ArtsQuest Center


The Challenge:

Design and implement a superior audio and digital media distribution solution to support the four-story, 65,000-square-foot ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks performing arts center. The solution needed to flexibly distribute digital and analog signals, give staff truly versatile control over signal distribution, and create a patron-focused environment that engages audiences to return again and again.

The Solution:

HARMAN integrator AVI-SPL’s solution combined best-of-breed technologies from a range of companies and brands, which brought control panels, digital media, audio and video into a cohesive system, allowing staff to control the facility’s resources from multiple locations. With wireless control and touch panels located throughout facility, the staff broadly distributes high-quality sound and video throughout the venue. One of the standout designs was for the Center’s Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas. AVI-SPL adhered to the highest quality specifications for digital cinema viewing and designed a system that handles robust analog and integrates a theatrical surround system, including projectors that observe the motion picture industry’s DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives) standard. A custom multi-format switcher makes it easy for both theaters to use shared signal sources, carrying industry-standard AES/EBU digital audio, analog audio, HD-SDI and component video. For guest lecturers, twisted-pair transceivers accommodate computer inputs at the screens.

Impact:

“There’s nothing like it outside Philadelphia and New York City,” says Raymond, noting the positive reception by attendees and colleagues alike. “They are very pleased with what our building offers.”

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