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in Sound, Light & Vision

Chas BESA - British Education Suppliers Association

St Clement Danes School

Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire

The school felt it time for an upgrade of their sound and theatrical lighting systems in the Main Hall and Drama Studio.  Clarity recommended reusing the existing Martin Audio loudspeakers, wireless microphones and amplifiers that they had previously installed some years ago, but add a digital signal processor (DSP) to help provide the optimum sound quality and clarity.  The DSP Includes a limiter that protects the system from being overdriven, a feedback suppressor, and a graphic equaliser to fine tune the sound.  Also added was a Denon CD/media player with a USB slot and an auxiliary input for a computer, an MP3 player or a Smartphone.  It also includes Bluetooth connectivity and the sound can be controlled via an iPad programmed by Clarity.

A Yamaha TF1 digital mixing console was also added to the sound system in the control room at the rear of the Hall.  One of the major advantages of this mixer over others is that it includes an eight channel, totally automatic mixer which raises and lowers microphone volumes without manual intervention.  This is ideal for choirs and across-stage pickup with cabled microphones, or multi-way radio microphones for conferences and events.  No technical operator is required for this function.

A new lectern with the school logo on the front was supplied with two gooseneck microphones, a simple volume mixer to control audio directly from the lectern and a screen to duplicate the image being projected onto the Hall screen.

To upgrade the lighting a front-of-house lighting bar was added plus two bars above the stage.  Adding a package of 16 LED lanterns supported from the bars and a lighting control desk brought the hall right up to date.

For the Drama Studio Clarity installed a new sound system including a cabinet with a Denon CD/media player, mixer and four new high-quality Yamaha loudspeakers.  A remote volume control with input selection was fitted so no-one needs to access the mixer to control the sound.   Next to the volume control was fitted an aux cable input and a cabled XLR input for microphones.