NORTHRIDGE, California – Home to
the Texas Christian University (TCU) Horned Frogs’ football team, Amon G.
Carter Stadium is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar rebuild, which
includes a full redesign of the sound system. Initially, a HARMAN-based
distributed system was considered with custom boxes; however, the University
desired the “big sound” that comes with an end zone cluster.
Casey Sherred of Acoustic
Dimensions in Addison, Texas worked with the University to design a system that
would capture and deliver the feel of the college football experience. “As HKS
Architects developed the design for the stadium, iterative changes moved the
scoreboard to a level that made an end zone solution possible, giving the
University the audio experience it wanted to enhance game-day excitement,”
Sherred said. “TCU was very pleased with the performance of its original JBL
system, which drove the selection of HARMAN products from speakers, amplifiers,
DSP to the audio console.”
Fort Worth, Texas-based Electro
Acoustics installed the complete HARMAN system, highlighted by six JBL VLA
The stadium, which was operable
during the 2011 football season, is slated to complete construction by the 2012
season. With the sound system
replaced, it now boasts 20 VLA601H-WRX loudspeakers, eight VLA601-WRX’s, eight
VLA301H-WRX’s and eight ASB6128 subwoofers hanging from the scoreboard behind
the north end zone. The north
seating areas are covered by four PD5322/95-WRX, two PD743-WRX, 11
AM7212/00-WRX and 15 Control 28T-60 loudspeakers. Throughout the seating and
pedestrian traffic areas, audio systems include: 189 Control 26CT ceiling
speakers located in the restrooms and 89 Control 25AV’s providing sound to
concession areas. The Founder’s Lounge and Champion’s Club utilize 28 Control
227CT’s and seven Control 321CT’s to entertain the crowds with clear, live
music and commentary.
“The VLA speakers allowed us to
design a system that exhibited broadband pattern control, facilitating great
sound 600 feet away while controlling sound levels on the party deck just 25
feet below,” Sherred said.
The schedule was tight with
construction occurring during the football season. Installation and
commissioning of the audio system was scheduled down to a ‘T’ as installers and
designers dealt with construction on the stadium. The most challenging aspect was ensuring the sound and
building contractors did not interfere with each other, causing delays or
budget overruns. According to Chris Jordan, president of Electro Acoustics, by
working with the contractors and electricians, Electro Acoustics was able to
construct, program and test the equipment in their shop, shipping and rigging
it at the field when time permitted. The project was completed on time and
“JBL has proven itself with TCU
as a reliable, high-quality performer over the decades, which aligns itself
perfectly with the reputation of Horned Frogs football,” stated Jordan. “Constantly in the national spotlight
and drawing sold out crowds, it is important to have a stadium that not only
looks like it hosts a national caliber team, but one that also excites the
crowd and offers that extra ‘wow’ factor.
The VLA system throughout the stadium is top-quality and performs
The sound system is powered by
Crown amplifiers – 43 MA-5000i’s and 18 MA-9000i’s, accompanied with CTS 1200,
2000, 3000, 4200A, 600 and 8200A amps – and processed through BSS London DSP
technology, including BLU-120, 160, 800 BLU-10 touchscreen remote and SW9012US
volume controllers in the suites.
The Soundcraft Si Compact digital console will be installed during the
offseason. The HARMAN system is controlled through HARMAN’s HiQnet System
“We’ve had a great relationship
with TCU over the past 20 years and they continue to rely on our experience to
do exactly what we promise and to provide exceptional service,” Jordan
said. “The system sounds great.
TCU expected a loud and clear system to excite their fans and players and
that’s exactly what we installed. There is plenty of headroom, low distortion
and it is absolutely clear.”
“I’ve received multiple
complements, from university admin, coaches, players and even folks around the
neighborhood,” Jordan continued.
“We couldn’t ask for a better response.”
For more information about Electro
Acoustics, please visit http://www.eavi.com.
For more information about Acoustic
Dimensions, please visit http://acousticdimensions.com
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