Boone, NC (April 29, 2013)—The Art of Living Foundation’s International Center for Meditation and Well-Being, located in the Great Smokey Mountains, allows visitors to immerse themselves in yoga, meditation, and organic diet.
A key to that is the retreat's Meditation Hall, a large, multi-purpose space used for everything from yoga and meditation classes to dance events and performances. As Jeff Hedgecock, Project Manager for AVI-SPL in Charlotte, NC explains, the room is visually appealing but acoustically challenging.
"It's a very large space—very bright and airy and open, with nice high ceilings," says Hedgecock, “but when they have someone leading a yoga or mediation class, intelligibility is quite an issue. And that's not a scenario where one wants to shout, so for people at the back of the room, it's very difficult to concentrate on the instruction being given."
A single pair of Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC16-R-II provided a solution for the room's sonic challenges. "They hold some dance events and performances there as well, so the musical performance of the Iconyx was equally critical," says Hedgecock.
The Iconyx's multiple steerable beams can be individually attenuated to provide uniform coverage and SPL. "That's one of the things that's great about the Iconyx - we were able to steer the beam to make the whole hall sound great," says Hedgecock.
A Biamp Red One handles volume and source selection, with all audio routed directly to the Iconyx columns. As Hedgecock observes, aesthetics was also a consideration here.
"The fact that we were able to paint the speakers to pretty much blend into the walls was a major advantage for them," he explains. He points to his own previous experience with Iconyx as instrumental in trying them at the Foundation. "I've used Iconyx on a couple of other problematic spaces, and was pretty certain it would be a good fit here."