Installations


Carnegie Hall and the Apollo Theater: A Tale of Two Systems

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Back row view of setup for John Mellencamp show at Carnegie Hall.John Mellencamp may hail from beyond the outskirts of Bloomington, Indiana, but he has nothing against a big town. His 80-date Plain Spoken tour, which ran from Jan. 21 to Aug. 4, 2015 in support of his late 2014 album release, included performances at two Big Apple icons: Carnegie Hall (April 20), the epitome of classical musical achievement, and the Apollo Theater (April 23), long synonymous with uptown funk.

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The Cube: Virginia Tech's Immersive 3-D Audio Experience

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The CubeVirginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology (ICAT) has created an immersive 3-D audio environment. Christened “The Cube,” this unique four-story theater and high-tech laboratory features one of the highest-channel count 3-D audio systems in the world. The facility combines multi-screen video and 3-D sound from 145 loudspeakers to bring creative artists, educators and audiences together in a four-story, black box theater that’s one of the largest on the East Coast.

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Sports Facility Projects

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The Huntsman Center, home to the University of Utah’s Runnin’ Utes basketball and other school teams.There’s no doubt that audio installations and upgrades within large sports facilities typically present integrators and sound designers with severe challenges. Perhaps by far the most formidable is the sheer scale of multiple coverage areas. The latter not only entails the enormous, cavernous open-air spaces, but also delivering an acceptable listening experience to everyone occupying in the seats, whether fans are courtside or in the upper “nosebleed” seats of an arena or — in a stadium project — on the grandstand, bleachers, end-zones or beneath the second/third deck.

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Boone United Methodist Church Takes Audio to a Higher Level

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The FOH view from the front edge of the balconyLocated in the mountains near Howard’s Knob in the North Carolina High Country, Boone United Methodist Church has a variety of ministries that address a wide range of worshippers. To ensure their message is delivered clearly and that musical performances are reproduced naturally, the church recently completed a substantial AV upgrade that encompassed a significant sound reinforcement system.

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House of Worship Installation Showcase

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DiGiCo at Central Church of God

No matter what anyone may tell you, getting great sound in a house of worship environment is no picnic. Besides the “it’s too loud” complaints from the old folks who insist on sitting in the front row — even in churches presenting modern music at rock concert levels — there are also certain acoustical difficulties that are near-insurmountable. Let’s face it, many sanctuaries are “blessed” with copious amounts of marble, wood and glass surfaces, which are anything but audio friendly. Other groups may meet in converted gymnasiums, storefronts and the like, which were rarely designed from an acoustical standpoint. The bottom line? It ain’t easy.

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