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Waterford High School

Waterford Union High School in Waterford, WI was in the midst of an ongoing initiative to improve the school’s function and design. The 115-year-old building had recently undergone two major building projects which included renovations to the library and guidance office.

Clearwing Systems Integration was tapped to install and implement a new audio system in the high school’s theater, which is used to for plays, concerts, recitals, and various other student activities. The system included wireless microphones, a mixing console, speakers, stage monitors, assistive listening, and audio distribution.

While not isolated to this project, the reduced number of wireless microphone frequencies available due to new government regulations presented a challenge. Since the adoption of these regulations, manufacturers have had to adapt their technology to fit into limited frequencies. Shure’s Axient series, an industry leading wireless system, has the ability to fit a large quantity of microphones in a small frequency bandwidth.

Waterford needed a mixing console that could accommodate all desired inputs, plus be able to mix wireless and wired microphones and various forms of playback. With 72 mix channels, the Yamaha QL5 fit the bill. The console works in conjunction with a QL StageMix-enabled iPad. The iPad overcomes mixing challenges by providing wireless access to the QL5, and by allowing engineers to adjust a wide variety of mix parameters from anywhere in the house.

Other notable items in the system include L-Acoustics ARCS speakers and SB18m subwoofers, QSC E110 stage monitors, Countryman E6 earset microphones, and QSC Q-Sys audio distribution.

The Waterford Union High School theater’s new audio system is user-friendly, versatile, and most importantly provides sufficient audio coverage for the space.

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