We recently took delivery of a new K Array KR200 system to fulfil an increasing need for a powerful yet visually low profile audio system.
The K Array system gets more than a few interesting looks which quickly turn to very interested looks once they actually hear what the system can do. The 18″ Subs each contain 2 x 1000 watt amplifier channels, one to feed the Subs and one to feed the Mid/High Arrays.
This system is an excellent choice for events where the visual impact of the audio system is to be kept to a minimum and audio clarity and power are essential.
To help demonstrate its versatility we have recently used this system for acoustic gigs, conferences and as reinforcement for a 20 piece Orchestra with a 40 piece Choir, all delivered with exceptionally high quality.
Come and check it out at our showroom to hear what it can do.
Often, operators or users of audio systems in buildings like churches and community centres don’t have a technical background and “just want the system to work!”.
The Allen & Heath IDR installation series provided the core of this system and it was specifically designed to be used by the non technical operator. Using these Allen & Heath components, the technical aspect, i.e. the programming of the system and its optimisation, can be done by experienced technicians (thats us) and functionality can be locked out to the end user and reduced to a simple operation like a volume level if so required.
This particular system was for use in a church and had to encompass CD playback, DVD Playback, Lapel and Handheld radio microphones, Ipod playback, and occasional use for band members to play through.
An Allen & Heath IDR4 and IDRin were specified to receive all the relevant inputs which also included the Main outputs of an Allen & Heath Zed 18 mixer for bands to use. As the previous system was often available to other non technical operators, the consistency of the previous systems performance was often compromised as settings were often changed, resulting in poor performance of the equipment and an unsatisfactory listening experience for the congregation.
In the new system we provided, all parameters are locked out to the end user except those we made available on the Allen & Heath PL6 Controller. On the PL6 controller each stereo pairs of inputs (CD, DVD etc) and mono inputs (Radio Microphones) has a dedicated volume fader and Mute function. There is also a designated Master fader.
This method results in an extremely consistent sound experience whereby the settings are exactly the same every time the system is turned on and the operator is free to adjust the volume levels on the PL6 controller and leave the IDR to do the sound engineering.
A technical solution for the non technical operator.
CAS> were recently contracted to supply and install a new projector and screen into Sherwell Church in Plymouth. The current arrangement of a single projector and screen at the front of the Church was to be augmented by a second projector and screen at the rear of the church.
The addition of the second screen was to enable the choir, seated at the front of the church, to view the same content as the rest of the congregation with ease.
An NEC projector was chosen to match the existing unit to ensure continuity in control of the system. The projector was installed and fixed using industry standard Unicol suspension systems from the vaulted ceiling and a 1.8 mtr wide, electrically operated projector screen was installed on the rear wall of the church so that it could be clearly seen by the choir. All cabling was installed utilising the roof space and existing containment to maintain the aesthetics of the church.
CAS> recently supplied some useful upgrades to Devonport Guildhall’s Main Hall audio system to enable a greater degree of control for clients and staff alike.
The focus was to supply a user friendly audio control option for Devonport Guildhall’s Conference and Community facilities. There were also some added extras to enhance these facilities such as an Audio Technica Lectern microphone with a dedicated Shockmount base, a Sennheiser handheld radio microphone and an Allen & Heath Zed12 FX for mobile applications.
An Allen & Heath PL6 fader control unit was chosen as the main control method to compliment the Guildhalls previously installed Allen & Heath iDR16. These enormously flexible pieces of equipment allowed us to save settings for the various inputs sources, which include 3 radio microphones, lectern microphone, PC audio and ipod inputs.
With these settings and the programming of the PL6 Fader control and iDR 16, audio engineering techniques ordinarily only available with a technician, were then able to be applied to each input source and then stored resulting in a consistent result every time the system is used.
The PL6 Fader Control unit can be operated by Devonport Guildhall staff or alternatively it can be operated from the lectern position by the person speaking.
A great, simple solution for a technical requirement!