Barber Motorsports Park Races with Community
Barber Motorsports Park is a sprawling 740 acre park, just east of Birmingham, Alabama and home to the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, as well as a 16-turn, 2.38-mile racetrack. Since its opening in 2003, the track has hosted both motorcycle and car racing events ranging from Grand-Am and NASCAR to AMA Superbike and Mustang Club of America.
The track's fast-growing popularity inspired a series of recent upgrades including a large-scale sound system covering the entire complex. The system is comprised of more than 100 R-Seriesloudspeakers, including a mix of R.25, R.5 and R.5SUB models. The R-Series' legendary power and intelligibility was key to its selection. For a racetrack environment, volume and intelligibility is critical but their program material employs quite a bit of music, from singing the National Anthem to a lot of high-energy tracks, so sound quality was equally as important. The R-Series loudspeakers were also chosen for their all-weather durability due to the extreme heat and humidity of the summer and some heavy winds in the spring. They even survived the tornadoes last April, when the storm had passed the loudspeakers were still sitting on the wheel fence and completely operational.
MX10 Wins Readers' Choice Award
During this year's Winter NAMM show, the results of the Third Annual ProSoundWeb/Live Sound International Readers' Choice Product Awards were announced. And Community's new M-CLASS MX10 was a winner in the Stage Monitors category. The MX10 is a stylish, super-compact, ultra-low profile monitor that delivers true power and performance in a compact 10.8-inch high cabinet. Handling 500W of program power, the 10-inch MX10 is engineered with Community's proprietary co-axial drivers, DYNATECH™ driver protection, and conical Tru-Phase™ waveguides to deliver exceptionally smooth phase and frequency response.
First Lutheran Church Finds “Solutions”
The leafy green hills west of Baltimore are home to First Lutheran, one of the area's oldest and beloved churches in Ellicott City, Maryland. The octagonal-shaped sanctuary is as beautiful as it is acoustically challenging. Designed to feature the church's exquisite pipe organ and choir, the building's wood and glass ceiling, brick walls and rock and tile floor create a reflective environment that wreaks havoc with spoken word intelligibility.
Once the specific problem areas were identified, a new audio system was designed with the implementation of Solutions SLS920 three-way high performance loudspeakers. A ring of eight SLS920 cabinets flown over the stage provides consistent, even coverage to the entire sanctuary. The system now covers every seat with no dead zones. The sound is clear and intelligibility is vastly improved.
Community Rocks the “Wanna Play?” Stage at NAMM 2012
A four-way Community-based system powered the stage, consisting of four bi-amplified Solutions-series SLS960 horn-loaded array cabinets, four iBOX i215S double-15” bass cabinets, eight VLF218 double-18” subwoofers, and iBOX i2W8’s for front fill, all optimized and protected by Community’s new dSPEC processors. In addition, six channels of M12 stage monitors were used for artist foldback.
Artists Performing at the 2012 NAMM "Wanna Play?" stage included: (top left) Israel Houghton and New Breed, (top right) Bootsy Collins, (bottom left ) Divinity Roxx and (bottom right) SLATR.
Prolight & Sound March 21-24, 2012 Messe Frankfurt Frankfurt, Germany Hall 8.0, Stand # C86 www.prolight-sound.com