Mike Bartee with Lectrosonics ASPEN processorsRio Rancho, NM (June 28, 2010)–Lectrosonics’ newly introduced ASPEN Series digital audio processing products were recently deployed throughout the courtrooms in a major Western U.S. Federal Courthouse.
Working from a blueprint penned by Spectrum Engineers of Salt Lake City, UT, Huntsville, AL-based Quantum Technologies, Inc. installed, configured, and programmed the new equipment as part of a massive audio upgrade to accompany a recent refurbishment of the facility’s video infrastructure.
Michael Bartee, Audio-Video Systems Engineer for Quantum Technologies, was directly involved in all aspects of the installation, which encompassed the configuration and programming of 14 courtroom systems, each with a Lectrosonics ASPEN Series SPN1624 Digital Matrix Mixer, SPN16i Input Expander, and SPNConference Interface unit.
“Each of the systems required automixing and mix minus matrix mixing for both different zones throughout the courtrooms as well as for multitrack recording (documentation of court proceedings) purposes,” said Bartee. “Further, automatic feedback elimination on every microphone input was another important consideration. While the courtroom deputy and judge both have the ability to recall multiple configurations— such as a bench conference—at the touch of a button via an AMX control system, the system is for all intents and purposes unattended.”
Employing proprietary algorithms developed by Lectrosonics and DSP hardware, the new ASPEN series processors feature unlimited input expandability, real-time clock, a 48-channel matrix bus, a 1 Gbps expansion port, and true 48-Volt phantom powering for all inputs.
“I was extremely impressed with the ASPEN system’s DSP processing power,” Bartee said. “Whatever we needed—be it EQ, delay, limiting, feedback elimination, and so forth— we were able to set up processing without any fear of running out of processing power or sacrificing system performance due to DSP limitations.”
Being a new line of audio processing products for Lectrosonics, the Federal Court installation project was one of the first ASPEN Series installations. “Lectrosonics technical support was a pleasure to work with,” says Bartee. “I was on the phone regularly with the company’s engineers throughout the programming and configuration phase of this project. I sent them files for review to ensure we were optimizing the performance of these systems and, in each instance, they were extremely helpful. Gordon Moore, Vice President of Sales for Lectrosonics, even conducted an online training tutorial to better acquaint me with the GUI (graphical user interface) before I even started the programming.”
Installed during the early part of 2010, the new Federal Court sound system became operational in March. According to Bartee, “Everything has been working wonderfully. The sound quality is excellent and everyone is very pleased. The teleconference unit’s performance is superior to any product we’ve previously used. When I first received teleconference test calls, I thought the client was pulling my leg—I honestly believed they were on the phone rather than on a microphone. The new system’s performance is exceptional. Lectrosonics is a world-class company and they genuinely care about producing top quality products that both meet and exceed one’s expectations.”
Quantum Technologies, Inc.