Himeji City, Japan (August 11, 2011)--Sugoh Nursery School in Himeji City, Japan recently installed a professional-grade sound reinforcement system centered on an Ashly pêma integrated processor and amplifier.
The school’s stage and its sound reinforcement system are part of Sugoh's new building, which replaces its former residence of 34 years. "The old building had a sound reinforcement system too, but its speech intelligibility was very poor," said pro audio veteran Masaki Morimoto, president of Tokyo's A/V design and installation firm M&N. "Everyone at the school was excited to get a new stage with new sound reinforcement that would really convey the excitement and effort of the students."
Sugoh's new system begins with two wired microphones, four wireless microphones, and inputs for two auxiliary sources. The Ashly pêma 4125 provides almost everything else - microphone preamplification, matrix mixing, equalization, dynamics, and four amplifier channels at 125-watts each. A pair of One Systems 108IM loudspeakers provide the lion's share of coverage, with six Tannoy CMS 601 & CMS 501 in-ceiling loudspeakers filling in the rest.
Said Morimoto, "Designing a system that was user-friendly was paramount, as the teachers cannot be expected to properly control a complicated interface." Rather than build something complicated, Morimoto used an Ashly RD-8C remote control, which provides eight faders with mutes and a master volume fader. With it, the teachers can adjust the volumes of the microphones and input sources without training.
"We installed Ashly systems in 10 schools last year, and we already have 13 similar requests for nursery schools in the coming year," said Morimoto. "Most systems will use the Ashly pêma, but a few larger systems will require Ashly's modular ne24.24M processor with dedicated Ashly amplifiers."