The recently completed first phase of Canada's Calgary Stampede's audio system redesign addresses a previously problematic audience area that had developed over time.
The Calgary Stampede is one of western Canada’s longest running traditions, an annual party that has continued to change and grow since its beginnings back in the early 1900s. The once-annual event has morphed into a year-round celebration of western culture and tradition, and Stampede Park offers a steady calendar of agricultural fairs, horse racing, livestock exhibitions and a full-time casino.
As the park has evolved, so have its needs. Larger audiences demand increased seating, more facilities, better audio and a host of other issues. The park is presently in the midst of a long-term, multi-phase renovation project, expanding and revamping everything from the grounds and seating to the audio, video and lighting infrastructure.
The recently completed first phase of the audio system redesign addresses a previously problematic audience area that had developed over time. The original grandstand seating was augmented by additional infield seating and bleachers. Audio to these new seats suffered from poor intelligibility and multiple arrival delays. A new upgraded system was added, based around Community M4 coaxial loudspeakers and R6 Basshorn subwoofer.
A pair of Community R2 covers the standing room only section, with Crown CTS-series amps powering the system. Speaker processing and distribution for the full house PA is courtesy Biamp Audia DSP.
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