“Originally we talked about finding a way to make every classroom function exactly the same, so that the teachers would never have issues, when moving from one classroom to the next. We also wanted to make sure that we future proofed for later expansion, and Q-SYS was a pretty natural fit on all fronts” says Steve Klotz, SFM’s pro audio sales representative for the Prairies.
The use of video and other media in the classroom environment has increased significantly over the past several years and the Regina Catholic School Division has embraced the use of these technologies in their curriculum and in their extra-curricular activities. As a result, it is vital to ensure that a voice page or a bell comes through to the entire school with clear intelligibility. The school’s emergency preparedness plan requires this degree of prioritized audio; routing the inputs and outputs from each classroom into a central system provides full control of the audio and allows for prioritized paging.
Each classroom is outfitted with QSC AcousticCoverage™ AC-C4T ceiling speakers. The speakers are powered by SPA2-60 plenum rated amplifiers that are easily concealed within the ceiling of the classrooms. There are also several AcousticCoverage™ AC-S4T surface mount speakers installed in areas where ceiling speaker installation is not possible.
A QSC I/O-22 peripheral unit is used to manage the inputs and outputs and allows for the possibility of expansion if needed. The IP capabilities of the Core 110f allow for each of the three floors to function as a separate system. Each system is networked to the Q-SYS platform, a powerful networked audio solution that allows for complete control over the hardware within each zone. Audio system design within Q-SYS is easily accomplished using the Q-SYS Designer software. Each zone is equipped with a TSC-3 touchscreen; the user-friendly interface is popular with the teachers and staff that need to access the zone control functions.
A gymnasium is currently still under construction and the paging system will easily be expanded to accommodate this new zone. The gym system will be designed using QSC E Series passive speakers, and will be integrated into the overall school system through Q-SYS as well.
Technology has come a long way since the days when the teacher would roll in a large television on a cart and the volume would have to be turned up so that every student in the room could hear. As a result of their QSC audio installation, Sacred Heart Community School can now offer more modern and innovative learning opportunities to their students.