Las Vegas' Venetian expands with BSS Prosys
Wednesday, 2 April 2003
Las Vegas' Venetian expands with BSS ProsysArtist's impression of the newly-expanded Venetian, due for completion in June.
USA - The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino on the Las Vegas Strip is currently undergoing a $250 million expansion project that will soon add over a thousand new suites and 150,000sq.ft of supplementary meeting space to the already palatial complex.

The new meeting facilities, in particular, are comprised of three large boardrooms, 19 meeting rooms and three 14,000sq.ft. ballrooms, each of which may be split into 14 individual meeting rooms. To accommodate the demanding audio DSP and routing requirements for a project of this magnitude, Michael Naylor, systems design engineer for The Venetian, created a system primarily based around BSS Audio's PS-8810C Prosys processor. "The CobraNet-equipped Prosys units are really the heart of our audio system," says Naylor. "By using The Venetian's Ethernet and fibre backbone, we're able to send audio from any of these new meeting rooms - as well as 14 available channels of DMX and Music Choice background music - to any room on the property, be it additional meeting rooms, suites, or other hotel spaces."

The BSS units are being used in tandem with a large quantity of new Crown CTs Series multi-channel amplifiers, all equipped with CobraNet-ready DSP modules, and Tannoy CMS12 TDC ceiling speakers. Crestron Isys TPS-2000L touchpanels are also used throughout each of the meeting rooms to facilitate simple selection of discrete audio channels off of the CobraNet network.

"We have a huge property here and I have limited resources in terms of manpower," he adds, "however, we want to keep things functioning at their peak performance all of the time. Since I can't be everywhere at once, using a combination of BSS and Crown products allows me to efficiently monitor and control all of our processing, amplification and loudspeakers from a single remote location. I'm literally running this entire property's audio from a laptop computer in my office.

"From a cost perspective, I was also able to save the company a tremendous amount of money by using these products, against some of the competitive systems on the market." Purchased from SPL Integrated Solutions' Las Vegas location, a total of 22 PS-8810Cs have been installed for the new meeting rooms - typically four rooms to a single Prosys - with another five now in use for the facility's recent music and paging system upgrade. Furthermore, three additional units are currently employed in the new hotel tower, while another three have been integrated into the resort's corporate offices. Two more Prosys - one primary and one as a redundant backup - are also called upon to handle The Venetian's entire 120,000sq.ft casino area.

(Lee Baldock)

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