Albany, NY (January 25, 2005)–The University at Albany recently brought new audio to its Recreation and Convocation Center (RACC). Located on the SUNY school’s Uptown campus, the RACC is a multipurpose room used for everything from basketball and other indoor sports to graduation commencements. Designed and implemented by SimplexGrinnell (Boca Raton, FL), the facility’s new sound system is intended to curb acoustical problems within the cavernous environment with the aid of QSC’s ModularDesign and AcousticDesign Series loudspeakers.
SimplexGrinnell maintains 160 local branches throughout North America. To handle the UAlbany RACC project, the firm called upon Dominick Campana, its pro sound market manager within the NY region. “The project was a challenge,” Campana admits, “basically because it is such a massive space. Dilemmas posed by the sheer size of the structure are compounded by the building’s harsh, reflective walls made from concrete block and an open-shell grid deck. If all of this isn’t bad enough, when a large crowd is present, the noise floor hovers around 80 dB without even turning the sound system on. When I designed the room’s new audio blueprint, my goal was to meet these issues head on before they could get out of control. To that end, I relied upon the high output and tight pattern control of QSC’s ModularDesign and AcousticDesign loudspeakers.”
Powered by 17 CX Series amplifiers including CX1102s, 902s, 702s, 502s, 302s and 1202Vs, Campana’s distributed loudspeaker arrays fan out around the room using four ModularDesign MD-F122/124r enclosures, eight MD-F122/94r’s, eight MD-F122/64r’s, and four MD-L115 low frequency cabinets. A full 36 AcousticDesign AD-S52T loudspeakers join the club as fills for the upper balcony area.
Since the completion of the installation, audio in the RACC has moved forward by an order of magnitude, both in terms of flexibility and performance. “Before, some events required that a separate touring-style rig be brought in,” Campana adds. “Now, in many cases, larger events require only a separate mixing board, and maybe a mic or two. There’s not much going on in here that this system can’t handle. The performance has been outstanding. If I had to do it all over, I wouldn’t change a thing.”
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