New York (December 21, 2007)–Hillsdale College, a Michigan-based liberal arts college, recently installed a stadium sound-reinforcement system that includes direct-weather loudspeakers from One Systems USA.
Working closely with One Systems’ local representative, Online CRM, Andrew Walker from AVTEK Audio Visual Technologies, the local sound-system contractor, specified a total of 14 loudspeaker systems: two Model 212IM two-way/double-12-inch cabinets with U brackets; four Model 312CIM three-element/shaded array cabinets; and eight Model 112IM light-weight cabinets. All enclosures are powered by Lab:gruppen amplifiers. A Peavey MediaMatrix routing and control system is also planned to provide individual coverage across a number of loudspeaker zones, in addition to accommodating security and emergency announcements, plus paging and background music.
According to Ted Matko, Hillsdale College’s Director of Technical Media, “Our previous sound system was installed around 1980. I had worked at the college with Andrew Walker for around 15 years, and trusted his assessment of these new One Systems units. They are fully water-proofed, look very nice, and sound scarily good.”
Mounting a pair of Model 312CIM cabinets on the football stadium’s press-box roof required a unique solution. “Because of our rubber-bladder roof treatment,” Matko explains, “we were reluctant to drill holes into the roof for mounting screws or bolts that could lead to water leaks. Instead, Andrew [Walker from AVTEK] found a local satellite-dish installer who could adapt a non-invasive mount for our loudspeaker systems. They calculated the local wind conditions, and recommended that we use a total of six heavy concrete blocks to hold down the modified dish-mounting plate, to which they attached the loudspeaker mounting pole and bracket. The result was exactly what we were looking for.”
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