Danley reinforces Pittsburgh events centre
Tuesday, 17 December 2019
upmceventscenterinteriorRMU raised private funds to construct the new UPMC Events Centre
USA - Robert Morris University is a private institution tucked into the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that instructs close to 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Although a relative latecomer to the scene, RMU’s men’s and women’s Colonials sports teams have made up for lost time, winning 45 league championships since joining the NCAA Division I in 1976.
In support of its successful athletic programmes, RMU raised private funds to construct the new UPMC Events Centre, which includes the Peoples Court, a 4,000-seat arena for men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball, an auxiliary gym, and other event and conference spaces. Local AV integration firm Horizon Information Services worked with the architect to design and install a highly-efficient, and thus value-engineered, sound reinforcement system that uses Danley Sound Labs’ patented point-source loudspeaker and subwoofer technologies to deliver highly-intelligible sound even at extreme SPLs.
“We reached out to the architect, Ross Bianco, to offer our services,” explains Jonathan Kaiser, system design and engineering specialist at Horizon. “At around the same time, RMU reached out to the architect and requested that they partner with us. As a result, we were able to get involved early and influence some of the decisions that would impact the sound reinforcement system.”
Kaiser continues: “We went with Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers, subwoofers, and amplifiers/DSP because of their very favourable cost-to-performance ratio. Danley’s patented point-source technologies provide a lot of even coverage at high SPLs.”
The sound reinforcement system in the Peoples Court is distributed and time-aligned to work with a center-hung Daktronics scoreboard. Four Danley SH95HO full-range loudspeakers hang from each corner of the scoreboard on a custom rigging frame to cover the court and a sizable section of the lower-bowl seating. All told, eight clusters, each comprised of a Danley TH118XL subwoofer mounted above a Danley SH96HO full-range loudspeaker, ring three sides of the Peoples Court and cover the upper bowl seating along with the remainder of the lower bowl seating.
The east end will be used to stage events and currently has two Danley SH95HOs for down fill. For the time being, touring acts will need to bring their own PAs, but Horizon Information Services has plans to install two massive Danley J3-94 Jericho Horns - the same boxes used in 100,000-plus-seat football stadiums - to give the Peoples Court ample in-house concert capacity. Finally, the auxiliary gym, which will mainly be used for practices but which can also host games with standing room only, uses a single Danley TH118XL subwoofer and four Danley SM80 full-range loudspeakers.
The entire system is powered by eight 4-channel Danley 20k4 Pro amplifiers (32 channels total at 5000W each) with built-in DSP and presets for every box that Danley makes. The amplifiers receive signal from a QSC Q-Sys DSP system via Dante, which in turn receives input via Dante from a DiGiCo console at FOH.
(Jim Evans)

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