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  •   AC-ET is Sound Choice for Uni. of Glamorgan ATRiuM Arts Facility

AC-ET is Sound Choice for Uni. of Glamorgan ATRiuM Arts Facility

8th March 2010

AC-ET’s Audio division has supplied four independent PA systems featuring over 90 separate product lines to the University of Glamorgan’s state of the art ATRiuM drama and music teaching facility. The audio equipment is helping music and technology students to learn the principles of live sound reproduction through a combination of hands-on training in the classroom and during live events.

The ATRiuM campus is a purpose designed building for the University’s creative division, the Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries. Featuring the very latest industry technologies, students studying Music and Sound now have access to a comprehensive list of live sound equipment including four medium venue systems with microphones, mixing desks, outboard equipment and speakers.

A.C. Entertainment Technologies, a previous supplier to the University, won the tender to provide the live sound equipment. After carrying out a site visit, arranging demos and assisting with the design of the systems, equipment was selected that could be used for classroom teaching and to create a larger single touring PA for mixing live performances.

The main live teaching systems each consist of two EAW JFL210 line array cabinets and two JFL118 18” subwoofers. They can easily be combined for live mixing in larger auditoriums, such as the University’s student union facilities.

Each rig features the same Yamaha floor monitors, which can then be combined when used for live gigs. For cost-effectiveness and to aid in A-B speaker comparisons, the four systems feature the same power amplifier models from the QSC range.

A.C. supplied a mixture of digital and analogue sound consoles from their line-up of industry-leading brands. Models include an Allen & Heath GL2400 32 channel desk, Soundcraft GB4 24 channel desk, Dynacord Powermate 2200 desk and Yamaha LS9 16 channel desk, to give students experience of mixing in both the analogue and digital domain.

The extensive list of other equipment supplied includes Dynacord and Martin Audio full range cabinets and subwoofers; Alesis, BSS, DBX, Denon, Klark Teknik, LA Audio, Lexicon, Tascam, TC Electronics, Yamaha and XTA outboard equipment; AKG, Audix, Beyerdynamic, Countryman, DPA, EMO, K&M, Neumann, Sennheiser and Shure vocal and instrument microphones, stands and DI boxes; Kelsey power distribution; and Van Damme, ATM and Tourmate microphone, speaker and power cabling and Neutrik associated connectors.

A.C.’s in-house Cable Express manufacturing service made all cabling to order and assembled the amplifier and FX racks in-house, providing the complete end-to-end PA systems ready and flightcased for use on delivery to the University.

Mairéad O’Reilly, Senior Lecturer, Music & Sound Division, commented: “My primary objective when specifying the equipment was to educate students to be ready for the industry by the time they graduate. This meant firstly having enough professional quality equipment to ensure every student has plenty of hands-on experience and secondly that they are introduced to the equipment brands that they are most likely to encounter.

In order to explore the industry needs in a classroom environment, it was vital to choose equipment that presented an extensive learning curve. From the moment I started dealing with Glen Thompson of AC –ET, he was immediately sensitive to our needs and worked tirelessly with me to help achieve our goals. Glen worked closely with me on every technical detail, gave unbiased opinions and treated this project as though it were his own.

The resultant outcome has been four state of the art PA Systems that cater for all our needs. The flexibility enables students to gain experience with different size rigs and different degrees of complexity. They also gain the experience of high quality sound, so they can learn to hear the difference - just what the industry needs!”

A.C. Audio is a division of A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd.

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