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Brooklyn Tech high school auditorium given audio overhaul

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Brooklyn Tech high school auditorium given audio overhaul

Masque Sound has supplied a new sound system for New York City-based Brooklyn Tech High School's 80-year-old auditorium.

With seating for 3,100 and two balconies, the auditorium underwent a 2010 architectural makeover to preserve the hall’s 20th century elegance. The Masque Sound upgrade, however, brought the venue's audio capabilities up to 21st century, professional-calibre production standards.

Sub-contracted by Midland Electric and working with acoustical design firm Criterion Acoustics, the team at Masque Sound put together a package featuring equipment from d&b Audiotechnik, Peavey, Crestron, Blackmagic and L-Acoustics.

“From a functionality standpoint, we wanted to provide Brooklyn Tech with a turnkey solution,” said Matt Peskie, systems engineer, Masque Sound. “From the cabling infrastructure to the speakers, and all other audio equipment in between, everything has been replaced.”

A significant part of Masque Sound’s involvement in the project was speaker and sound reinforcement. The firm installed two rows of delay speakers under the balcony, and one row in the upper balcony to significantly improve the clarity of sound for people seated in those areas.

Peskie integrated an array of speakers from d&b for the upgrade. “I like the tonality and flexibility of the d&b speakers,” he stated. “We used seven different models of their speakers on this particular job. d&b has a wide array of products for different needs and applications, so we were easily able to install a speaker that was the size we needed and would give us the output and coverage required.”

Masque Sound also incorporated all d&b proprietary D6 and D12 amplifiers, which were loaded with every preset required for the individual speaker models. The speakers work in conjunction with the d&b R1 control software system, making it easy to set up user pages to aid in system tuning. Masque Sound used the Peavey MediaMatrix units for all of the audio DSP, allowing the system to interface with Crestron.

The company installed a Crestron TPS-6X tilt touch screen, which offers a straightforward interface with the system. It combines a 5.7-inch active-matrix display and powerful Isys engine to produce 16-bit colour graphics with versatility and fast performance. Users now control all the technology in the auditorium with the TPS-6X.

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Tags: peavey, l-acoustics, d&b audiotechnik, crestron, mediamatrix, masque sound, blackmagic, brooklyn tech, d&b r1 export, TPS-6X, d&b D6, d&b D12, criterion acoustics, midland electric

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