School Hit By Sandy Goes Ashly

After Hurricane Sandy thrashed the small island town of Lido Beach, NY, the local Long Beach High School had to undergo major restoration that took more than a year to complete. One of the efforts included rebuilding the school’s athletic field and its ruined sound reinforcement system.
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Lido Beach, NY (September 2, 2014)—After Hurricane Sandy thrashed the small island town of Lido Beach, NY, the local Long Beach High School had to undergo major restoration that took more than a year to complete. One of the efforts included rebuilding the school’s athletic field and its ruined sound reinforcement system.

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Today, a new system has been installed by Advance Sound of Farmingdale, NY, based around an Ashly ne24.24M modular processor and two Ashly ne8250 eight-channel amplifiers. Advance Sound installed a similar system at Long Beach Middle School prior to Hurricane Sandy, and that system weathered the storm and remains functional to this day.

“Long Beach High School was very hard hit by Sandy,” said Thomas DePace, chief operations officer at Advance Sound. “The wind, the sand, and the water turned what was once a grassy field into a swampland. The goal of this rebuilding effort was to prevent such loss to a future storm. We’ve had great success with the robustness of Ashly gear, so that was easy to specify. In addition, the school wanted to move to a more distributed system to avoid noise conflicts with neighbors that had been a source of some tension with the old end zone-fired system. We needed a lot of amplifier channels, and Ashly’s two-rack space, eight-channel ne8250 filled that need perfectly.”

Inputs to the system include a CD player, an iPod input, and a handful of wired and wireless microphones, all of which feed an Ashly ne24.24M modular processor outfitted with eight analog inputs and a dozen analog outputs. A pair of Ashly ne8250 amplifiers deliver 16 250W channels to drive six bi-amped One Systems 212CIM loudspeakers and a collection of indoor loudspeakers for the press booth. The 212CIMs are weatherproof, and Advance Sound was allowed to install each speaker on its own dedicated sound pole. Thus, coverage was not constrained by the locations of existing structures, and the SPL at the adjacent residences is significantly lower than with the previous system.

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