DAYTON, Ohio – Mandalay Baseball, the parent company of the legendary Dayton Dragons Minor League Baseball team, contracted integrator Alpha Video Sports & Entertainment Group to completely renovate the video control and broadcast room at their Fifth Third Field Ballpark. The new setup now comprises two HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 3 consoles, significantly expanding the digital capabilities of the broadcast and production team.
Commenting on the project Darren Whitten, Account Executive with Alpha Video Sports & Entertainment, said, “We are honored that Mandalay Baseball chose us to provide the integration services for their new control room. Even though they’ve never had problems filling seats at Fifth Third Field, the new control room will definitely enhance the game day experience for their fans.”
The ballpark holds the record for consecutive sold-out games, which include all American professional sports teams. As a multi-use facility with seating for 7,800, it is used for baseball and various specialty events as well. Thus, the new digital system is fine-tuned to be flexible and expandable: the Si Expression 3 was installed in the production control room, feeding live signals to the audience, while the console in the broadcast room is responsible for broadcasting 25 games every season to local CBS affiliate networks.
“We wanted to move away from complex analog structures, and decided that the Soundcraft Si Expression 3 was the best choice,” said Scott Rohrer, Creative Technologist for Mandalay Baseball. “When compared with a Yamaha LS9 console, the Si Expression blew it out of the water, in terms of digital options and what we could do with it. From my experience with the Si Compact line and this console, Soundcraft has earned a well-deserved reputation.”
Given the limited size of the booths where the operations take place, the Si Expression 3 consoles fit the bill by providing great power in a reasonable form. Also, both consoles are configured with a Soundcraft Dante™ option card, which adds huge expandability and provides a 64 x 64ch interface to any Dante-compatible device from HARMAN or other third-party manufacturer.
“The new consoles allowed us to play around with many digital options; MADI links, and the functionality of the Dante card was a big advantage,” according to Rohrer. “Having 10 games under our belts so far with the Si Expression, the digital flexibility has been simply amazing. Our system now has a much more simplified integration of networks and gear than before, without compromising the audio quality.”
HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.