Conference Center Connects with QSC Q-Sys Integrated System Platform, Part 2
Jan 22, 2013 11:38 AM, With Bennett Liles
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The Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center has thousands of square feet of ballrooms and meeting space, and they had to have it all connected for video and sound. Rick Shaw from CSI Multimedia is back to wrap up his account on how it all got set up and done, coming right up on the SVC Podcast.
SVC: Rick Shaw, thanks for being back with us for part two on the SVC Podcast from CSI Multimedia.
Out there in Woodland Hills, Calif., and we were talking about this huge project at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center. They did a big addition to that already huge place and we mentioned the QSC QSys and the Core 4000, how you set up infrared sensing for the air walls in the rooms, basically making things easier for the onsite people to adapt the place to suit any client’s requirements. How does the Core 4000 communicate with the Powerlite 3 PL-340 amps that you used on this?
The amps are equipped with a data port. There are two levels of QSC amps, which are equipped in such a way and by connecting the I/O frame digitally into the amplifier we get enormous amounts of information back from the amplifier—temperature, wattage, temperature of the wires. We can tell if a DJ is being bad and heating up the system. So we know why the clip went off or why it protected itself. We can go back and look at the data and say, “Well, this side of the amp was this hot and here’s the input—here’s what was feeding it.” So it enables us in realtime to evaluate the whole system. We have remote GUIs, and you can use an iPad or in the case of Fairplex, we have these big 70in. screens that they use as whiteboards and videoscreens in the individual media rooms. And we can call up our program on any one of those and we can train off of it and we can see where the loads are going and what the temperature the core itself is and how many cycles it’s running. So we can, in realtime, watch the loads throughout the building and see if somebody ask, “Do you have room for expansion?” We can say, “Well, yeah, we’re at 80 percent in this area, core is running at 60 percent; we’ve got 20 percent that you could use and it usually just boils down to adding more I/O frames. [Timestamp: 2:50]
And with a place that big and capable of so many different configurations in the meeting areas, you would have to be able to operate it from just about anywhere.
Yes, absolutely and we have a pinhole. My engineer can sit in his living room and control the whole building and with the listening mics he can get actual realtime feedback as to what the volumes in the room are, what the EQ sounds like, and he can even, if he wants to, turn on one of the microphones and listen. [Timestamp: 3:16]
And a huge number of speakers you installed. I guess they’re mostly ceiling speakers. What speakers did you decide to go with in the meeting rooms and the ballrooms?
Well, we have 240 speakers in the building and primarily the main ballrooms are handled by Cloud 12 from Community. Community Professional loudspeakers just make the finest speakers in the world in the areas that they are focused. And this is one of the places that they excel, and then because the main hall is so high, we needed a really long throw speaker, but it had to be narrow enough to fit in the well and we found that out of Italy with RCF. They’re part of dB Technologies and they make this extremely high powered speaker that’s very, very small and compact—sounds wonderful and then we used their Cloud 6s, which is their small one for the meeting rooms and the bathrooms. [Timestamp: 4:09]
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