Iowa City, IA (May 8, 2017)—The University of Iowa recently updated the audio system in its Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the first time since it opened in 1983. Sound Concepts, the systems operator for the 15,500-seat venue, spec’d a new audio system that included a DiGiCo S21 digital console.
In addition, the school also purchased DiGiCo's Purple Box MADI/Optical converter and a D-Rack, both housed in a single deployable case. The system itself was installed by AV systems integrator Parsons Electric.
While Marvin Smejkal, president of Sound Concepts, initially wanted an SD series console for the project, subsequent budget alterations led to a change of plan: “I knew I wanted a DiGiCo console for this project,” he said, “but the budget wouldn’t have allowed for one of the SD series consoles. However, the S21 delivers so much functionality for an incredibly cost-effective price.”
Smejkal cited the inclusion of the Purple Box fiber interfaces with the S21 and the D-Rack as key because the project required the use of existing limited cable conduit between the FOH position, the racks and the arena floor. “We needed to use fiber because of the limited amount of conduit and the long length of the cable runs,” he said. “The S21 package addressed that.”
University of Iowa’s Carver-Hawkeye Arena