Philadelphia, PA (November 14, 2017)—IMS Technology Services once again handled production for the US Open Squash Championship, held at Drexel University’s Daskalakis Athletic Center in Philadelphia. Inside the event’s custom ASB glass squash court, the Egyptian male and female champions—Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb—made history as the first married couple in sporting history ever to win the same major sports title on the same day.
Using a line array to cover the 1,000-plus spectators was both a budgetary and logistical impossibility, so IMS opted to cover the space this year with Martin Audio CDD-LIVE 12s and 8s. IMS director of audio Chris Leonard noted, “There’s no good place to put subs at this event, so having a speaker with the low-end power of the CDD-LIVE series really helped us out with adding excitement to the audio quality and coverage. This was the seventh year we’ve done this event and by far the best sounding one yet.”
The system was built around four CDD-LIVE 12s, with one flown in each corner from a special truss while two CDD-LIVE 8s were flown over a VIP bar area outside of the main area of coverage. An additional CDD-LIVE 8 was used to assist Leonard in monitoring the event from backstage.
The system was connected via Audinate Dante, he said: “I could run the signal in stereo to give it an extra-wide feel. It allowed me to easily distribute signal across the venue with enhanced audio quality and greater flexibility…. In the past, we’ve had trouble getting the ref’s mic loud and clean enough across the whole venue, but I could do it now across the whole space without any feedback and with great clarity. When I was playing the music and stings, the U.S. Open Tournament director Graham Bassett noticed the low-end energy in the space and mentioned to us that the audio sounded noticeably better than in the past.”