Thunder Bay, Canada (August 27, 2014)—The Westgate Collegiate & Vocational Institute in Thunder Bay, Ontario recently upgraded its audio system, calling in Randall Anderson, regional representative for Thunder Bay-based Evolution AV to evaluate the gymnasium’s audio needs.
What Anderson encountered was more than the usual acoustical challenge of hard, reflective surfaces that smear sound—an ongoing problem for the space’s many applications, including sporting events, performances, convocation and more. He recommended installing a RoomMatch system from Bose Professional Systems to solve the problem. Personnel from Bose and Evolution AV entered the gym’s measurements input into Bose’s Modeler software, which produced three possible solution paths.
The final system as installed consists of three modules from the RoomMatch Asymmetrical Array Module range, which addressed Westgate Collegiate’s gym by reducing side-wall reflections without the need for “yaw-in” array aiming. The design has two of the asymmetrical modules on the left side of the gym, with one asymmetrical and one symmetrical module combined for the right side cluster.
The system is rounded out with a pair of RMS215 subwoofers, and two PowerMatch PM8500N networked amplifiers power all speakers. A pair of ESP-1240 ControlSpace DSP units provide a total of 48 I/O for the system, and two CC-64 ControlSpace control panels offer user control over input and output volume levels.
“The result was excellent,” concluded Anderson. “We checked and found that we are able to get a consistent level throughout the gym, with complete speech intelligibility everywhere.”