Our Lady of Lourdes Academy opts for Ashly
WORLD: Our Lady of Lourdes Academy (OLLA) has recently embarked on a four-phase improvement project, which included construction of a state-of-the-art gymnasium where the school will hold mass amongst other activities.
Revelation Sound, Inc. (RSI), an A/V specialty electrical and integration firm that serves houses of worship and their associated academic institutions, was awarded the contract for the audio, video and intercom portion of the project. The acoustic consulting and analysis for the project was done in partnership with Robert Bernecker of SEFI Consulting in Dallas, Texas.
'The A/V system had to be as easy to operate as a toaster,’ said Michael Melcher, president of Revelation Sound. ‘Thus, the A/V portion of the project features reliable, cost-effective Ashly Audio KLR-series amplifiers and an 8 x 8 Ashly ne8800 networked audio processor.’
RSI cited the value of Ashly’s superlative technical support and customer service as a key aspect of OLLA’s new system: ‘What we bring to the table is dependent on how our manufacturers support us,’ said Mr Melcher. ‘We have to be more than just a number on a sales sheet. Working with Ashly gives us that support. When we call, we always speak to a knowledgeable technician immediately – someone we know and have a relationship with. We sell that support as part of our bid. It is critical. Because Ashly provides such excellent support, we’ll stick with Ashly. We’re very conservative and very loyal.’
Inputs to OLLA’s new systems include a collection of wireless, standard wired and podium microphones, as well as a TASCAM combination CD/iPod/MP3 player and four Mystery Electronics brass court floor boxes. A roll-around rack holds a small Allen & Heath mixer, which provides one level of user control. All of the inputs wend their way to the Ashly ne8800 8-In x 8-Out Protea DSP Processor. The processor in turn feeds six Ashly KLR-3200 1,600W two-channel amplifiers.
‘The Ashly KLR Series packs an unbelievable amount of power and reliability into a two-rack space at a price-point that is fiercely competitive,’ stated Mr Melcher. ‘The value to our customers is great, and the fact that the KLR-3200 can power low-impedance boxes or up to 800W into a 70V constant voltage system is a huge plus.’
The KLR-3200 amps power three clusters of three Renkus-Heinz CFX-151 loudspeakers each, plus two Renkus-Heinz CFX-18s subwoofers flown above centre court.
Members of OLLA’s staff harness the new system using three Ashly neWR-5 Network Programmable Wall Remotes. As the school completes its iPad integration, that control will also be available via the Ashly Remote App. Like the future iPad control, the three neWR-5s provide preset configuration, input selection, and overall volume control. Because different uses require different configurations, the presets automatically turn different collections of loudspeakers and/or subwoofers on or off along with other subtleties.
To round out the project, Revelation Sound installed a large EIKI Hi-Def projector mounted on an SVS lift and paired it with a retractable Da-Lite screen.