Hillsdale College Michigan

D.A.S. Audio keeps the energy high at Hillsdale College in Michigan




  Located in rural southern Michigan, Hillsdale College is an independent, coeducational, residential, liberal arts college with a student body of about 1,400. The college has a new 76,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility that primarily serves the track and tennis programs while providing additional space for general physical fitness. As part of this new addition to the campus, sound reinforcement takes on a new dimension with the installation of a sound system drawn from the Aero Series 2, Artec, and Arco catalogs of Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio.

Battle Creek MI-based AVTEK, a design / build and special events firm with a focus on AV installations for the commercial, education, and worship markets, was contracted to design and deploy the college’s new sound system. Andrew Walker, who handles both system design and sales for the company, discussed the nature of the project and his decision to install D.A.S. Audio loudspeakers.

“Hillsdale College has a spectacular new venue that, in addition to being the new home of the tennis, track, and general fitness programs, will also serve as a special use facility for events such as speeches, presentations, various productions, and graduation ceremonies. The space incorporates an Olympic caliber track surface and, when used for non-athletic events, has a capacity for roughly 4,500 people. For both sporting and other events, a high quality sound system capable of a high level of speech intelligibility and music reproduction was considered essential.”

Ultimately, Walker and the AVTEK installation crew outfitted the room with 18 D.A.S. Audio Aero 8A powered, ultra-compact two-way line array modules, 4 LX-215A powered subwoofers, 24 Arco 24T molded high-impact ABS enclosures, and 3 Artec 28 two-way passive loudspeakers. The Aero 8A enclosures are positioned using a flown left-center-right array configuration of 6 boxes per hang while the LX-215 subwoofers are flown centered between the left-center array and the right-center array. The Artec 28’s are flown above the mezzanine level and the Arco 24T loudspeakers are ceiling mounted to steel joists.

When asked about those features that made the various loudspeaker models a compelling choice for this project, Walker offered the following. “The D.A.S. Aero Series 2 loudspeakers were a great fit for the system scope of the building, and their acoustical performance, very warm, smooth sound and speech intelligibility was a major concern in this building because of all its hard, reflective surfaces and no sound control. These speakers articulate very well, with clear, detailed voice reproduction while being very musical—with a tight, punchy low end.”

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