Technology systems integrator Strategic Connections has completed the design and installation of a new sound system in the main sports and event hall of the 165,000sq-ft Rocky Mount Event Center – located in Rocky Mount, midway between Miami and New York – using a Community Pro loudspeaker system.

Rocky Mount Event CenterThe centre is the premier sports, events and entertainment destination for North Carolina, hosting a wide variety of events from rock concerts and sports tournaments to graduation ceremonies, conferences, trade shows and weddings.

‘The large hall is used for both sports and events, with removable seating for up to 4,000 people. The sound system had to provide both high intelligibility speech and premium music quality, with even coverage in the reflective space for all forms of event,’ Strategic Connections’ sales and Design Manager for the project, Jim Bang, says. ‘This is a major challenge for any system and we chose Community’s IV6 modular vertical array as the optimum solution for a reasonable price.’

The main system comprises a single IV6 modular vertical array, comprising nine Community IV6-1122 wide-dispersion 12-inch two-way array elements. Two additional IV6-1122 loudspeakers are flown separately to cover the seating immediately to the side of the vertical array and six R.35Coax 10-inch ultra-compact coaxial two-way loudspeakers cover the rear bleacher seating behind the vertical array.

Strategic Connections consulted with Community’s TAG Team (Technical Applications Group) on the configuration and Bang reports, ‘The consistency and audio quality throughout the hall is excellent.’

A BSS Soundweb London Blu-100 provides DSP and the loudspeakers are driven by Linea Research 44M06 4-channel amplifiers. The system is operated from a 32-channel PreSonus StudioLive RML32AI digital mixer, with Soundweb Ethernet wall controllers providing additional simple volume control.

‘IV6 has exceeded expectations and its physical- and acoustic-shaping tools allowed the system to be perfectly tailored to deliver uniform coverage of the hall,’ Bang concludes. ‘The client is very happy that they now have a system that provides great sound, whatever the event.’

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