Networked audio can be successfully implemented in any commercial, professional, or consumer environment. Networked audio solutions can take the form of any of the following system configurations:
- Combined Audio
- Integrated Multi-System
- Paging, Public Address, and Sound Reinforcement
- Room combining
Here are samples of Biamp networked audio installations across multiple environments:
Secondary benefits of networked audio include the capacity for easy system monitoring and cost-effective coverage by using the existing building’s wiring infrastructure. By replacing analog cabling with Cat-5/6 and fiber optic cabling, networked audio solutions end up increasing sound quality and system performance, while simultaneously cutting costs for end customers, and installation time for integrators.
An installation that exemplifies these benefits is the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Student Center.
Instead of remodeling the existing W.R. Davies Student Center, which the students, faculty, and staff decided no longer met their needs, UWEC replaced it with a new 170,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Student Center. The challenge Audio Architects faced with this installation was providing professional audio to support over 11,500 student and business events per year, with easy zoning, room combining, complete digital signal processing, and audio input/output control between all rooms, while making it user-friendly to boot.
Leading the Audio Architects team on this installation, Andy Pierson chose Biamp Tesira as the only option for the high level of usability, flexibility, scalability, and control required by UWEC in this $2.7 million installation. The Student Center features an AVB network, which supports background music (BGM) and live paging, and spans all floors, ballrooms, event/performance spaces, indoor and outdoor lounge areas.
7 Tesira SERVER-IO’s well-stocked with local I/O; 27 individual remote audio expanders; system total of 278 analog inputs and 246 analog outputs.
The Tesira SERVER-IO provides UWEC with a single Ethernet-based DSP network that can accommodate large quantities of both analog and digital input/output. The ability to combine and separate audio and digital signal processing as needed are important functions for the university. Using a networked media Tesira system, Audio Architects enabled UWEC to meet the current and future needs of its students, staff, faculty, and business partners.
For details on this and other examples of how networked media systems can benefit clients and integrators alike, visit our case studies page.
In the fourth and last post in this networked audio series, I’ll discuss the future of networked audio, and where we go from here.