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AtlasIED FS-Series horns update Melbourne baseball stadium

AtlasIED FS-Series horns update Melbourne baseball stadium

AtlasIED FS-Series horns update Melbourne baseball stadium


Melbourne commercial AV integration firm Mozaix has designed and installed a new audio system into the Melbourne Ballpark stadium, selecting all-weather, multipurpose horn speakers from AtlasIED to cover 2,200 seats in the grandstand and additional seating on the surrounding lawns.

For more than 30 years, the home of the Melbourne Aces baseball team had been using the same audio system, and attendance was dwindling. “The current system covered only 50% of the stadium,” said Mozaix director Paul Tucker. “The listening experience varied wildly throughout the venue. The way the system had been originally set up, spectators in one area might hear next to nothing while those seated elsewhere might have their eardrums blasted.” The original loudspeakers also lacked the technology to broadcast music optimally, with the result that it usually overpowered broadcasts from sports announcers.

Mozaix’s objectives were to provide full, even audio throughout the stadium, lawns, concourses, beer garden and baseball field; enough headroom to support intelligible announcements from broadcasters; dynamic music and special effects to engage spectators and strategic zoned distribution of audio.

“We wanted the experience to be similar to what American college baseball and football stadiums deliver,” Tucker explained. “We contacted AtlasIED distributor PAVT for its recommendation, and consequently went with the FS Series arena horn loudspeakers. Inside they have a 12-inch woofer for handling low frequencies and playing music with warmth and emotion. Plus, their multipurpose design ensures excellent voice reproduction.” Additional bonuses included all-weather construction and a variety of flare angles, focusing audio on specific areas for enhanced clarity.

Using an 86-foot boom, Mozaix mounted three FS12T-94 boxes with a 90° x 40° dispersion range to the stadium roofline. “The ballplayers can hear the audio to engage with the crowd and feel the excitement of the game,” said Tucker. Spectators receive audio from four FS12T-99 boxes (90° x 90° dispersion) pointed down at the grandstands and out toward the sideline gardens.

Two shotgun microphones continually measure the noise level of the stadium. When attendance is light, pink noise automatically injects onto the audio system to simulate the sound of a larger crowd. When the ambient noise escalates, so does the audio level. When the stadium crowd cheers, an audio track of a cheering crowd plays through the audio system automatically. “This all occurs very naturally and goes undetected,” Tucker says. “I demonstrated this effect to the CEO of the stadium who commented that he immediately felt a difference in warmth and ambiance.”

Mozaix also provided simple control and integration of audio with the Melbourne sports radio station. From the announcer’s booth, audio can be directed to specific zones, inputs turned on and off and audio levels adjusted.

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