Classes recently began at the new Wakatipu High School in Queenstown. To meet DQLS (Designing Quality Learning Spaces) guidelines from the New Zealand Ministry of Education, the school was equipped with a wealth of Harman networked audio systems, supplied by JPro (formerly Jands NZ) and integrated by Strawberry Sound.
JBL Contractor Control Series speakers and Commercial Series ceiling speakers were installed throughout the school’s classrooms, offices, auditorium and gym in a system that Strawberry Sound and JPro worked together to design and install. The system is networked through BSS Soundweb London Blu-103 and Blu-100 digital audio processors, distributed via the Dante Layer 3 protocol and managed using Harman HiQnet Audio Architect software.
‘The open architecture of this platform provides a completely customisable solution for future changes to the paging and automatic phone switching systems,’ explained Reuben Pearce of Strawberry Sound. ‘The PABX phone system can dial into the Blu-103 if needed and easily broadcast to the entire school through the headset. The ability to add customised panel settings for the paging system helps simplify the faculty and staff’s daily communications.’
The main sound system in the school’s performing arts theatre, meanwhile, comprises left, centre and right arrays of JBL SRX812 powered loudspeakers and SRX818SP subwoofers, flown above the stage. A Soundcraft SI Impact digital mixing console manages the sound setup during productions and events. Microphones and other input signals are connected to the console via a Soundcraft Mini Stagebox 16, while output speaker signals are time-aligned with a BSS Blu-100.
‘The high efficiency of JBL speakers yields better coverage using fewer speakers at lower volumes,’ said Nicholas van Dyk of JPro. ‘As a result, teachers and pupils benefit from not becoming mentally or aurally fatigued due to poor sound quality and acoustics. The building project manager, Blair Grier, said that Wakatipu High School features the finest acoustics he has encountered in almost three decades of experience.’