Sonoma, CA (April 26, 2017)—Mention Sonoma, California and cars, and most people picture a peaceful drive through wine country. That pretty much 100 percent not what Sonoma Raceway is like. The 1,600-acre site hosts events 340 days a year, including three of the top racing series, as well as a motorsports industrial park with 70b businesses and 104 shops. And now it also hosts a sizeable new PA based around Community loudspeakers.
While Sonoma Raceway’s old PA system served for most events, it couldn’t provide the levels required for the largest events. The racetrack owners decided it was time for a complete refit and turned to Pacific Satellite Inc., which has provided them with sound design/build and A/V event management services for over two decades.
The refit of the PA system covered 14 major seating and paddock areas, along with 18 additional public and competitor audio zones. A total of 160 Community R.5HPT, R.5HPT-R and R.35-3896 loudspeakers provide the coverage, with the system comprising a 32-channel Yamaha mixer and BSS London BLU-100 control system with additional BLU-BOB and BLU-BIB units.
Power is delivered by a mix of QSC ISA 800TI and CXD4.5 amplifiers. System software design for the BBS London was handled by Jeremy Yamaguchi of Eagle Multi-Media Productions and Pacific Satellite Inc. used Community’s TAG (Technical Applications Group) Team to assist with sound field assessment and verification of final designs.
Jerry Coté of Pacific Satellite Inc. offered, “It not only gives fans on site a better experience but also delivers a better product to the worldwide television audience with improved sight lines and accessibility.”