Audio Workshop heads back to school
NEW ZEALAND: The students at Tawa College are benefitting from an upgraded audio system in the secondary school’s auditorium. Matt Chapman, managing director of Audio Workshop, was called upon by the school’s HOD of music, Murray Cameron to design, supply, install and program the new system, which would comprise products from Harman brand JBL, with distributor Jands providing system design support.
Tawa College plays a key role in the life of its local community. This is reinforced by the school’s musical productions, concerts and theatrical performances, all of which are held in the auditorium. The project required Audio Workshop to improve the sound coverage for each of the seating areas throughout the auditorium as well as the sound quality with an increase in SPL, while also integrating the school’s existing sound equipment where possible.
Working alongside Jands, Mr Chapman specified a system based around JBL’s Application Engineering Series of installation loudspeakers with multiple units of the AM7212-95 speaker installed ‘The AM7212 speakers astounded both Murray and I,’ recalled Mr Chapman. ‘The hall is very reflective but the detail and imaging is just stunning.’ Powering the system is a newly deployed Crown XTI6002, while the school’s existing subwoofers were time-aligned with the new setup.
Tawa College already possessed a BSS Soundweb BLU-100 DSP that also remains a part of the system, administering processing and control for the audio solution as well as the venue’s projectors. ‘I have programmed it to be used with custom control panels on a computer with a 17-inch touch screen,’ explained Mr Chapman. ‘There are two states the user has access too. One is a basic system preset with controls for the school assemblies where they may run a music source and lectern microphone. The second state allows the HOD of music to control and mix eight inputs to FOH with a separate control page for mixing for the stage monitors. It is also allowing output processing for the front of house.
‘I also have the BLU-100, via RS-232, controlling the two projectors they have installed,’ Mr Chapman furthered. ‘This is also controllable on the custom control pages on the touch screen. There are parameter presets trigged via a button on screen to trigger assembly mode where projectors are turned on and lectern microphone un-muted and recalled at a set level with preset EQ.’
The upgraded system has already been put to use and was deemed a success. When the school’s budget allows, it is expected that the subwoofers and the old QSC amplifier that powers them will also be replaced.
‘The job was completed on budget, in a timely manner and I am absolutely delighted with the end result,’ concluded Mr Cameron. ‘I recently attended a dance recital and it was such a joy as I could hear every detail and nuance in the music.’