Northern Michigan University‘s new $33.5 million instructional facility opted for a new audio solution to improve versatility.
The university went with a Renkus-Heinz IC2 digitally steered line array.
The system consists of two IC2-FR cabinets and one IC215S-FR subwoofer on each side. The system was integrated by Innovative Communications Inc.
Eric Smith, the director of broadcast and audio visual services at Northern Michigan University said that the new system also includes a Yamaha digital mixer and Dante network, and enables decent mixing opportunities.
“With the beam-steering capabilities of the IC2, you can EQ properly and mix accurately,” he said in a previous statement. “We took advantage of that to build a mix position two-thirds of the way back in the house so whoever is mixing has a good acoustical observation point and can do a really nice mix. For events, everything is mixed by a human and goes through the Renkus-Heinz arrays.”
Smith also said the new audio system was a success, and attracts compliments from visitors.
“What a system,” he said. “No matter where you sit in the house, you get excellent sound, not just good sound. And the speakers are architecturally hidden behind the walls, so listeners have no idea where the sound is coming from. People are just amazed at the sound quality – we get nothing but compliments.”
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