The Stissing Mountain junior/senior high school in the Pine Planes Central School District, upstate New York, recently upgraded its AV capabilities to include a core of multiple Ashly Audio amplification and control solutions.
Like many combined schoolhouses in rural America, Stissing Mountain is part educational facility, part community meeting space, and is often the most well-equipped location in town to host a live performance, so meeting the local community’s varied needs was crucial.
“When you have a space that is truly the preeminent meeting and performance hall for a community, your primary concerns need to be that the system works well and is extremely intuitive to control,” said Thomas DePace, engineering and design specialist for Advance Sound Company, the company responsible for integrating the new system. “What we found in Ashly Audio was a system that confidently checks those boxes and brings with it a ton of flexibility.”
In total, DePace integrated an Ashly NE24.24M with a Protea DSP Audio Matrix Processor providing 12 inputs and 12 outputs; an Ashly NE24.24M with a Protea DSP Audio Matrix Processor with four inputs and four outputs; an Ashly NXE1.52 Network Power Amplifier providing 2 x 1,500 Watts @2 Ohms; an Ashly NXE8004 Network Power Amplifier delivering 4 x 800 Watts @2 Ohms; and an Ashly NE8800MM Network Enabled Protea DSP offering eight inputs and eight outputs with two 4-channel Mic Cards.
“We’re using that full array of Ashly amplification to power multiple Danley speakers throughout the facility,” DePace said. “Everything from larger speakers across the main auditorium to monitors and stage fills. The Ashly setup also has a very nice way in which it allows for mixing the system. The NE8800MM, for example, is providing all of the auto-mixing. It’s a decent amount of gear, and yet it’s all tied together with the perfect control: the Ashly FR-8.”
The system DePace integrated highlights Ashly’s interoperability. Components from Crestron, Christie, Panasonic, Allen & Heath, Sennheiser, and Danley also run throughout the integration.
“To use all of these manufacturers and recognise the core of it – from power to control – is Ashly is really impressive,” DePace said. “Honestly, this is the first time we used Ashly Audio solutions. After hearing and seeing how well it turned out, we know we’ll be using many more in the future.”