Albuquerque, NM (December 26, 2012)—The Milne Stadium, home of many of Albuquerque’s local sporting events, recently received a makeover, including a new playing surface, new paint and stucco, and a new audio system featuring Community R-Series loudspeakers.
The stadium’s previous sound system had been problematic for some time, explained Sound and Signal Systems’ William Hartley: “A few years ago, they installed a new scoreboard behind the end zone, complete with a long-throw, single-point line array system. A lot of sound was reflecting off the concrete and glass press box. The problem is, the stadium is surrounded on three sides by the city and the freeway, but the side opposite the press box faces a residential area.”
Because of many noise complaints from neighbors, the stadium had to turn down the former audio system to a point where it could barely be heard within the park. Eventually, this became a safety problem when the stadium tried to evacuate fans during a lightning storm.
“A lot of people couldn’t hear the announcement,” said Hartley. “That’s when the city approached us to find a solution.”
With the new system, Hartley explained that they put the speakers on the press box, closer to the audience, and directed the sound down towards the field and the seats. A pair of R.5-94Z loudspeakers and an R.5SUB subwoofer are mounted on either side of the press box, covering the main seating area and the field, while a single R2 long-throw loudspeaker covers the smaller visitor side bleachers.
“We took an R2 with a 50 by 20 coverage pattern and flipped it on its side to give us 20 degrees of horizontal coverage and 50 degrees of vertical. We angled it down the field so it’s hitting just the top of the bleachers and none of the houses behind it,” Hartley explained.
Another R.5SUB augments the R2’s coverage area. “They’ve got a separate volume control for the R2,” adds Harley. “So they can turn it down if they’ve got a small crowd and don’t need coverage to those seats.”
The system is powered by a Bose Power Match amplifier, with a Bose Control Space DSP unit handling system processing.
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