Goshen High looks forward with L-Acoustics
Thursday, 2 January 2020
la-goshenThe refreshed 650-seat auditorium
USA - Both in academics and athletics, Goshen High School has been living up to its status as the flagship institution of the upstate New York Goshen Central School District: the Boys' Varsity tennis team has not lost a conference title in over 10 years, and its Mock Trial team has won the Orange County championship for nine years.
So when the district underwent a $40m renovation in 2019, the lion’s share of that went to Goshen High School, which saw its classrooms and common areas updated, and its 650-seat theatre/auditorium refreshed from the floor up. That included an L-Acoustics ARCS Wide and Focus sound system, supplied by Firehouse Productions and integrated by LiveWire Sound and Image, with the renovation done by project architect LAN Associates and acoustical consulting by WSDG.
The school’s ARCS WiFo system - consisting of three ARCS WiFo units plus an SB18 subwoofer per side in a left-right system, along with two delay points with two ARCS WiFo units each, all powered by three LA4X amplified controllers - has taken the school’s main venue, used for theatrical productions, town-hall meetings, talent shows and a range of other scholastic and community purposes, to an entirely new level.
Joe Fedor has been the technology teacher at Goshen High for over two decades. For the decision and installation of the ARCS WiFo system, he worked with Nick Bechard, project manager at Firehouse Productions, but also a student of Fedor’s 15 years ago. “We often have our graduates return to give back to the school, and this was a great example of that,” says Fedor.
“It had to be a great sound system; one that covered all the seats yet kept the sound off of the walls, so speech would be clear and intelligible, and music would sound warm and full,” says Fedor. “But it also had to be a user-friendly system, since students would often be the ones running it.”
(Jim Evans)

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