Bo Warmbold, AV/Production
coordinator for Vernon Hills
HS with some of his student
assistants attending to the
Vernon Hills, IL, (March 17, 2009)–Vernon Hills High School recently installed a LightViper Series 32 system.
Bo Warmbold CTS, AV/production coordinator for Vernon Hills HS explained, “We knew we needed to expand our existing system. We purchased a Yamaha M7CL about a year and a half ago, but we still had a limiting copper infrastructure. Our transport system had only 24 inputs, and we were using all 24 inputs plus additional tie lines in sort of a piece-meal fashion to increase the number of channels in the system. In addition, some of the copper wiring was acting like big antenna, so we were having problems picking up RF in addition to ground loops and such. The LightViper system has completely solved these problems.”
The LightViper Series 32 system (32×8) installed at Vernon Hills consists of a VIS-1832 stage-box, two VIM-MY32 cards for use in the Yamaha M7CL console, duplex PVC installed fiber, and a pair of Neutrik OpticalCon fiber-optic jumper cables.
Warmbold commented, “We knew we wanted to purchase a digital system, and we looked into some of the Ethernet based systems in addition to fiber solutions. While we could run several CAT-5 cables, and even use these for video when not using them for audio, we ultimately decided on fiber due to the much larger bandwidth capacity providing a more “future-proof” infrastructure. We also liked being able to plug fiber directly into the Yamaha console using the LightViper VIM-MY32 cards. Pricewise and functionality wise, LightViper was the perfect choice for us.”
Commenting on the actual use of the system, Bo had this to say; “The ease of set up with the LightViper system, and ease of general use, allowed us to do some things on this show that we were never able to do previously. Instead of spending time fixing ground loops and other shortcomings of our copper system, we spent more time fine-tuning the system and being able to set up more L-C-R mixing. The gain switches on the VIS-1832 stage-box make it foolproof, especially given that it’s high school students that are assisting in setting up and operating the system.”