Sound and Video at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Part 2
Sep 26, 2012 12:43 PM, With Bennett Liles
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The new Pacific Coast Club at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base has an event schedule that requires a very versatile sound and video system. Jensen AV in Santa Barbara took on the job, and John Salgado is here with details on how the place was fitted out to function as one big room or several smaller ones, coming up on the SVC Podcast.
SVC: John, thanks for being back for part two on the SVC Podcast from Jensen AV in Santa Barbara, Calif., with the big setup there in the Pacific Coast Club on Vandenberg Air Force Base. We were talking in part 1 about the camera, the Vaddio system that you put in; they have more than just cameras in there though. They have a lot of presentation gear there, too. How was it trying to work around the busy schedule they have at the Pacific Coast Club? Did they clear everything out for you to work?
John Salgado: Well, in a perfect world they would have cleared everything out, but since it was a working facility, it definitely was a challenge. We ended up having basically at ad hoc meetings; we ended up having commencement ceremonies, presentations, and training all happening during the time we were there, so even trying to block a room out you really ended up only getting a couple of hours in one room. So trying to be flexible and setting up the installation to be flexible really was one of the challenges. The bonus to that was that the staff in house was really on our side and really wanted to see the project be successful, so they did everything they could and bent over backwards to accommodate us. We really appreciated that. Having their buy in and support made it so much easier to work around all these meetings and start ups that would happen. [Timestamp: 2:00]
Makes a big difference when everybody is working together instead of just seeing who can get to their own finish line first.
And they have plenty of presentation equipment there. They have media players, presentation computers, and everything. Now, where is that stuff located? How do they get to those?
We ended up setting up one central command position for the entire facility, so in there they have classified computers; they have the Blu-ray players, the DVD players, CD players. They have everything that could be controlled from one centralized location behind Ballroom B. Basically we’re in the middle of the whole facility. From that point one person can actually view and monitor each of the rooms independently, and they can actually listen to see if there’s anything going on, any issues. That ended up cutting down the need to have multiple techs during a presentation because one person could just actually see the entire facility. [Timestamp: 2:52]
OK, so if they have somebody in there to do a presentation and as part of that they want to show a video, the AV operator can just listen for his cue and just roll it in from the control room?
Exactly and on top of that they would be able to take video to tape and then record it. Things like that were important for them for commencement ceremonies or promotional ceremonies, I should say. So then that way the actual individual could have a take home as well as when they would have important people come through. They wanted to record those and be able to share those later on, on their closed circuit television network that they have too. So they had the ability to take any content in and then distribute it even videoconferencing as well. [Timestamp: 3:27]
And when you have multiple events going on in close proximity to each other the video isn’t that much of a problem, but the sound can be a more difficult situation as far as isolation between the sections. So how is the sound system set up in the way you have it routed from the mic inputs to the speakers and all that?
Well, what we ended up doing is we ended up using one of the dbx products, an SC64 and we actually created a matrix, a 32x16. And what we ended up doing is basically setting up a series of presets that the AMX system will recall. That gives us the ability to create different mixes and also adjust different volume levels from the main position and then that also let us through the AMX to provide individual looks and scenes for the individuals in the rooms. They only have access to a certain portion of the overall system, giving the master control still to the one individual. So that let us set up certain speakers closer [in] proximity toward each other at different volume levels, and we could go ahead and do mixes that would let a full blown party happen in two thirds of the ballroom while they’re having a key note presentation in the first. [Timestamp: 4:35]
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