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Jun 2, 2009 12:00 PM, Staff Report

Switch, Las Vegas

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Eventually, the team chose to combine an enhanced overhead distributed system with other loudspeaker types to create a system capable of providing both high-quality foreground music and the major theatrical sound experience desired. One of the restaurant's unique features is the combination of loudspeakers integrated into the moving ceiling and a second fixed set on the high ceiling. Under commands from the show control system, the show soundtrack is routed between the lower moving loudspeaker group and the fixed loudspeakers depending on the position of the moving ceiling elements.

A total of 18 JBL Control 321C in-ceiling, full-range loudspeakers provide restaurant background music and show audio, and 16 Control 312CS in-ceiling subwoofers are used for extended low-frequency bandwidth. Additionally, 25 Control 328C/CT in-ceiling, full-range loudspeakers are located on the moving ceiling elements, in Switch's dining gazeboes, the waiting area, and restrooms. Another 10 Control 29AV-1 full-range loudspeakers provide directional sound associated with the moving walls and panels; these are recessed above the ceiling for aesthetics along with seven JBL ASB6118 large subwoofers providing low-frequency sound effects (five are hidden above the ceiling and two are in the basement area). Lastly, 16 Control 25AV small loudspeakers are hidden in exterior planters immediately outside the restaurant to provide various nature sound effects.

Crown CTs amplifiers with IQ Network DSP-based programmable input processors power the system. The audio system was set up with the aid of EAW's Smaart software, which adjusted the various loudspeaker groups to provide a consistent house curve that includes active equalization and multiple time-delayed zones. The master show control system is built around a Crestron MC2E compact control system with Ethernet, which serves as a programmable master show controller and provides a serial interface for the mechanical effects control system. The master control system also features a Crestron DIN-IO8 Versiport module, which provides a digital input interface from the lighting control system. Also included are a Crestron ST-IO input module, a Crestron TPS-12B Isys 12in. touchpanel, a Crestron TPMC-4XG handheld Wi-Fi touchpanel, and a Crestron TPMC-4XG-DS docking station for the TPMC-4XG. The system is augmented by an Alcorn McBride Digital Binloop, Peavey MediaMatrix nondigital audio processor, and a couple of rackmounted PCs for programming and monitoring.

To keep tabs on the show, there is a video surveillance system that monitors the show's mechanical elements. Technicians can monitor the show from the catwalk area above the restaurant via fixed and PTZ cameras. Infrared illuminators let the technicians view otherwise darkened pieces of equipment.

"I enjoy working with the Wynn organization tremendously because there's a certain bias for quality in everything they do," Gread says.

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