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Audio for High-energy Restaurant, Part 2

Mar 20, 2014 11:06 AM, With Bennett Liles

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We’ve talked about the sound system but they’ve got a pretty big video system in there with monitors everywhere. What kind of video sources do they have? I guess they would have plenty of broadcast channels at least.

What they’ve got is actually it’s TVs. They’re all around inside the facility. And the TV distribution system for the stadium actually, off of that they send a feed over to the restaurant and they’ve got all the same channels that they have next door at the stadium at the restaurant. So they can pick up – primarily they’re sports channels. You’re going to get your ESPN, your local broadcast games here in Phoenix, and then a number of other different channels; CNN, etc. And they can go around and pick whatever channel they want on any TV and set it up however they want it. Usually when a game is on, I think every TV’s got the baseball game on it. [Timestamp: 4:10]

Yeah, I guess they just take the local broadcast on that.


And do they have the same control points for the video system as they do for sound?

Actually they kind of went a little, I guess you’d say low level, as far as controls. So they just got a remote. This guy runs around and sets the channels because for the most part they aren’t changing channels all that often. Usually they’ll set that up before they open up the restaurant and then let it go unless somebody specifically wants something changed. [Timestamp: 4:40]

I guess it’s important on those things not to get it overly complicated because you never know who’s going to have to run it.


And I guess the fans will give you some negative feedback real quick when you don’t have the right source in there.

Yeah, the only thing that we ended up doing – and we found this out after the first game – we had a radio in there so they could get the radio broadcast, but since they have the TV broadcast on the TVs, the two of them weren’t necessarily in sync. So we ended up adding an actual TV tuner to the system as a source select they can pick so they can get the actual audio off of the TV onto the speakers and it matches with what they’re showing up front on all the displays. [Timestamp: 5:18]

When you got all the wiring run and everything connected, how did the system testing go? Any surprises or did it operate pretty much as you planned?

It was pretty much the way we thought it was going it go. It took a couple of hours of just running around and setting the levels and making sure we had things balanced accordingly and then just a minor little bit of equalization and things of that sort. But for the most part it went pretty smoothly. [Timestamp: 5:44]

And from the customers, they’ll let you know it if they don’t like it so all’s been pretty quiet at least as far as any complaints.

Yeah, everybody seems to love it. I mean the place seems to always be packed, so they don’t have any problem with that at all.

Are there further renovations planned for the Game Seven Grill? Is there like a phase two to this thing?

Yeah. They’ve contacted us, the Diamondbacks have already, and it looks like before this next season the hope is there’s a second floor they’re going to want to have us do some work in upstairs. That’s going to be primarily though private dining rooms and meeting rooms and things of that sort that they’ll be able to lease out for private parties and things of that sort. But it’ll be much the same idea and they’ll have the same basic sources, maybe a few microphones up there they’ll be able to use for some of these special events that they have up there. So that’s in the works as we speak. [Timestamp: 6:36]

Well, hopefully the fortunes of the team coincide with the way things are going at the Game Seven Grill. In the meantime, what’s coming up for Parsons Technologies?

Well the one we’re just finishing up down here in Phoenix is we just are finishing up the new spring training facility for the Chicago Cubs out in Mesa. Their first game is February 27. And then as far as company wide, I know right now out of our Minneapolis office they’re working on a renovation or an upgrade out at the stadium for the Carolina Panthers. So those are the two big ones, and I guess the other thing that we’re waiting to see about is the Minnesota Vikings stadium, what’s going to happen up there. [Timestamp: 7:20]

With baseball season coming up on us, I know the deadlines are going to be on you before you know it. But as for the Minnesota Vikings, I guess it’s going to be a while before they get into action again so you should have at least a little breathing space on that one.

Yeah. That’s going to be down the road a little ways.

OK, Mark. Mark Schultz from Parsons Technologies in Phoenix and the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Game Seven Grill. And your headquarters is actually in Minneapolis.

Correct. Thanks for telling us the story on it Mark and maybe we’ll catch up with you after you’ve got that Vikings project done.


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