The setting for key moments of the US civil rights movement of the early 1960s, the University of Alabama’s Foster Auditorium was home to the university’s basketball teams in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as regularly hosting graduations, lectures, concerts and other large gatherings.

Foster AuditoriumWith the opening of the neighbouring Coliseum, the building lost its standing as the campus’ largest indoor structure, and had fallen into disrepair. Recently, however, the Foster Auditorium underwent a major renovation, reopening as home to the school’s Crimson Tide basketball and volleyball teams.

The Auditorium’s new sound system is designed around the iBox system from Community Professional Loudspeakers. The system comprises 18 iHP1596 and two iHP1564 two-way systems, arranged in single and dual clusters as a distributed system. As Brian Leighton of Sheffield, AL-based Sutherland Sight and Sound explains, the venue’s unique acoustics made the iBOX an ideal choice.

‘It’s a unique venue,’ says Leighton. ‘The primary seating area is located about 10-ft above the playing surface, with continuous glass windows just above it, so it’s a very reflective environment. The distributed design allowed us to keep the loudspeakers relatively close to the seating area and the iBox’s tight pattern control focuses the sound on the seats, and away from the glass.’

More: www.communitypro.com

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