Community Loudspeakers and DSP Eastern High School, in Voorhees, New Jersey, is a regional district school with 2100 students. Its main outdoor stadium is a 2500-seat, multi-season venue used for football, field hockey and track and field events. In 2012, Eastern began a major renovation that will conclude with new artificial turf and a new track in time for June, 2013 graduation ceremonies.
As part of the renovation, Eastern upgraded their stadium sound system with Community R-Series, WET Series and iBOX loudspeakers. The stadium previously had four Community R-Series model R2-474 loudspeakers on light poles – two at both ends of the home team bleachers. JD Sound and Video refurbished these, added Polar Focus brackets and re-aimed the R2s for better coverage. JD then added a pair of WET Series W2-218s on the press box to cover the home-team bleachers and delayed the original R2s to avoid artificial echoes. JD also added an R2-52 on the press box aimed to cover the visiting team bleachers. For Eastern’s pep rallies and special events, JD added a pair of weatherized Community iBOX dual-15” i215 subwoofers. These were installed under the bleachers and provide low-frequency support for the entire field.
“The original system was better than most high school sound systems,” said Joe Sabatino of JD Sound and Video. “But, now, the coverage is improved and the students love the subwoofers,” he continued. “You can really feel the music.”
Electronics are located in the press box and include a Rane mixer, Shure wireless microphone system and Crown amplifiers. JD installed a Community dSPEC DSP system for equalization, delay and loudspeaker optimization. In addition, JD added an iPOD/iPHONE input at trackside with a microphone input, volume control and key switch. For practices or simple events, this setup allows coaches or students to operate the system without accessing the main controls in the press box.
Phil Smart, Eastern’s Vice Principal of Athletics, says the upgraded sound system is better than many college stadium systems. He also noted that JD was able to aim the loudspeakers to cover the bleachers and field while limiting the spill into the adjacent neighborhoods. “The new system makes it sound like my announcers went to articulation training,” he said. “The sound is awesome and we’re the envy of South Jersey!”
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