and mounted the ZX5 boxes on the wall with L-brackets, brought in an audio analyzer, ran pink noise, and then made necessary adjustments by ear, using a lift to bring the boxes up incrementally to address spikes and dead spots. “This was a relatively simple installation made simpler by using high performance loudspeakers with precise coverage characteristics and top quality components,” said Wallace. “Good speakers are always the best place to start when working on a limited budget, and the ZX5s have opened up the doors to a new level of sonic performance in the theatre–not to mention that they look as good as they sound.”