Campbellsville University Press Box expands capabilities with Allen & Heath dLive Audio Control

Campbellsville University Press Box expands capabilities with Allen & Heath dLive Audio Control

Campbellsville University Press Box expands capabilities with Allen & Heath dLive Audio Control

United States – Kentucky-based AVL consulting and installation experts JCA Media continue to push the boundaries of audio, video and lighting technology with their latest Finley Stadium/Citizens Bank Field press room upgrade project and connected facilities at Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky. At the heart of over nine miles of combined AV cabling across the site, JCA Media selected an Allen & Heath dLive CDM32 MixRack, a compact surface dLive C1500 and a plethora of remote control options to deliver the heavy audio mixing.

“Although it is a large building, it is primarily a football system with some open mics needed for the main sound system,” notes Alex Peake, project manager at JCA Media. “The PA mix comes from an Allen & Heath IP8 Remote, an 11-1/2” wide eight fader motorized remote that works with the dLive system. The main PA operator just wanted quick level control for the stadium announcer mic, referee mic and music: a sort of side-car feature that the IP8 easily handles. A dLive C1500 control surface lives in the broadcast room where the team can quickly adjust EQs and compression to make broadcast mixing a little more convenient. It’s really cool to see how flexible dLive is when it comes to control and I/O options, especially since there are two broadcast rooms, a classroom on the second floor and the President’s suite on the third floor which all have I/O requirements as well. We used DX168 remote I/O units in each slot entering and exiting the CDM32 to give me the necessary connectivity in those rooms. Audio control in each of the spaces is managed by wall-mounted IP1s or more tactile IP8s. »

“These IP1 and IP8 units are so powerful,” adds Peake. “They are a quick way to give control of a dLive or an Avantis or even an AHM. We connected them through a standard TCP/IP network connection and easily connect with other controllers and computers, all over a standard Ethernet infrastructure. Campbellsville has an IP8 ahead of play-by-play operators. Layer A is the monitor mix for play-by-play 1 while layer B allows play-by-play 2 to adjust its monitor mix. It’s a pretty cool app with two of the six IP8 fader layers used as a multi-person monitor mixer.

“When they were playing stingers or commercials that played on the huge stadium screen and PA, they didn’t just want that audio mix to be handled in the Tricaster,” Peake noted. “Rather, they wanted to bring it out for fine-tuning via the dLive with their play-by-play mics and reference mics which would then be fed back to the Tricaster. Dante allows us to draw from the Tricaster’s media pool and send it to the dLive to combine and mix as needed and send it back to the Tricaster’s program stream. This routing was much more technically complicated in the previous system design, but now Dante and dLive combine to add the power, flexibility and simplicity they need.

dLive Director is also used in all areas of the room requiring audio monitoring. From outdoor tailgating areas to the press room and various indoor areas, access points for dLive Director provide audio control where and when it’s needed. A cross-platform editor and control software for dLive, dLive Director allows offline system configuration before play begins and full control of the live mix using a Mac or PC laptop or touch pad. “If someone doesn’t have quick access to the dLive C1500 in the broadcast room,” Peake notes, “They can pick it up where they are on their Mac and run whatever they need. Almost everywhere we have a screen, we have access to Director and therefore access to dLive.

Named after Campbellsville University’s oldest football coach, Ron Finley, the Finley Stadium/Citizens Bank Field Press Box contains a wide array of state-of-the-art AVL equipment. With over 20 Danley speakers, Shure QLX-D microphones, Blackmagic 288×288 Videohub, nearly 50 Green-GO communication points, Panasonic PTZ cameras, Lyntec power control, production room control consoles Winsted and an illumination from Chauvet and The Light Source, Finley Stadium is equipped to excel in audio and video live, streamed and distributed into the future.

Campbellsville University Press Box expands capabilities with Allen & Heath dLive Audio ControlCampbellsville University Press Box expands capabilities with Allen & Heath dLive Audio Control

March 8, 2022

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