When Cal State University Sacramento’s University Union was built, Associated Sound (Sacramento, Calif.) designed and installed a sound system for the facility’s ballroom. Budget constraints kept the university from upgrading the sound system, but allowed faculty to focus on the room’s use.
Now used for a variety of campus functions, including meetings, weekly lectures and social events, the 150×97-foot divisible ballroom is also rented out to the community for special events. The expanded use of the ballroom space was helped by the audio system upgrade, which included three Symetrix SymNet 8×8 DSPs, five SymNet Breakin12 A/D input devices, three Symetrix ARC (Adaptive Remote-Control) wall panels and three QSC CX 1202V amplifiers driving 36 Community Cloud 12 ceiling speakers.
“When we tested speakers from the three manufacturers,” says Brown, “we found that the Community Cloud 12 coaxial speaker gave us all the bass response we needed and more.” The Cloud 12 used in the ballroom is a two-way speaker assembly with a 12-inch low-frequency driver and a 1-inch high-frequency compression driver on a coaxially mounted 60×60-degree pattern control horn.
“There was no distortion in terms of transformer saturation. The Cloud [12-66Ts] dual transformer package for 70.7-volt or 100-volt operation works very well to increase power handling capability of a 70-volt system. All in all, we were very pleased with this speaker.”