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The View from the Shard


Dataton, DJ Willrich, Event Communications, Mirage Associates for The View from the Shard

The 72-story skyscraper known as The Shard was inaugurated in July of 2012; The View from The Shard visitor attraction enables Londoners and tourists to enjoy 360-degree vistas from 800ft. above London—almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in the city. The AV system, designed by Event Communications, entertains and educates, as well as delivers digital signage information for ticketing and for corporate events. Synchronized multimedia content, HD/4K imagery and a site-specific soundtrack connect visitors to the building itself and to the city spread out beneath them.

AV supports the experience from the moment visitors enter the building: in the ground floor lobby, ticketing area and shops; as they ascend and descend in the high-speed elevators; and in the viewing galleries. Custom software written for the project takes data from the OmniTicket system and passes it to the AV system for display of up-to-the-minute ticket availability. The system supports day-to-day operations with a combination of show control and digital signage functionality. Both components were designed to be customizable for private functions and tours.

The centerpiece of the system is a Dataton WatchOut system; key components of playback and display include Bose audio, and NEC LCD monitors.

Comal Restaurant Acoustic System

Berkeley, California

Meyer Sound and BugID for Comal Restaurant

This is the first installation in the world to use Meyer Sound’s Constellation acoustic system to flexibly adjust the acoustical ambience of dining spaces. Patrons experience an ideal balance of lively buzz and the ability to converse comfortably without excessive background noise. Constellation achieves this by picking up ambient sounds from the room using dispersed ceiling microphones, processing the sounds in realtime, and re-distributing the sound using a large number of small, self-powered loudspeakers.

The operator uses an iPad to select the right preset for the time of day and occupancy level to set an appropriate acoustical ambience. The system aids conversation and also delivers clean, low-distortion background music. Meyer Sound’s SIM 3 audio analyzer was used during system commissioning and in subsequent fine-tuning after the restaurant was open. Objective testing data includes room reverberation time, reverberation frequency envelope, ambient sound level, and combined sound level with background music included.

Comal Restaurant is also the debut of Meyer Sound’s patent-pending Libra acoustic image system, which employs visually striking panels with tailored combinations of fabric types, frame depth, and underlying acoustical absorption.

SFJAZZ Center At Robert N. Miner Auditorium

San Francisco

Auerbach Pollack Friedlander, BBI Engineering, SIA Acoustics for SFJAZZ

SFJAZZ Center is the new home of SFJAZZ, one of world’s preeminent organizations promoting jazz performance and education. The purpose of the audio system was to provide uniform, high-quality sound reinforcement for performances, recording, and broadcast in a small flexible auditorium that seats 350 to 700 people. The biggest challenge was assuring an optimum listening experience at every seat despite the fact that each listener would hear both ambient room sound and amplified sound.

An unusual configuration of flown arrays accommodates the very broad horizontal and vertical coverage requirements and asymmetrical seating layout. Forty-nine full-range loudspeakers and subwoofers were balanced to ensure uniformity of response throughout the seating areas. Five flown subwoofers create a cardioid directional pattern that delivers full, punchy bass to the audience while avoiding bleed onto the stage that could muddy the sound. Coordinated design of the room acoustics and the sound reinforcement ensures that the ambient room sound blends seamlessly with the amplified sound for a true representation of the instruments on stage.

Design includes Meyer Sound Mina line array loudspeakers, plus additional arrayable loudspeakers, line array loudspeakers, and subwoofers. Mixing consoles are all Avid: Profile at FOH, SC48 at monitors, and ICON D-Command with Pro Tools integration in the broadcast booth.

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