NILES, Ill., Nov. 25, 2013—The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Memphis opened its doors earlier this year, complete with a 300-seat theater, fitness center, church, meeting rooms, classroom facilities, and a unique “Challenge Center” designed to promote teamwork and collaboration among young people of diverse backgrounds. A facility that services multiple activities simultaneously, the new venue required an intelligent wireless microphone system that could support 34 channels of audio seamlessly across a number of different rooms. The Kroc Center audio team selected Shure ULX-D™ Digital Wireless Systems.
With the help of Memphis Audio, a local full service design/build audio company, Kevin Lipe, AV manager for the Salvation Army Kroc Center of Memphis, made the decision to use ULX-D Digital Wireless Systems to meet the venue’s needs. Not only did ULX-D fulfill the channel and sound quality requirements, but it offered digital networking capabilities for system longevity. The Kroc Center is outfitted with single ULX-D Digital Wireless System receivers and also features four ULXD4Q quad channel receivers, integrated with Dante™ digital audio networking, in the center’s chapel.
“For our operators—who range from aerobic teachers to volunteers—ease of use was crucial. Likewise, being able to sync the gear throughout the venue and move equipment seamlessly from room to room was important to ensure we can act ‘on the fly’ and better serve the 20,000 people who visit the center monthly,” said Lipe. “One bonus feature that has had a dramatic impact on how we operate is the system’s rechargeable technology. We didn’t originally seek out a system with rechargeable batteries, but it has saved us a significant amount of money and, with drop in cradles conveniently located throughout the center, our equipment is always ready for action.”
Matt Britt, audio systems engineer at Memphis Audio, added, “Due to the lack of companding circuits and the fully digital signal path, it’s the cleanest sound I’ve heard from a wireless system. Additionally, we recommended Shure ULX-D because we knew Wireless Workbench® 6 would be helpful in monitoring and managing frequencies from a central location. The sleek physical appearance and intuitive software did not disappoint. ”
The Kroc Center supports the surrounding communities of Memphis, offering a comprehensive range of continuing education, visual and performing arts, health and wellness programs, family services, and indoor/outdoor recreation for youth, adults, families, and senior citizens. For more information about The Salvation Army Kroc Center Memphis, please visit http://www.krocmemphis.org/.