Sound Solutions was the successful bidder for the upgrade of the Matsqui Recreation Centre. As with many older buildings, there were several ‘layers’ of sound systems, ranging from the early 1980s to more recent equipment that was about 10 years old. A number of pieces of equipment had failed, and as is typical of some installations, the system was not user friendly:
The arena sound system consisted of some custom built bass bins, likely in the early 1980s, in which both woofers were blown. The mid-high speakers were placed on top of the bass bins, firing right across the arena to the spectator seating areas, which left little coverage for the ice surface itself. The existing system had no accommodations for current connectivity needs like a Bluetooth connection to any zone, and the system required a central paging mic at the front office that could page throughout the building in case of an emergency.
We chose to install a QSC Core 110f digital signal processor, with new amplifiers, with a touch screen at the front desk admin area, as well as a second touch screen in the skate shop, to control the arena sound, as well as the arena foyer.
To save the available budget, we reused the existing wall and floor mount racks, taking a third unused rack and old equipment in on trade.
The front desk rack received an overhaul, installing the QSC Core DSP head end, with a new 4 channel QSC amplifier to drive the pool, lobby, fitness centre and hallways speakers. Redundant network switches were installed to remove the chance of failure of communication between the main rack, and the amplifier located near the skate shop, with the audio being fed to the remote amplifier via a local network, rather than traditional audio cables. Distortion and noise were reduced, and the wire runs were more economical compared to running analog cabling.